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Henry King (January 24, 1886 – June 29, 1982) was an American film director.
Before coming to film, King worked as an actor in various repertoire theatres,
and first started to take small film roles in 1912. He directed for the first
time in 1915, and grew to become one of the most commercially successful
Hollywood directors of the 1920s and 1930s. He was twice unsuccessfully
nominated for the Best Director Oscar. In 1944, he was awarded the first Golden
Globe Award for Best Director for his film The Song of Bernadette. He worked
most often with Tyrone Power and Gregory Peck and for 20th Century Fox.
Henry King was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, which awards the Oscars every year. He directed over 100 films in his
During World War II, King served as the deputy commander of the Civil Air Patrol
coastal patrol base in Brownsville, TX, holding the grade of captain. In his
final years, he was the oldest licensed private pilot in the United States,
having obtained his license in 1918.
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