George Bancroft (September 30, 1882 - October 2, 1956) was an American actor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, but left the Navy to become one of the top Hollywood stars of the 1920s.
Bancroft's first starring role was in Pony Express (1925), and the next year in Old Ironsides, but he went from historical pictures to the gritty world of the underground in such films as Underworld (1927) and Docks of New York (1928). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929 for Thunderbolt.
By 1934 he had slipped to being a supporting actor, although as in such classics as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Angels With Dirty Faces and Stagecoach.
In 1942 he left Hollywood to be a rancher. He died in Santa Monica, California and was interred there in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.