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Owen Henry Cornelius

Also Known As: "Henry", "Ott-Heinz", "Heinz"
Birthplace: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: May 02, 1958 (44)
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Julius Cornelius and Sophie Teresa Cornelius
Husband of Marjorie Lilian Charlotte Cornelius
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Ellen Orton

Occupation: Film director, producer, editor, and screenwriter
Managed by: Jackie Gross
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About Henry Cornelius

Henry Cornelius was a South African-born film director, producer, editor and screenwriter. He directed five films between 1949 and 1958.

Born in South Africa, Henry Cornelius traveled to Europe, where he worked as an actor and director in stage productions in Germany, France, and England. In 1933, with the Nazi takeover of Germany, Cornelius left Germany for France and studied at the Sorbonne. He hooked up with director René Clair and went to England with Clair for The Ghost Goes West (1935), on which he worked as an assistant editor. He worked his way up the ranks to editor and returned to South Africa, writing documentaries and producing and directing films there. After the end of World War II he went back to England, working as an associate producer and writer. He made his directorial debut with Passport to Pimlico (1949), a well-received comedy from Ealing about a neighborhood in London that, after the war, discovers that it is really not a part of England, and declares its independence. He was also responsible for the delightful Genevieve (1953), a charming comedy about an auto club's annual race between Brighton and London.

Cornelius only directed two more films before his death, at age 44, in London in 1958.

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Henry Cornelius's Timeline

August 18, 1913
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
May 2, 1958
Age 44
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom