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Samuel Southey Hinds (4 April 1875 – 13 October 1948) was an American actor who is perhaps best remembered for playing Peter Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). He was also known for his roles in the Abbott & Costello films such as Buck Privates (1941), Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) and Pardon My Sarong (1942).

Hinds was born in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker. He was a Harvard Law Schoolmarker graduate and was a lawyer before becoming an actor. In 1929, Hinds retired as a lawyer and started acting in Broadwaymarker shows at age 54. In 1932, Hinds acted a bit part in his first film If I Had a Million (1932). His second film was The Roads Are Open Again (1933) portrayed President Woodrow Wilson. His earlier career was reflected in the role of Judge Thatcher, tortured by the mad Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi) in The Raven (1935).

Hinds acted in a total of 214 films. His last film was The Bribe (1948). Samuel Hinds died of pneumonia in Pasadena, Californiamarker on October 13, 1948 at age 73.

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