Henderson Forsythe Biography (1917-)

Born September 11, 1917, in Macon, MO; son of Cecil Proctor and Mary Katherine (Henderson) Forsythe; married Dorothea Maria Carlson (an actress), May 26,1942; children: Eric, Jason.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Birth Details
September 11, 1917
Macon, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Dickie Reynolds, Accent on Youth, Erie Summer Theatre, Point Chautauqua, NY, 1940.
  • Geoffrey Cole, The Vinegar Tree, Erie Summer Theatre, 1940.
  • Prince Rudolph, Candlelight, Erie Summer Theatre, 1940.
  • Reporter, Margin for Error, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland, OH, 1940.
  • Spencer Grant, Here Today, Cleveland Playhouse, 1940.
  • Cupid Holliday, We Were Here First, Cleveland Playhouse, 1940.
  • Tim Shields, Tony Draws a Horse, Cleveland Playhouse, 1941.
  • Paul Rambusch, Middletown Mural, Cleveland Playhouse, 1941.
  • James, Family Portrait, Cleveland Playhouse, 1941.
  • Rough, Angel Street, Erie Playhouse, Erie, PA, 1946.
  • Harry Archer, Kiss and Tell, Erie Playhouse, 1946.
  • Benjamin Griggs, But Not Goodbye, Erie Playhouse, 1946.
  • Ernest Friedman, Design for Living, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Tommy Turner, The Male Animal, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Norman, Out of the Frying Pan, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Dr. Shelby, Blind Alley, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Horace Giddens, The Little Foxes, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Various roles, My Sister Eileen, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Albert Kummer, Dear Ruth, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Kingsley, Stage Door, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Title role, Uncle Harry, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Dennis Curtin, Anything Can Happen, Erie Playhouse, 1947.
  • Reverend Jones, The Barber and the Cow, Cain Park Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH, 1947.
  • Grandpa Vanderhof, You Can't Take It with You, Cain Park Theatre, 1947.
  • Mr. Webb, Our Town, Cain Park Theatre, 1947.
  • Clark Redfield, Dream Girl, Cain Park Theatre, 1947.
  • Sing Out, Sweet Land, Cain Park Theatre, 1947.
  • Dr. Ferguson, Men in White, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • David Bellow, I Like It Here, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Ned Farrar, Her Master's Voice, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Title role, The Late George Apley, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • John, John Loves Mary, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Grant Matthews, State of the Union, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Dr. Johnson, I Remember Mama, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Professor Charles Burnett, Parlor Story, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Kenneth Bixby, Goodbye Again, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • Tchang, Lute Song, Cain Park Theatre, 1948.
  • Prime minister of China, The Reluctant Virgin, Cain Park Theatre, 1948.
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Cain Park Theatre, 1948.
  • Clark Redfield, Dream Girl, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Colonel, The Hasty Heart, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Doctor, Life with Father, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Snowflake, Ruined by Drink, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Bill Paige, The Voice of the Turtle, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • General K. C. Davis, Command Decision, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Judge, Happy Birthday, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Lance corporal, See How They Run, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Uncle Stanley, George Washington Slept Here, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • Tommy Thurston, Two Blind Mice, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • Horatio Channing, Invitation to a Murder, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • Stephen Minch, Star Wagon, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • Father Moynihan, Jenny Kissed Me, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • Colonel, Jacobowsky and the Colonel, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • (Broadway debut) Mr. Hubble, The Cellar and the Well, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), 1950.
  • Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Matthew Cromwell, Strange Bedfellows, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Clarke Storey, The Second Man, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Jonah Goodman, The Gentle People, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Macauley-Connor, The Philadelphia Story, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Tom, The Glass Menagerie, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Ed Devery, Born Yesterday, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Curley, Green Grow the Lilacs, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Bluntschli, Arms and the Man, Erie Playhouse, 1951.
  • Tommy Turner, The Male Animal, Penn Playhouse, Meadville, PA, 1951.
  • Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey, Penn Playhouse, 1951.
  • Nat, Ah, Wilderness!, Penn Playhouse, 1951.
  • Mr. Adams, Junior Miss, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Jeff, The Curious Savage, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Clarence Day, Life with Mother, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Preston Mitchell, For Love or Money, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Creon, Antigone, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Pappa Bonnard, The Happy Time, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Stephen Wayne, First Lady, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Henderson, Gramercy Ghost, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Detective McLeod, Detective Story, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Mr. Brown, Let Us Be Gay, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Derrick, Rip Van Winkle, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Professor Pearson, The Velvet Glove, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Clark Redfield, Dream Girl, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Title role, Mister Roberts, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Sam Stover, Apple of His Eye, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Jason, Medea, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Major Joppolo, A Bell for Adano, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • David Slater, The Moon Is Blue, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Grandpa Vanderhof, You Can't Take It with You, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Milo Alcott, Lo and Behold, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Sergeant Schultz, Stalag 17, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Title role, Father Malachy's Miracle, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Walter Burns, Front Page, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Charles Colborn, Janie, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Henderson, Bell, Book, and Candle, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Malcolm Bryant, Point of No Return, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Captain Ernest Caldwell, At War with the Army, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Howard Carol, Time Out for Ginger, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • O'Flingsley, Shadow and Substance, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • Inspector, Dial M for Murder, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • Linus, Sabrina Fair, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • Professor Charles Burnett, Mother Was a Statesman, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • He, The Fourposter, Erie Playhouse, 1955.
  • Friar Laurence, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespearean Workshop, New York City,1956.
  • Larry, The Iceman Cometh, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1956.
  • Ned Gates, Miss Lonelyhearts, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1957.
  • Hickey, The Iceman Cometh, Circle in the Square, 1957.
  • Peter Stockman, An Enemy of the People, Actors Playhouse, New York City,1959.
  • Banquo, Macbeth, Cambridge Drama Festival, Cambridge, MA, 1959.
  • Title role, Krapp's Last Tape, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1960.
  • George Bernard Shaw, A Figleaf in Her Bonnet, Gramercy Arts Theatre, NewYork City, 1961.
  • Father Francis, Someone from Assisi, Circle in the Square, 1962.
  • Father, Childhood, Circle in the Square, 1962.
  • Harry, The Collection, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1962.
  • George, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City, 1964.
  • Bert, Dark Corners, Actors Playhouse, 1964.
  • Edward, A Slight Ache, Writers Stage, New York City, 1964.
  • Donald Crawford, The Right Honourable Gentleman, Billy Rose Theatre, 1965.
  • Cox, Miles, and the doctor, Malcolm, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Harry, A Delicate Balance, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1966.
  • Petey, The Birthday Party, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1967.
  • Tobias, A Delicate Balance, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1967.
  • William Chumley, Harvey, ANTA, 1970.
  • Nelson Longhurst, The Engagement Baby, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1970.
  • Dr. Freytag, The Happiness Cage, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1970.
  • Vladimir, Waiting for Godot, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1971.
  • Edward, In Case of Accident, Eastside Playhouse, New York City, 1972.
  • Austin, Not I, Forum Theatre, New York City, 1972.
  • Norris Cummings, An Evening with the Poet-Senator, Playhouse II, New YorkCity, 1973.
  • Priest, The Freedom of the City, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1974.
  • L. D. Alexander, The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1975, then John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1976.
  • Clarence Sickenger, The Oldest Living Graduate, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1976.
  • L. D. Alexander, "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia,"and Clarence Sickenger, "The Oldest Living Graduate," under the combined title The Texas Trilogy, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, then Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, both 1976.
  • Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Entermedia Theatre, then 46th Street Theatre, both New York City, 1978.
  • Harry, Close Relations, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1980.
  • Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Drury Lane Theatre, London, 1981.
  • Bishop Cooley, "The Lady or the Tiger Show," and Louis Benjamin Hinkle, "I'm Good to My Doggies," under the combined title Wild Life, VanDam Theatre,New York City, 1983.
  • Hornby, "A Kind of Alaska," and Controller, "Victoria Station," under thecombined title Other Places, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1984.
  • Case, My Father's House, American Theatre of Actors, New York City, 1984.
  • Lou, After the Fall, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1984.
  • Hastings Hamilton, A Broadcast Baby, American Jewish Theatre, 92nd StreetYoung Men's Hebrew Association, New York City, 1985.
  • Henry Lowenthal, Cliffhanger, Lambs Theatre, New York City, 1985.
  • Sorin, The Seagull, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1985-86.
  • Charlie, Seascape, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, FL, 1986.
  • Orson Baldwin, Some Americans Abroad, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, then Vivian Beaumont Theatre, both New York City, 1990.
  • George Herrick, Fridays, Riverside Shakespeare Company, Playhouse 91, 1991.
  • 110 in the Shade, New York City Opera, New York State Theatre, New York City, 1992.
  • A Quarrel of Sparrows, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1993.
  • Credits; Appeared off-Broadway in The Room, Museum, and How Far Is Itto Babylon? Major Tours
  • Chip Reegan, The Indoor Sport, U.S. cities, 1962.
  • Boss Finley, Sweet Bird of Youth, U.S. cities, 1986-87.
  • Credits; Stage Work; Director
  • State of the Union, Erie Playhouse, 1948.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Cain Park Theatre, 1948.
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Erie Playhouse, 1949.
  • The Cellar and the Well, Erie Playhouse, 1950.
  • The Cellar and the Well, ANTA, 1950.
  • The Women, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Charley's Aunt, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • Montserrat, Erie Playhouse, 1952.
  • I Remember Mama, Erie Playhouse, 1953.
  • Be Your Age, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • As You Like It, Erie Playhouse, 1954.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Dr. Philip Allman, Deathdream (also known as Dead of Night), Europix, 1972.
  • Stoneham, The Greek Tycoon, Universal, 1978.
  • Judge Bartel, Interiors, United Artists, 1978.
  • Quincy Bissell, Silkwood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.
  • Thomas Clinton, End of the Line, Orion, 1988.
  • Ben Bradlee, Chances Are, TriStar, 1989.
  • Appeared as Harry Suydam in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, 1977.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • House detective, Hotel Cosmopolitan, CBS, 1957-58.
  • Jim Benson, From These Roots, NBC, 1958-61.
  • Dr. David Stewart, As the World Turns, CBS, 1960-91.
  • Also appeared in the series The Edge of Night.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Miniseries
  • Justice Robert Jackson, Separate but Equal, ABC, 1991.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Glenn Huckaby, Crisis at Central High, CBS, 1981.
  • Arnett Peterson, Word of Honor, CBS, 1981.
  • Mr. Churchill, Sessions, ABC, 1983.
  • Judah Brickstone, Carolina Skeletons, NBC, 1991.
  • Doc Martin, In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas (also known as The Twilight Murders and The Midnight Murders), NBC, 1991.
  • Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (also known as Life on the High Wire), HBO, 1992.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Appeared in episodes of U.S. Steel Hour and Kaiser Aluminum Hour.
  • Credits; Other Television Appearances
  • Appeared as John Foster Dulles in the special Concealed Enemies, 1984.

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