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Edward Everett Horton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edward Everett Horton Jr. (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons. Horton began his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), but he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in the drama Beggar on Horseback (1925). In the late 1920s, he starred in two-reel silent comedies for Educational Pictures, and made the transition to talking pictures with Educational in 1929. As a stage-trained performer, he found more film work easily, and appeared in some of Warner Bros.' early talkies, including The Terror (1928) and Sonny Boy (1929). Horton initially used his given name, Edward Horton, professionally. His father persuaded him to adopt his full name professionally, reasoning that other actors might be named Edward Horton, but only one named Edward Everett Horton. Horton soon cultivated his own special variation of the time-honored double take (an actor's reaction to something, followed by a delayed, more extreme reaction). In Horton's version, he would smile ingratiatingly and nod in agreement with what just happened; then, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled mask. Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s, usually playing a mousy fellow who put up with domestic or professional problems to a certain point, and then finally asserted himself for a happy ending. He is best known, however, for his work as a character actor in supporting roles. These include The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934, the first of several Astaire/Rogers films in which Horton appeared), Top Hat (1935), Danger - Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). His last role was in the comedy film Cold Turkey (1971), in which his character communicated only through facial expressions.

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Mar 18, 1886 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Holidays
Latest Project:
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender 1997-11-01
Known For
Poster of Batman
Poster of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Poster of The Wonderful World of Trains
Poster of Matinee Theater
Movie Holidays Professeur Nick Potter 2022
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie Cold Turkey Hiram C. Grayson 1971-02-19
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Movie 2000 Years Later Evermore 1969-03-11
Movie The Perils of Pauline Caspar Coleman 1967-08-02
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series F Troop Unknown 1965-09-14
Movie Sex and the Single Girl The Chief 1964-12-25
Series The Cara Williams Show Unknown 1964-09-23
Movie One Got Fat Narrator (voice) 1963-12-01
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Mr. Dinckler 1963-11-07
Series Saints and Sinners Mr. Hollister 1962-09-17
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Unknown 1961-09-24
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Hutchins 1961-12-18
Movie The Wonderful World of Trains Professor Hotbox 1960-01-01
Series Dennis the Menace Uncle Ned Matthews 1959-10-04
Movie The Story of Mankind Sir Walter Raleigh 1957-11-08
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Max Liebman Presents Unknown 1954-09-12
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series I Love Lucy Mr. Ritter 1951-10-15
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie The Ghost Goes Wild Eric 1947-08-08
Movie Her Husband's Affairs J.B. Cruikshank 1947-11-12
Movie Down to Earth Messenger 7013 1947-08-21
Movie Cinderella Jones Keating 1946-03-09
Movie Faithful in My Fashion Hiram Dilworthy 1946-08-21
Movie Earl Carroll Sketchbook Dr. Milo Edwards 1946-08-22
Movie Steppin' in Society Judge Avery Webster 1945-07-09
Movie Lady on a Train Mr. Haskell 1945-08-03
Movie Her Primitive Man Orrin 1944-05-29
Movie Summer Storm Count Alexander Volsky 1944-07-14
Movie San Diego I Love You Philip McCooley 1944-09-29
Movie Brazil Everett St. John Everett 1944-11-30
Movie Arsenic and Old Lace Mr. Witherspoon 1944-09-01
Movie The Town Went Wild Everett Conway 1944-12-15
Movie Forever and a Day Anthony Trimble-Pomfret 1943-01-21
Movie The Gang's All Here Peyton Potter 1943-12-24
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Farnsworth 1943-09-25
Movie I Married an Angel Peter 1942-07-09
Movie Springtime in the Rockies McTavish 1942-11-06
Movie The Magnificent Dope Horace Hunter 1942-07-01
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Noble Sage 1941-04-25
Movie Sunny Henry Bates 1941-05-30
Movie You're the One Unknown 1941-02-19
Movie The Body Disappears Professor Shotesbury 1941-12-06
Movie Weekend for Three Fred Stonebraker 1941-12-12
Movie Bachelor Daddy Joseph Smith 1941-06-04
Movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan Messenger 7013 1941-08-07
Movie Paris Honeymoon Ernest Figg 1939-01-27
Movie The Gang's All Here Treadwell 1939-03-04
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Tom Village 1939-11-24
Movie Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Marquis De Loiselle 1938-03-25
Movie Holiday Professor Nick Potter 1938-05-26
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Oliver 1938-11-01
Movie College Swing Hubert Dash 1938-04-29
Movie Oh, Doctor Edward J. Billop 1937-03-31
Movie Lost Horizon Alexander P. " Lovey " Lovett 1937-03-03
Movie Shall We Dance Jeffrey Baird 1937-05-07
Movie The King and the Chorus Girl Count Humbert Evel Bruger 1937-03-27
Movie The Perfect Specimen Mr. Grattan 1937-10-23
Movie Wild Money P.E. Dodd 1937-07-09
Movie Hitting a New High Lucius B. Blynn 1937-12-24
Movie The Great Garrick Tubby 1937-10-30
Movie Danger - Love at Work Howard Rogers 1937-09-30
Movie Angel Graham 1937-10-29
Movie Her Master's Voice Ned Farrar 1936-01-17
Movie The Singing Kid Davenport Rogers 1936-04-10
Movie Nobody's Fool Will Wright 1936-06-01
Movie Let's Make a Million Harrison Gentry 1936-09-01
Movie The Man in the Mirror Jeremy Dilke 1936-10-15
Movie Hearts Divided John 1936-06-20
Movie All the King's Horses Count Josef 'Peppi' von Schlapstaat 1935-02-22
Movie The Night Is Young Baron Szereny 1935-01-11
Movie Biography of a Bachelor Girl Leander 'Bunny' Nolan 1935-01-04
Movie The Devil Is a Woman Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito' 1935-05-03
Movie In Caliente Harold Brandon 1935-05-25
Movie Your Uncle Dudley Dudley Dixon 1935-12-13
Movie Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935-12-01
Movie Top Hat Horace Hardwick 1935-08-29
Movie Little Big Shot Mortimer Thompson 1935-09-07
Movie The Private Secretary Rev. Robert Spalding 1935-08-26
Movie Going Highbrow Augie Winterspoon 1935-08-23
Movie Success at Any Price Fisher 1934-03-16
Movie The Poor Rich Albert Stuyvesant Spottiswood 1934-02-25
Movie Easy to Love Eric 1934-01-13
Movie Sing and Like it Adam Frink - Producer 1934-04-20
Movie Kiss and Make-Up Marcel Caron 1934-07-13
Movie The Merry Widow Ambassador Popoff 1934-11-02
Movie The Gay Divorcee Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald 1934-10-12
Movie Ladies Should Listen Paul Vernet 1934-08-10
Movie Smarty Vernon 1934-05-19
Movie Soldiers of the King Sebastian Marvello 1933-03-26
Movie A Bedtime Story Victor Dubois 1933-04-22
Movie Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter 1933-12-18
Movie It's a Boy Dudley Leake 1933-06-06
Movie Design for Living Max Plunkett 1933-12-29
Movie The Way to Love Professor Gaston Bibi 1933-10-20
Movie But the Flesh Is Weak Sir George Kelvin 1932-04-09
Movie Roar of the Dragon Busby 1932-07-08
Movie Trouble in Paradise François Filiba 1932-10-30
Movie Lonely Wives Richard 'Dickie' Smith / Felix, the Great Zero 1931-02-22
Movie Kiss Me Again Rene 1931-02-23
Movie Six Cylinder Love Monty Winston 1931-05-10
Movie The Age for Love Horace Keats 1931-10-17
Movie The Front Page Bensinger 1931-04-04
Movie Smart Woman Billy Ross 1931-09-12
Movie Wide Open Simon Haldane 1930-02-01
Movie Reaching for the Moon Roger, the Valet 1930-12-29
Movie Holiday Nick Potter 1930-07-03
Movie Sonny Boy Unknown 1929-04-18
Movie Ask Dad Dad 1929-02-16
Movie Dad's Choice Unknown 1928-01-07
Movie Behind the Counter Eddie 1928-03-03
Movie Horse Shy Unknown 1928-05-19
Movie The Terror Ferdinand Fane 1928-09-06
Movie Vacation Waves Unknown 1928-09-15
Movie No Publicity Unknown 1927-08-01
Movie Find the King Unknown 1927-11-05
Movie Poker Faces Jimmy Whitmore 1926-09-05
Movie La Bohème Benoit - Janitor 1926-03-13
Movie Beggar on Horseback Neil McRae 1925-06-05
Movie Helen's Babies Uncle Harry 1924-10-11
Movie The Man Who Fights Alone Bob Alten 1924-09-15