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Henry Mitchell is the husband of Alice Mitchell and the father of Dennis Mitchell.


Dennis' father is a workaday aerospace engineer. Henry seems to understand Dennis more than his wife does, especially in affairs of the heart. One example was when a furious Dennis stormed in, saying, "Wimmin can say some of the stupidest things!"; Henry knowingly said to Alice, "Margaret." Another time, while Dennis was watching Gina, he confided to his dad, "There's somethin' about Gina that I can't figure out." Henry wisely advised his son, "Wait." Yet another time, Henry and Alice overhear Dennis tell Gina that she "smelled better than a plateful of peanut butter sandwiches". Henry replies, "The ultimate compliment". Dennis's grandfather once claimed Henry wreaked even more havoc than Dennis when he was a kid. Like his creator Hank Ketcham, Henry served in the US Navy; starting as a quartermaster (Helmsman) 2nd class on a battleship, he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer on an aircraft carrier. Sometimes, he and Alice will get into arguments (which even show his chauvinistic side at times), but they remain devoted to each other. Among his hobbies are golf, taking naps, fishing, and playing the ukulele and singing old songs with George Wilson. A running gag is that Henry often plays the straight man dupe — either resulting from Dennis's pranks, or because of his own foolishness; once he tried to save money on a Christmas tree by cutting one down in the country — and ended up paying $20.00 ($10.00 for a fine and $10.00 for the owner charging him for the tree.)[12]

Physical Appearance[]

Henry is a tall, thin 50-year old man who wears eyeglasses, wears a tie, an outfit for working and other type stuff, and brown shoes (usually).

Voice History[]

  • Bob Holt (1980)
  • Phil Hartman (1986)
  • Maurice LaMarche (1988)
  • Dan Gilvezan (1993)

Actor History[]

  • Herbert Anderson (1959-1963 TV Series)
  • Jim Jansen (1987 TV Movie)
  • Robert Stanton (1993 Movie)
  • Dwier Brown (1998 Movie)
  • George Newburn (2007 Movie)


  • Hank Ketcham named and modeled Henry after himself.
  • In the movie "A Dennis the Menace Christmas", Henry did not have his glasses.
  • Henry often bonds with Dennis a bit more than Alice.
  • Dennis's Dad (Voiced by Dan Gilvezan) in The All New Dennis the Menace on DiC has the same voice as Judy and Elroy's Dad from The Judy Show on Hanna Barbera.