Walter Pidgeon

Actor, Singer, Mailroom clerk
Handsome, dignified performer, most typically in intelligent, gentlemanly roles, in lead and supporting film parts from the late 1920s. Possessing an attractive singing voice which was almost never heard once he ... Read more »
Born: 09/23/1897 in East St John, New Brunswick, CA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Sextette 1977 (Movie)

Chairman (Actor)

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Pickpocket (Actor)

Harry in Your Pocket 1972 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

The Neptune Factor 1972 (Movie)

Dr Andrews (Actor)

Skyjacked 1971 (Movie)

US Senator (Actor)

Rascal 1969 (Movie)

of Sterling North (Voice)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

Florenz Ziegfeld (Actor)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Warning Shot 1966 (Movie)

Orville Ames (Actor)

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Bob Munson (Actor)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

Admiral Harriman Nelson (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Forbidden Planet 1956 (Movie)

Doctor Morbius (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Edward Hall Sr (Actor)

These Wilder Years 1956 (Movie)

James Rayburn (Actor)

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

Rear Admiral Daniel Xavier Smith (Actor)

The Glass Slipper 1955 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

J J Shubert (Actor)

Executive Suite 1954 (Movie)

Frederick Y Alderson (Actor)

Men of the Fighting Lady 1954 (Movie)

Commander Kent Dowling (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

James Ellswirth (Actor)

Dream Wife 1953 (Movie)

Walter McBride (Actor)

Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 (Movie)

Frederick Kellerman (Actor)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

Harry Pebbel (Actor)

Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

That Forsyte Woman 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

If Winter Comes 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mrs. Miniver 1942 (Movie)

Clem Miniver (Actor)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

Mr. Gruffydd (Actor)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

William 'Will' Cantrell (Actor)

The Kiss Before the Mirror 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Live Again, Die Again (TV Show)

Actor

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mask of Sheba (TV Show)

Actor

The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

Actor

You Lie So Deep, My Love (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Handsome, dignified performer, most typically in intelligent, gentlemanly roles, in lead and supporting film parts from the late 1920s. Possessing an attractive singing voice which was almost never heard once he achieved stardom, Pidgeon performed quite creditably in a number of operettas of the early sound years, including such worthy entries in the cycle like "Sweet Kitty Bellairs", "Viennese Nights" (both 1930) and "Kiss Me Again" (1931). He later played smart city slickers, typically second leads who palled around with the hero or lost the woman to a bigger male star; entries here included "Big Brown Eyes" (1936), "Saratoga" (1937) and "Too Hot to Handle" (1938).

Relationships

Edna Pickles

Wife
Married 1922 in Boston, MA until her death while in childbirth Oct. 26, 1926

Hannah Pidgeon

Mother
moved in with son following wife Muriel's death lived with him until her death at age 94 in 1964

Edna Pidgeon

Daughter
born on October 26, 1926

Ruth Walker

Wife
Married 1931 until his death Sept. 25, 1984

EDUCATION

University of New Brunswick

Fredericton , New Brunswick 1915 - 1916
dropped out after a year

New England Conservatory of Music

Boston , Massachusetts

Milestones

1978

Made final feature appearance in "Sextette"

1976

Last TV-movie, "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case"; portrayed the judge

1968

Portrayed Florenz Ziegfeld in the movie musical "Funny Girl"

1965

Played the King in the CBS TV remake of "Cinderella", with a score by Rodgers and Hammerstein

1962

Had role as the US Senate Majority Leader in "Advise and Consent"

1961

Cast as the submarine's admiral in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"

1958

Starred as the father in "The Swiss Family Robinson", an NBC adventure special

1956

Appeared as Dr. Morbius in "Forbidden Planet"

1955

Hosted MGM's first TV series, "M-G-M Parade", an ABC variety series

1954

Co-starred in the all-star production of "Executive Suite"

1953

Last of eight co-starring vehicles opposite Garson, "Scandal at Scourie"

1942

Starred as Pierre Curie to Garson's "Madame Curie"; received second Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1941

Earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his co-starring role opposite Garson in "Mrs. Miniver"

1940

First film starring opposite Greer Garson, "Blossoms in the Dust"

1940

Distinguished himself with starring roles in John Ford's "How Green Was My Valley" and Fritz Lang's "Man Hunt", both released in the same year

1930

First acting role in a musical talkie, where he used his baritone singing voice, "Viennese Nights"

1926

Feature acting debut in silent film, "Mannequin"

1925

Appeared in support of Janis on Broadway in "Puzzles of 1925"

1921

Toured with the Boston Light Opera Company; spotted by singer Elsie Janis who hired him

1916

Dropped out of college and enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery

After WWI, moved to Boston; worked nights in the mailroom of a brokerage firm

Appeared on Broadway in the musical "Take Me Along"

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