Henry Wilcoxon was born in 1905 in the British West Indies. He began his acting career on the stage in Birmingham in the U.K. In 1933 he was spotted by a film talent scout and wnet to Hollywood to pursue a career in films. He had a long professional association with Cecil B. De Mille and appeared in many of his films including “Cleopatra”, “The Crusades” and “Unconquered” in 1947 with Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard. He was particularly effective as the vicar in “Mrs Miniver” with Greer Garson and Teresa Wright. His last film was “Caddyshack” in 1980. He died in 1984.
Henry Wilcoxon was given the lead role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. DeMille‘s Cleopatra(1934). It would prove to be the beginning of a long relationship with DeMille he would become a familiar DeMille character actor and DeMille’s associate producer in the later years of DeMille’s career. However, after DeMille died, he worked sporadically and accepted minor acting roles.