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Jim Hutton

Highest Rated:   100% Walk, Don't Run (1966)
Lowest Rated:   14% Hellfighters (1968)
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American actor Jim Hutton was performing in a military show in Germany when he was discovered by director Douglas Sirk. Sirk promptly cast Hutton in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), which though released by Universal, led to an MGM contract for the young actor. Evidently MGM had plans to turn Hutton into the new Jimmy Stewart, for the studio insisted upon casting their young star in roles calling for ingenuous clumsiness. Perhaps the quintessential Hutton role was as The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962), in which his constant bumbling eventually transforms him into a war hero. MGM frequently paired Hutton with another player of acute comic skill, Paula Prentiss; they worked so well together that many fans assumed Hutton and Prentiss were married -- which must have been amusing to Paula's longtime husband Richard Benjamin. Hutton was allowed a few non-comedy "outdoors" roles in Major Dundee (1965) and The Green Berets (1969), but for the most part was locked into playing gangling young goofs. Oddly, Hutton's screen persona worked quite well for his TV-series role as Ellery Queen in the mid-1970s. The actor was charming and convincing as the self-effacing, deceptively preoccupied criminologist, especially when he turned to the camera 45 minutes into each Ellery Queen episode and invited the folks at home to help him solve the mystery. Hutton died of cancer at age 46 -- too soon to fully realize the success of his son, actor Timothy Hutton.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Psychic Killer
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Psychic Killer
  • Arnold Masters
1975
No Score Yet Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest
  • Gregory Leyden
1974
67% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Alex Farnham
1973
No Score Yet They Call It Murder
  • Doug Selby
1971
14% Hellfighters
  • Greg Parker
1968
27% The Green Berets
  • Sgt. Petersen
1968
No Score Yet Who's Minding the Mint?
  • Harry Lucas
1967
100% Walk, Don't Run
  • Steve Davis
1966
No Score Yet The Trouble With Angels
  • Mr. Petrie
1966
No Score Yet Never Too Late
  • Charlie Clinton
1965
No Score Yet The Hallelujah Trail
  • Paul
1965
97% Major Dundee
  • Lieutenant Graham
1965
No Score Yet Looking For Love
  • Actor
1964
67% Period of Adjustment
  • George Haverstick
1962
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise
  • Larry Delavane
1961
No Score Yet The Honeymoon Machine
  • Jason Eldridge
1961
No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant
  • Lt. Merle Wye
1961
83% Where the Boys Are
  • TV Thompson
1960
No Score Yet The Subterraneans
  • Adam Moorad
1960
No Score Yet A Time to Love and a Time to Die
  • Hirschland
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Maj. William Gart
  • 1959

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