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Also Known As: Walter Houghston Died: April 7, 1950
Born: April 6, 1884 Cause of Death: aortic aneurysm
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, vaudevillian, waiter, engineer

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Let There Be Light (1980) Narrator
2.
 September Affair (1951) "September Song" sung by
3.
 The Furies (1950) T. C. Jeffords
4.
 The Great Sinner (1949) General Ostrovsky
6.
 Summer Holiday (1948) Mr. Nat Miller
7.
 Duel in the Sun (1947) Jubal Crabbe, the sinkiller
8.
 Dragonwyck (1946) Ephraim Wells
9.
 Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945) Narrator
10.
 War Comes to America (1945) Narrator
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as a teenager, appearing in vaudeville
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Settled in NYC; worked as a waiter while looking for acting jobs
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First professional acting role, a messenger in a production of "Julius Caesar"; fired when he forgot his lines
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After 1904 marriage, quit acting and worked as an engineer
1909:
Moved with family to Texas before resuming stage career
1909:
Worked in vaudeville in partnership with future wife Bayonne Whipple; married in spring 1915
1924:
Had first major Broadway success as the patriarch in Eugene O'Neill's drama "Desire Under the Elms"
1929:
Short film debut in "The Carnival Man"
1929:
Feature film debut in "Gentlemen of the Press"
1930:
Had title role in D.W. Griffith's biopic "Abraham Lincoln"
1932:
Co-starred with Joan Crawford in "Rain"
1934:
Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "Dodsworth"
1935:
Portrayed "Rhodes of Africa"
1936:
Received first Academy Award nomination reprising stage role in "Dodsworth"
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Played "Othello" on stage
1938:
Made musical comedy debut as Peter Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday"; introduced signature tune "September Song"
1939:
Turned down the leading role in the stage play "Life With Father"
1941:
Garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
1941:
Had bit role in son John's directorial debut "The Maltese Falcon"
1942:
Earned third Oscar nomination as the patriarch of the Cohan family in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
1942:
Reteamed with son for "In This Our Life"
1944:
Lost stage role of Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday" to Charles Coburn in the film adaptation
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
1950:
Final film, "The Furies"
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Education

Toronto College of Music: Toronto , Ontario -
Landdown School: Toronto , Ontario -

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wife:
Rhea Gore. Journalist. Born c. 1881; met in St. Louis during the World's Fair; married on December 31, 1904; divorced in 1913; mother of John Huston.
wife:
Bayonne Whipple. Vaudeville partner. Married in 1915; divorced in 1931.
wife:
Ninette Sunderland. Actor. Married from 1931 to his death.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Houghston. Cabinet maker.
mother:
Elizabeth Houghston.
son:
John Huston. Actor, director, screenwriter. Born on August 5, 1906; directed Walter to an Oscar in 1948's "Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; died on August 28, 1987.
grandson:
Tony Huston. Screenwriter, director. Born on April 15, 1950.
granddaughter:
Anjelica Huston. Actor, director. Born on July 8, 1951; won Oscar for "Prizzi's Honor" (1985), directed by father John.
grandson:
Danny Huston. Director. Born on May 14, 1962; directed "Mr. North" (1988).
granddaughter:
Allegra Huston. Producer, former book editor. Daughter of John Huston's third wife and a titled Englishman; raised by John Huston after his wife's death.
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