Henry Wilcoxon, an actor, was born Harry Frederick Wilcoxon in Roseau, Dominica, British West Indies on September 8, 1905. His mother was a theater actress, while his father was a banker. Wilcoxon's mother died when he was only 11 months old, and together with his brother, Owen, were shipped to England where they spent years in various foster homes. The boys were returned to West Indies when Henry was aged seven. He attended Harrison College in Barbados and later Woolmere College in Jamaica and Ashford Boarding School in Kent. Wilcoxon was working for a tailor shop when he began his acting career. His debuting play was The 100Th Chance. He later joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre with which he played many roles including that of Captain Cook in The Barretts of Wimpole Street. He made his screen debut as Larry Tindale in The Perfect Lady. This was followed by other roles in such films as Self Made Lady, The Flying Squad, The Crusades and The President's Mystery. He was married to Sheila Garret Browning between 1936 and 1937 and to Joan Woodbury between 1938 and 1971.