Hardie Hunter Albrecht
December 16, 1903
Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 7, 1975 (aged 71)|
(m. 1934; div. 1939)
Hardie Hunter Albright (born Hardie Hunter Albrecht; December 16, 1903 – December 7, 1975) was an American actor.
Albright was born on December 16, 1903, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, to traveling vaudeville performers. He made his stage debut in one of his parents' acts at the age of seven.
In June 1926, Albright graduated from Carnegie Tech with a bachelor of arts degree in drama.
Albright gained acting experience as a member of the repertory company of Eva Le Gallienne. His Broadway debut came in Saturday Night (1926).
He was playing the juvenile lead on the stage in The Greeks when a scout from the Fox Company saw him. He was given a contract and headed for Hollywood. Albright made his film debut in 1931 in John G. Blystone's Young Sinners and appeared in numerous films. He provided the (uncredited) voice of the adolescent Bambi in the Disney film of the same title.
Broadway plays in which Albright appeared included All the Living (1938), Behind Red Lights (1937), Play, Genius, Play! (1935), The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930), A Hundred Years Old (1929), Gang War (1928), The Merchant of Venice (1928), Such Is Life (1927), Twelfth Night (1924), John Gabriel Borkman (1926), The Three Sisters (1926), and Saturday Night (1926).
He retired from film acting after World War II and became a drama instructor at UCLA, writing several books on acting and directing during his time there. During the 1960s, he made many guest appearances on television series such as Hazel, Leave It To Beaver, Bewitched and Gunsmoke.
In 1934, Albright married actress Martha Sleeper. They divorced in 1939. He married actress Arnita Wallace in 1944, and they remained wed until his death.
On December 7, 1975, Albright died from congestive heart failure at Mission Community Hospital in Mission Viejo, California. His ashes were sprinkled at his former vacation site in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.