Walter Huston

Actor, Vaudevillian, Engineer
Entered films in 1929 after some success in vaudeville and on Broadway. Huston played both lead and character parts and excelled at fatherly roles; he was outstanding in "Dodsworth" (1936), "The Devil and Daniel ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1884 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dragon Seed 1944 (Movie)

Ling Tau (Actor)

The Outlaw 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

Ambassador Joseph E Davies (Actor)

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Why We Fight 1941 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Devil and Daniel Webster 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dodsworth 1935 (Movie)

Samuel Dodsworth (Actor)

The Prizefighter and the Lady 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abraham Lincoln (Movie)

Abraham Lincoln (Actor)

Always in My Heart (Movie)

MacKenzie Scott (Actor)

American Madness (Movie)

Thomas Dickson (Actor)

And Then There Were None (Movie)

Dr. Armstrong (Actor)

Ann Vickers (Movie)

Barney Dolphin (Actor)

Dragonwyck (Movie)

Ephraim Wells (Actor)

Gabriel Over the White House (Movie)

Hon. Judson Hammond (Actor)

Hell Below (Movie)

Lt. Cmdr. Toler (Actor)

In This Our Life (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Keep 'em Rolling (Movie)

Sgt. Benjamin E. "Benny" Walsh (Actor)

Summer Holiday (Movie)

Nat Miller (Actor)

Swamp Water (Movie)

Thursday Ragan (Actor)

The Battle of Britain (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

The Beast of the City (Movie)

Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Furies (Movie)

T.C. Jeffords (Actor)

The Light That Failed (Movie)

Terpenhow (Actor)

The North Star (Movie)

Dr. Kurin (Actor)

The Ruling Voice (Movie)

Jack Bannister (Actor)

The Virtuous Sin (Movie)

Gen. Gregori Platoff (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Pop Tarleton (Actor)

The Woman from Monte Carlo (Movie)

Capt. Corlaix (Actor)

Biography

Entered films in 1929 after some success in vaudeville and on Broadway. Huston played both lead and character parts and excelled at fatherly roles; he was outstanding in "Dodsworth" (1936), "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1941) and son John Huston's "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948).

Relationships

Elizabeth Houghston

Mother

Rhea Gore

Wife
born c. 1881 met in St. Louis during the World's Fair married on December 31, 1904 divorced in 1913 mother of John Huston

Robert Houghston

Father

Danny Huston Actor

Grandchild
Born on May 14, 1962

John Huston Actor

Son
Born on August 5, 1906 directed Walter to an Oscar in 1948's "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" died on August 28, 1987

Anjelica Huston Actor

Granddaughter
Born on July 8, 1951 won Oscar for "Prizzi's Honor" (1985), directed by father John

Allegra Huston

Granddaughter
daughter of John Huston's third wife and a titled Englishman raised by John Huston after his wife's death

Jack Huston Actor

Great-Grandchild
Born Dec. 7, 1982 to Tony Huston and Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley

Tony Huston

Grandson
born on April 15, 1950

Ninette Sunderland

Wife
married from 1931 to his death

Bayonne Whipple

Wife
married in 1915 divorced in 1931

EDUCATION

Toronto College of Music

Toronto , Ontario
won scholarship

briefly studied electrical engineering in college

Landdown School

Toronto , Ontario
graduated at age 17

Milestones

1950

Final film, "The Furies"

1948

Directed by son John in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; both received Academy Awards for the film, Walter as Best Supporting Actor and John for both Best Director and Best Screenplay

1943

Lost stage role of Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday" to Charles Coburn in the film adaptation

1941

Reteamed with son for "In This Our Life"

1941

Earned third Oscar nomination as the patriarch of the Cohan family in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"

1940

Garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Devil and Daniel Webster"

1940

Had bit role in son John's directorial debut "The Maltese Falcon"

1939

Turned down the leading role in the stage play "Life With Father"

1938

Made musical comedy debut as Peter Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday"; introduced signature tune "September Song"

1936

Received first Academy Award nomination reprising stage role in "Dodsworth"

1935

Portrayed "Rhodes of Africa"

1934

Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "Dodsworth"

1932

Co-starred with Joan Crawford in "Rain"

1930

Had title role in D.W. Griffith's biopic "Abraham Lincoln"

1929

Short film debut in "The Carnival Man"

1929

Feature film debut in "Gentlemen of the Press"

1924

Had first major Broadway success as the patriarch in Eugene O'Neill's drama "Desire Under the Elms"

1909

Worked in vaudeville in partnership with future wife Bayonne Whipple; married in spring 1915

1909

Moved with family to Texas before resuming stage career

Played "Othello" on stage

First professional acting role, a messenger in a production of "Julius Caesar"; fired when he forgot his lines

After 1904 marriage, quit acting and worked as an engineer

Began career as a teenager, appearing in vaudeville

Settled in NYC; worked as a waiter while looking for acting jobs

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