Jim Hutton

Highest Rated: 100% Walk, Don't Run (1966)
Lowest Rated: 14% Hellfighters (1968)
Birthday: May 31, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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
25% 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
88% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Black
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
George
  • 1974
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Cliff
  • 1960
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Maj. William Gart
  • 1959

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