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Walter Huston

Walter Huston was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston. Born Walter Houghston in Toronto, Ontario to an Ulster-Scottish father and a Scottish Canadian mother, he began his Broadway career in 1924. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he achieved fame in character roles. His first major role was in 1929's The Virginian with Gary Cooper. He appeared in the Broadway theatrical adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel Dodsworth in 1934 and the play's film version two years later. Huston stayed busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen (becoming one of America's most distinguished actors); he performed "September Song" in the original Broadway production of Knickerbocker Holiday in 1938. Among his films are Rain (1932), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Mission to Moscow (1943), a pro-Soviet World War II propaganda film as Ambassador Joseph E. Davies. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1948 for his role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was directed by his son, John Huston. His last film was The Furies in 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck. Along with Anthony Veiller, he narrated the Why We Fight series of World War II documentaries directed by Frank Capra. He died in Hollywood from an aortic aneurysm, one day after his 66th birthday. Walter Huston has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6626 Hollywood Blvd.

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Apr 5, 1883 In Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Gentlemen Of The Press 1929-05-04
Latest Project:
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008-03-03
Known For
Poster of Hollywood Without Make-Up
Poster of The North Star
Poster of The Maltese Falcon
Poster of How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 7: 'The Spoon'
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Various Roles (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Why We Fight: World War II: The Battle of China / War Comes to America Narrator 2000-01-01
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Unknown 1997-01-05
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Armored Attack! Dr. Kurin 1957-01-01
Movie The Furies T. C. Jeffords 1950-08-16
Movie The Great Sinner General Ostrovsky 1949-06-29
Movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Howard 1948-01-15
Movie Summer Holiday Mr. Nat Miller 1948-04-15
Movie Duel in the Sun Jubal Crabbe, the Sinkiller 1946-12-31
Movie Dragonwyck Ephraim Wells 1946-04-10
Movie Let There Be Light Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1946-12-16
Movie Why We Fight: War Comes to America Narrator 1945-06-14
Movie And Then There Were None Edward Armstrong 1945-10-31
Movie Know Your Enemy: Japan Narrator 1945-08-09
Movie Know Your Ally: Britain Narrator 1944-01-01
Movie Why We Fight: The Battle of China Abraham Lincoln 1944-01-01
Movie Twenty Years After Unknown 1944-01-01
Movie Dragon Seed Ling Tan 1944-07-20
Movie Edge of Darkness Dr. Martin Stensgard 1943-04-09
Movie December 7th Uncle Sam 'U.S.' 1943-01-01
Movie The Voice That Thrilled the World Jerry Cohan (archive footage) 1943-01-01
Movie Mission to Moscow Ambassador Joseph E. Davies 1943-04-29
Movie The Outlaw Doc Holliday 1943-02-05
Movie For God and Country Narrator 1943-05-15
Movie War Department Report Narrator (voice) 1943-12-07
Movie The North Star Dr. Kurin 1943-11-04
Movie Report from the Aleutians Voices of officers (voice) 1943-07-30
Movie Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain Narrator 1943-10-10
Movie Always in My Heart MacKenzie Scott 1942-03-14
Movie In This Our Life Bartender (uncredited) 1942-05-08
Movie Our Russian Front Narrator 1942-12-14
Movie Why We Fight: Prelude to War Narrator (voice) 1942-05-27
Movie Yankee Doodle Dandy Jerry Cohan 1942-05-29
Movie All That Money Can Buy Mr. Scratch 1941-10-17
Movie Safeguarding Military Information Unknown 1941-01-16
Movie The Maltese Falcon Captain Jacoby (uncredited) 1941-10-18
Movie Swamp Water Thursday Ragan 1941-11-16
Movie The Shanghai Gesture Sir Guy Charteris 1941-12-25
Movie The Light That Failed Torpenhow 1939-12-24
Movie Of Human Hearts Ethan Wilkins 1938-02-11
Movie Rhodes of Africa Cecil John Rhodes 1936-06-30
Movie Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs 1936-08-05
Movie Dodsworth Sam Dodsworth 1936-09-23
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself 1935-07-05
Movie The Tunnel President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston) 1935-10-27
Movie Keep 'Em Rolling Sgt. Benjamin E. Walsh 1934-03-02
Movie Hell Below Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN 1933-06-08
Movie Gabriel Over the White House Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States 1933-03-31
Movie Storm at Daybreak Mayor Dushan Radovic 1933-06-14
Movie Ann Vickers Barney Dolphin 1933-09-26
Movie The Prizefighter and the Lady Professor 1933-11-10
Movie Law and Order Frame 'Saint' Johnson 1932-03-01
Movie The Woman from Monte Carlo Captain Corlaix 1932-01-09
Movie The Beast of the City Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick 1932-02-13
Movie The Wet Parade Pow Tarleton 1932-03-26
Movie Night Court Judge Andrew J. Moffett 1932-06-04
Movie Rain Alfred Davidson 1932-10-12
Movie Kongo Flint 1932-10-01
Movie American Madness Thomas Dickson 1932-08-15
Movie How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 7: 'The Spoon' Judge Walter Huston (uncredited) 1931-08-18
Movie The Star Witness District Attorney Whitlock 1931-08-22
Movie Voice of Hollywood (Series 2, No. 3) Himself 1931-01-01
Movie The Ruling Voice Jack Bannister 1931-10-30
Movie Intimate Interviews: Walter Huston Interviewee 1931-12-31
Movie A House Divided Seth Law 1931-12-05
Movie Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln 1930-08-25
Movie Behind the Make-Up Joe in Clark & White's Office (uncredited) 1930-01-18
Movie An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee Himself 1930-08-01
Movie The Bad Man Pancho Lopez 1930-09-13
Movie Filmed Prologue to Birth of a Nation 1930-10-24
Movie The Criminal Code Mark Brady 1930-12-31
Movie The Virtuous Sin Gregory Platoff 1930-10-31
Movie Gentlemen Of The Press Wickland Snell 1929-05-04
Movie The Virginian Trampas 1929-11-09
Movie The Lady Lies Robert Rossiter 1929-09-21