Donald Houston

Actor
Flaxen-haired Welsh actor Donald Houston was set for stardom in 1949, with the one-two punch of high-profile roles in both the desert island romance "The Blue Lagoon" and the Ealing Studios comedy "A Run for Your ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1923 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Secret Adversary 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Acrisius (Actor)

The Sea Wolves 1979 (Movie)

Hilliard (Actor)

Sunstruck 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tales That Witness Madness 1972 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

My Lover, My Son 1970 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

The Bushbaby 1970 (Movie)

John Leeds (Actor)

Where Eagles Dare 1968 (Movie)

Christiansen (Actor)

633 Squadron 1964 (Movie)

Wing Cmdr Tom Barrett (Actor)

A Study in Terror 1964 (Movie)

Dr John H Watson (Actor)

Twice Round the Daffodils 1962 (Movie)

John Rhodes (Actor)

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

Hydarnes (Actor)

The Mark 1961 (Movie)

Austin (Actor)

Room at the Top 1959 (Movie)

Charles Soames (Actor)

Danger Within 1958 (Movie)

Capt Roger Byfold (Actor)

The Man Upstairs 1958 (Movie)

Sanderson (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

Taffy (Actor)

The Red Beret 1952 (Movie)

Taffy (Actor)

Dance Hall (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Double Cross (Movie)

Albert Pascoe (Actor)

The 300 Spartans (Movie)

Hydarnes (Actor)

Biography

Flaxen-haired Welsh actor Donald Houston was set for stardom in 1949, with the one-two punch of high-profile roles in both the desert island romance "The Blue Lagoon" and the Ealing Studios comedy "A Run for Your Money," co-starring Alec Guinness. Unlike Guinness, however, Houston didn't quite connect with audiences as a leading man, despite subsequently starring in a string of '50s British comedies and crime dramas--from "Dance Hall" to "Doublecross." The stage-trained thespian instead distinguished himself with solid supporting performances in Oscar-winning prestige pictures like the star-studded World War II epic "The Longest Day" and the sexually charged drama "Room at the Top," in which he played the dutiful best friend of Laurence Harvey's hard-hearted hero. Houston also logged dozens of television appearances, most prominently as a star of the 1971 BBC sitcom "Now, Take My Wife." Often cast as righteous, strong-willed men of action--see the combat adventure flicks "633 Squadron" and "Where Eagles Dare"--Houston found perhaps his juiciest onscreen role playing a deranged murderer in the critically acclaimed Hammer Films psychological thriller "Maniac."

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