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Edward Everett Horton

Highest Rated:   100% The Gang's All Here (1943)
Lowest Rated:   29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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Few actors were more beloved of audiences across multiple generations -- and from more different fields of entertainment -- than Edward Everett Horton. For almost 70 years, his work delighted theatergoers on two coasts (and a lot of the real estate in between) and movie audiences, first in the silents and then in the talkies, where he quickly became a familiar supporting player and then a second lead, often essaying comically nervous "fuddy-duddy" parts, and transcended the seeming limitations of character acting to rival most of the leading men around him in popularity; he subsequently moved into television, both as an actor and narrator, and gained a whole new fandom for his work as the storyteller in the animated series "Fractured Fairy Tales." Edward Everett Horton was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1886 -- when it was a separate city from New York City -- the son of Edward Everett Horton and Isabella Diack Horton. His grandfather was Edward Everett Hale, the author of the story The Man Without a Country. He attended Boys High School and later studied at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and at Oberlin College in Ohio, and Columbia University in Manhattan. His path to graduation was thwarted when he joined the university's drama club -- despite his 6'2" build, his first role had him cast as a woman. He never did graduate from Columbia, but he embarked on a performing career that was to keep him busy for more than six decades. In those days, he also sang -- in a baritone -- and joined the Staten Island-based Dempsey Light Opera Company for productions of Michael Balfe's The Bohemian Girl and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. His singing brought him to the Broadway stage as a chorus member, and he subsequently spent three years with the Louis Mann company honing his acting skills while playing in stock -- Horton made his professional acting debut in 1908 with a walk-on role in The Man Who Stood Still. By 1911, he was working steadily and regularly, and often delighting audiences with his comedic talents, and remained with the Mann company for another two years. He was a leading man in the Crescent Theatre stock company, based in Brooklyn, and spent the remainder of the teens playing leading roles in theater companies across the United States, eventually basing himself in Los Angeles. Horton entered movies in 1918, and became well known to screen audiences with his performance in the 1923 version of Ruggles of Red Gap. He was identified almost entirely with comedic work after that, and by the end of the '20s had starring roles in a string of comedic shorts. It was after the advent of sound, however, that he fully hit his stride on the big screen. Horton's first talking feature was The Front Page (1931), directed by Lewis Milestone, based on the hit play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, in which he played fidgety reporter Roy Bensinger. Starting in the early '20s, Horton based most of his stage work on the West Coast, producing as well as acting. He leased the Majestic Theater in Los Angeles and found success with works such as The Nervous Wreck, in which he worked with Franklin Pangborn, a character actor who would also -- like Horton -- specialize in nervous, fidgety roles (though Pangborn, unlike Horton, never rose beyond character actor and supporting player status in features). In 1932, he leased the Hollywood Playhouse, which he subsequently operated for a season starring in Benn Wolfe Levy's Springtime for Henry, in which he performed more than 3000 times, making enough money from that play alone to buy his summer home in the Adirondacks. Horton fit in his movie work in between productions of Springtime for Henry (which was filmed in 1934, without Horton), and was always in demand. Amid his many roles over the ensuing decade, Horton worked in a half-dozen of the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals at RKO. His other notable roles onscreen during the 1930s included a portrayal of The Mad Hatter in the 1933 Alice in Wonderlan

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Danger: Love At Work
  • Actor
2012
40% Cold Turkey
  • Hiram C. Grayson
1971
60% Sex and the Single Girl
  • The Chief
1964
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Dinckler
1963
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Hutchins, the Butler
1961
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
1957
No Score Yet Her Husband's Affairs
  • J.B. Cruikshank
1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Messenger 7013
1947
No Score Yet The Ghost Goes Wild
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Earl Carroll Sketchbook
  • Dr. Milo Edwards
1946
No Score Yet Faithful In My Fashion
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Mr. Haskell
1945
No Score Yet The Town Went Wild
  • Everett Conway
1944
88% Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Mr. Witherspoon
1944
No Score Yet Summer Storm
  • Count Volsky
1944
100% The Gang's All Here
  • Peyton Potter
1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Farnsworth
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Sir Anthony
1943
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies
  • McTavish
1942
No Score Yet I Married an Angel
  • Peter
1942
No Score Yet The Magnificent Dope
  • Horace Hunter
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • Fred Stonebraker
1941
No Score Yet Sunny
  • Henry Bates
1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Noble Sage
1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • Messenger 7013
1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears
  • Prof. Reginald X. Shotesbury
1941
100% Holiday
  • Nick Potter
1938
29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • The Marquis De Loiselle
1938
No Score Yet College Swing
  • Hubert Dash
1938
No Score Yet Angel
  • Graham
1937
No Score Yet The Great Garrick
  • Tubby
1937
100% Lost Horizon
  • Alexander P. Lovett
1937
88% Shall We Dance
  • Jeffrey Baird
1937
No Score Yet Oh, Doctor!
  • Edward J. Billop
1937
No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl
  • Count Humbert Evel Bruger
1937
No Score Yet Man in the Mirror
  • Jeremy Dike
1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid
  • Davenport Rogers
1936
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • Mortimer Thompson
1935
100% Top Hat
  • Horace Hardwick
1935
No Score Yet In Caliente
  • Harold Brandon
1935
78% The Devil Is a Woman
  • Don Paquito
1935
No Score Yet Private Secretary
  • Rev. Robert Spalding
1935
88% The Merry Widow
  • Ambassador
1934
100% The Gay Divorcee
  • Egbert Fitzgerald
1934
No Score Yet Kiss and Make-Up
  • Marcel Caron
1934
No Score Yet It's a Boy
  • Dudley Leake
1934
No Score Yet Smarty
  • Vernon Thorpe
1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It
  • Adam Frink
1934
75% Design for Living
  • Max Plunkett
1933
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Mad Hatter
1933
91% Trouble in Paradise
  • Francois Filiba
1932
No Score Yet Roar of the Dragon
  • Busby
1932
No Score Yet But the Flesh Is Weak
  • Sir George
1932
No Score Yet Smart Woman
  • Billy Ross
1931
92% The Front Page
  • Bensinger
1931
No Score Yet Lonely Wives
  • Mr. Smith/Mr. Zero
1931
No Score Yet Reaching for the Moon (1930)
  • Roger
1930
No Score Yet Holiday
  • Nick Potter
1930
No Score Yet Wide Open
  • Simon Haldane
1930
No Score Yet La Boheme
  • Colline
1926
No Score Yet Beggar on Horseback
  • Neil McRae
1925

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Chicken
  • 1966

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