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Walter Huston

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Canadian-born actor Walter Huston enjoyed an early theatrical life of roller-coaster proportions which he doggedly pursued, despite a lifelong suffering of "stage fright." Taking nickel and dime performing jobs, quitting to pursue "real" work -- an engineering job came to an end when his inept attempts to fix a town's reservoir nearly resulted in a flood -- then returning to bit roles were all part of Huston's early days. Before 1910, Huston had toured in vaudeville, worked in stock companies, tried to maintain a normal married life, and fathered a son whose life was twice as tempestuous as Walter's: future director John Huston. The barnstorming days ended when Huston got his first major Broadway role in Mr. Pitt (1924), which led to several successful New York seasons for the actor in a variety of plays. His stage and vaudeville training made him an excellent candidate for talkies; Huston launched his movie career with Gentlemen of the Press (1929), and spent the 1930s playing everything from a Mexican bandit to President Lincoln. Returning to Broadway in 1938 for the musical comedy Knickerbocker Holiday, Huston, in the role of 17th century New Amsterdam governor Peter Minuit, achieved theatrical immortality with his poignant rendition of the show's top tune, "September Song," the recording of which curiously became a fixture of the Hit Parade after Huston's death in 1950. Throughout the 1940s, Huston offered a gallery of memorable screen portrayals, from the diabolical Mr. Scratch in All That Money Can Buy (1941) to George M. Cohan's father in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Still, it was only after removing his expensive false teeth and trading his fancy duds for a dusty bindlestiff's outfit that the actor would win an Academy Award, for his portrayal of the cackling old prospector Howard in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), directed by his son. At the time of his death, Huston was preparing to take on the part of the "world's oldest counterfeiter" in Mister 880, a role ultimately played by fellow Oscar winner Edmund Gwenn.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet December 7th: The Movie
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Summer Holiday
  • Actor
1964
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Derek
1963
No Score Yet The Furies
  • T. C. Jeffords
1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner
  • Gen. Ostrovsky
1949
No Score Yet Summer Holiday
  • Nat Miller
1948
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Howard
1948
81% Duel in the Sun
  • The Sin Killer
1946
No Score Yet Dragonwyck
  • Ephraim Wells
1946
83% Let There Be Light
  • Narrator
1946
100% And Then There Were None
  • Dr. Edward G. Armstrong
1945
No Score Yet War Comes to America
  • Narrator
1945
No Score Yet Dragon Seed
  • Ling Tan
1944
No Score Yet Know Your Enemy - Japan
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet The Battle of China
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet The North Star (Armored Attack)
  • Dr. Kurin
1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow
  • Joseph E. Davies
1943
89% The Outlaw
  • Doc Holliday
1943
No Score Yet Report from the Aleutians
  • Narrator
  • Director
1943
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness
  • Dr. Martin Stensgard
1943
No Score Yet The Battle of Russia
  • NarratorNarration
1943
No Score Yet Divide and Conquer
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Howard Hughes: The Outlaw
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Why We Fight
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet The Battle of Britain
  • Narrator
1943
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Jerry Cohan
1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life
  • Bartender
1942
No Score Yet Always in My Heart
  • MacKenzie 'Mac' Scott
1942
100% The Shanghai Gesture
  • Sir Guy Charteris
1942
No Score Yet December 7th
  • Uncle Sam
1942
No Score Yet Why We Fight
  • Actor
1942
100% The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • Mr. Scratch
1941
100% The Maltese Falcon
  • Capt. Jacobi
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Thursday Ragan
1941
No Score Yet The Light That Failed
  • Terpenhow
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts
  • Ethan Wilkins
1938
88% Dodsworth
  • Sam Dodsworth
1936
No Score Yet Rhodes of Africa
  • Cecil Rhodes
1936
No Score Yet Transatlantic Tunnel
  • President of the U.S.
1935
No Score Yet The Prizefighter and the Lady
  • Professor
1933
No Score Yet Ann Vickers
  • Judge Barney Dolphin
1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak
  • Mayor Dushan
1933
No Score Yet Hell Below
  • Lt. Cmdr. Toler
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Hon. Judson Hammond
1933
100% Rain
  • Rev. Alfred Davidson
1932
No Score Yet Kongo
  • King 'Deadlegs' Flint, aka Rutledge
1932
No Score Yet American Madness
  • Dickson
1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade
  • Pop Tarleton
1932
No Score Yet Law and Order
  • Frame Johnson
1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City
  • Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick
1932
No Score Yet Star Witness
  • Dist. Atty. Whitlock
1931
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Seth Law
1931
No Score Yet The Criminal Code
  • Mark Brady
1931
100% Abraham Lincoln
  • Abraham Lincoln
1930
100% The Virginian
  • Trampas
1929

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