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|Also Known As:||Died:||October 31, 1988|
|Born:||September 22, 1902||Cause of Death:||spinal cancer|
|Birth Place:||Romania||Profession:||Cast ...|
Houseman is described by Welles biographer Charles Higham as "the mooring tape for Welles' ballooning talent."
"Terror has always been a motivating force in my life. I work well under the stimulus of terror; in some cases, I may have even created my own terror.
"What motivates me now is fear of boredom, I suppose. I attempt, even at my age, to do something new. And it is for this reason that I was particualarly pleased to have the opportunity to work with Woody Allen" --John Houseman, quoted in press notes for "Another Woman"
"There's not a long list of regrets. I've been so very lucky. Things have fallen so consistently into my open mouth. There's nothing I wish I'd done.
"Anything I'm proud of or pleased with is the mass stuff I was able to add up because of my longevity. But if God sent down word that I could do just one thing, I'm sure I'd gravitate back to the theater." --John Houseman, a 1984 quote recalled at the time of his death in The New York Times, November 1, 1998.
"Almost every major theater in America is run by a Houseman protege. Before there was Kingsfield, there was John Houseman. He was the Kingsfield to many of the actors, producers, directors on the American stage today." --James Bridges (director of "The Paper Chase") to The New York Times, November 1, 1988.
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