H.B. Warner left his legacy in Hollywood by portraying Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's "The King of Kings," the film that lured him from Broadway to Hollywood.
A fourth-generation actor, Henry Byron Warner was born into a prominent theatrical family on Oct. 26, 1875, in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors.
For 20 years he had a successful Broadway career before coming to Hollywood. He starred in productions of "Nurse Marjorie" and "Alias Jimmy Valentine" and many other others.
But it was "The King of Kings," the silent film epic directed by DeMille that catapulted him into marquee success. On May 18, 1927, "The King of Kings" was the first movie to premiere at the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Warner received an Academy Award nomination in 1937 for his portrayal of the Tibetan guide Chang in "Lost Horizon."
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