Dell Henderson was a Hollywood actor, writer, producer and director. During his long career he was involved in over 500 films, and it all started in St. Thomas where he was born in 1877.
Henderson was raised around Metcalfe and Centre Streets most of his life before taking off to pursue a stage acting career in vaudeville. Through his work he appeared in about 300 films and directed another 200, said Pete Sheridan, past-president of the Elgin Historical Society.
For over 50 years Henderson was involved in the film industry through the silent era and then through the sound era.
“I doubt there’s anybody who’s been seen by as many people as him,” Sheridan said.
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre will celebrate the St. Thomas native turned Hollywood star on April 8 at An Evening with Dell Henderson. Sheridan will give a talk on Henderson’s extensive experience followed by three films that Henderson was involved with, a silent film, The Little Rascals and the Three Stooges.
The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre was inspired to continue showing movies after another event received praise from attendees. Sherri Howard, education and events co-ordinator, said she wanted to create more events surrounding movies and so the idea to profile Henderson came to be.
“We wanted to make it different than just going to see a new release at the theatre,” Howard said.
Showing black and white movies is something Howard said will be a little bit special.
“I thought that was something that you don’t see all the time, and would kind of add to event and make it seem a little special and a little nostalgic,” Howard said.
The idea to…
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