John Houseman

John Houseman

Highest Rated: 100% Citizen Kane (1941)

Lowest Rated: 14% Wholly Moses! (1980)

Birthday: Sep 22, 1902

Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Widely regarded as one of the most respected innovators of the American stage, John Houseman also enjoyed tremendous success as a producer, screenwriter and, perhaps most remarkable of all, as a character actor in a prolific later career, begun at the age of 70. Forced out of his lucrative international grain business by the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Houseman found a creative outlet alongside wunderkind Orson Welles at the Federal Theater Project. Frequently controversial productions produced and directed by Houseman and Welles included the 1935 "voodoo" version of "Macbeth" and the historic labor union musical "The Cradle Will Rock" in 1936. After forming the Mercury Theater Company - responsible for the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast in 1938 - with Welles, he followed the young auteur to Hollywood, where he made significant contributions to "Citizen Kane" (1941). A falling out over "Kane" brought an end to Houseman's relationship with the volatile Welles, although a successful career as a film producer kept him in the industry for more than 30 years. Then, just as he was about to retire, the 70-year-old Houseman became one of the most sought-after supporting actors in the years following his Academy Award-winning turn as a crusty, yet conscientious law professor in "The Paper Chase" (1973). Over the next 15 years, he would be seen in scores of feature films, television miniseries and commercial campaigns. In a variety of professional roles, Houseman made immeasurable contributions to the mediums of stage, film and television.


Highest Rated Movies



60% 38% Bright Lights, Big City Mr. Vogel (Character) $15.7M 1988
71% 71% Scrooged Himself (Character) $58.2M 1988
64% 75% Another Woman Marion's Father (Character) $499.5K 1988
35% 43% Ghost Story Sears James (Character) - 1981
14% 39% Wholly Moses! The Archangel (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 38% The Babysitter Dr. Lindquist (Character) - 1980
75% 64% The Fog Mr. Machen (Character) $69.5K 1980
No Score Yet 56% Gideon's Trumpet Chief Justice/Offscreen Narrator (Character),
Executive Producer
- 1980
84% 69% My Bodyguard Dobbs (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 29% Bells Stanley Markowitz (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 40% A Christmas Without Snow Ephraim Adams (Character) - 1980
50% No Score Yet Old Boyfriends Doctor Hoffman (Character) - 1979
47% 58% The Cheap Detective Jasper Blubber (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazard's People John Hazard (Character) - 1976
44% 39% St. Ives Abner Procane (Character) - 1976
66% 61% Rollerball Bartholomew (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Horizon Dr. Fawcett (Character) - 1975
87% 83% Three Days of the Condor Mr. Wabash (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear on Trial Mike Collins (Character) - 1975
83% 72% The Paper Chase Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. (Character) - 1973
64% 77% This Property Is Condemned Producer - 1966
No Score Yet 40% In the Cool of the Day Producer - 1963
89% 65% Two Weeks in Another Town Producer - 1962
40% 51% All Fall Down Producer - 1962
100% 81% Lust for Life Producer - 1956
71% 56% The Cobweb Producer - 1955
69% 70% Moonfleet Producer - 1955
No Score Yet 44% Her Twelve Men Producer - 1954
100% 73% Executive Suite Producer - 1954
95% 81% Julius Caesar Producer - 1953
79% 86% The Bad and the Beautiful Producer - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Holiday for Sinners Producer - 1952
94% 79% On Dangerous Ground Producer - 1951
100% 86% Letter From an Unknown Woman Producer - 1948
95% 81% They Live by Night Producer - 1948
100% 71% The Blue Dahlia Producer - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unseen Producer - 1945
100% 83% Jane Eyre Screenwriter - 1944
100% 90% Citizen Kane Writer $977.3K 1941
No Score Yet 64% Too Much Johnson Producer - 1938


No Score Yet No Score Yet Gore Vidal's Lincoln Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr. (Character) 1983-1986 1978-1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Associates Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Atlantic Affair Unknown (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aspen Unknown (Character) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bionic Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1976


Kingsfield says: Nobody inhibits you from expressing yourself.

Kingsfield says: You come in here with a skull full of mush... and you leave thinking like a lawyer.

Kingsfield says: You teach yourselves the law... but I train your mind.

Kingsfield says: Through this method of questioning, answering... questioning, answering... we seek to develop in you the ability to analyze... that vast complex of facts that constitute... the relationships of members within a given society.