Preserving our Past: May

May 1, 2012

N. A. and Audrey Humbaugh's Residence; aka Jeffrey Hunter's House

4957 N. Larkin St.


By Tom Fehring


This house was constructed between 1940 and 1941 for the original owners of the property, N. A. and Audrey Humbaugh. It was built in the Colonial-Revival style by builder Roy Haglund. The estimated cost of the brick veneer residence was $7,200. The two story home has a gabled roof and, consistent with the Colonial-revival underpinnings, minimal exterior accents with the exception of a broken pediment over the front door and a prominent octagonal window centered on the second floor.

Not much is known about the home’s original owners. However, the only son of the second owners of the residence, Henry McKinnies, Jr., was a well known actor in the 1950s and early 1960s. His parents, Henry and Edith McKinnies, met at the University of Arkansas, and their son was born in Louisiana. Henry Jr. was almost four when his family moved to Whitefish Bay, living initially at 5529 North Lydell Avenue. They lived on Lydell Avenue from about 1935 until 1942 or 43, at which time they moved to the subject residence.

Henry Jr. attended the Whitefish Bay schools and graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 1945. While in Milwaukee he performed in various local theatrical roles. After attending Northwestern University, he went to graduate school at University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied radio and drama, where he was noticed by talent scouts from the film industry.

In 1950, he made a screen test with Ed Begley in a scene from "All My Sons" at Paramount, where he met his future wife, actress Barbara Rush. He eventually was signed by 20th Century-Fox, where he remained under contract to 1959. During this period he worked on several starring roles in prominent movies, including “Sailor of the King” (1953), “The Searchers” (1956 - where he played the young cowboy who accompanies John Wayne on his search for a child kidnapped by Comanches), “Hell to Eternity” (1960), and “King of Kings” (1961, in which he played the Son of God.

Hunter’s last role was in “Viva America!” (1969). He suffered a stroke while returning from Spain after filming the movie and died later that year.

Below, a picture of Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus in “King of Kings” 1961:







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