Huston, Walter

orig. Walter Houghston

born April 6, 1884, Toronto, Ont., Can.
died April 7, 1950, Beverly Hills, Calif., U.S.

Canadian-born U.S. actor.

He made his stage debut in his native Toronto in 1902 and his New York debut in 1905. He and his second wife were a popular vaudeville song-and-dance team (1909–24). On Broadway he won praise in Desire Under the Elms (1924), Dodsworth (1934; film, 1936), and Knickerbocker Holiday (1938), in which he sang "September Song." He appeared in over 50 films, including Abraham Lincoln (1930), Rain (1932), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Academy Award), directed by his son John Huston.

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▪ American actor
born April 6, 1884, Toronto, Ont., Can.
died April 7, 1950, Beverly Hills, Calif., U.S.
 noted Canadian-born American character actor whose career in theatre and films ranged from musical comedy to high drama.

      Originally trained as an engineer, Huston first appeared on the stage in Toronto (1902) and made his New York City debut three years later. He worked as an engineer for four years but returned to the stage in 1909 with Bayonne Whipple (his second wife); the two played as a song-and-dance team until 1924.

      Huston's first noted Broadway appearance was in the role of Marshall Pitt in Mr. Pitt (1924); this was followed by an acclaimed performance as Ephraim Cabot in Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms (1924). That same year he married the actress Nan Sunderland. For Dodsworth (1934) he received a New York Drama Critics Award for best actor and an Academy Award nomination for best actor when he appeared in the film version (1936).

      With the introduction of sound to motion pictures, Huston became chiefly a film actor, though he never gave up stage work completely. He appeared as Peter Stuyvesant in Knickerbocker Holiday (1938), and his recording of “September Song” from that play became very popular after his death.

      Among Huston's more than 50 film roles were the lead in D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930); Frame Johnson in Law and Order (1932); and a celebrated performance as Scratch in All That Money Can Buy (1941). For his performance in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), directed by his son, John Huston, he received an Academy Award for best supporting actor. He also appeared in several of his son's other films.

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