(January 24, 1886June 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 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 career.
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.