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Also Known As: Died: June 2, 1979
Born: May 31, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Binghamton, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... actor


Early in his career, Jim Hutton was being groomed as a romantic lead before transitioning to supporting roles. Starting in 1960, he appeared in a spate of romantic comedies opposite actress Paula Prentiss; both actors were under contract with MGM at the time and, perhaps not incidentally, were among the tallest actors at the studio, with Hutton measured in at a steep six-foot five-inches. In all they made four films together: "Where the Boys Are" (1960), "The Honeymoon Machine" (1961), "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961), and "The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962). During this time, Hutton was often compared to Jimmy Stewart, with whom he shared a penchant for offhand line-readings and a dawdling manner. Into the late 1960s, Hutton began to appear in more dramatic films, showing up as a cavalry lieutenant in Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee" (1965) and as comic relief in John Wayne's Vietnam fable, "The Green Berets" (1968). Into the 1970s, the actor gained exposure on TV -- especially as the title character of the mystery hour "Ellery Queen." In the role of the amateur sleuth, Hutton memorably turned to face the camera at the show's end and ask the audience if they could solve the episode's crime. Hutton's son is actor Timothy Hutton.


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Born Dana James Hutton
May 31, 1934 in
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Died June 2, 1979 (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1958–1979

Dana James Hutton (May 31, 1934 – June 2, 1979), usually credited as Jim Hutton, was an American actor in film and television.

Born in Binghamton, New York, Jim Hutton was performing in live theater in Germany while with the United States Army when he was spotted by American film director Douglas Sirk. One of his earliest screen appearances was in an episode of The Twilight Zone (1959), in which he co-starred with Rod Taylor. In Hollywood, he gained recognition with teen audiences for his role in the college student film Where the Boys Are (1960), where he appeared with Paula Prentiss, an actress he would be teamed with in several of his early films, in part because they were the tallest contract players of their time (Hutton at 6'5" and Prentiss at 5'10"). He appeared with Prentiss in The Honeymoon Machine Late in 1960, followed by 1961's Bachelor in Paradise starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner, and finally The Horizontal Lieutenant in 1962. In 1966, Hutton gained a wider audience in Walk, Don't Run with Samantha Eggar and (in his last feature-film appearance) Cary Grant. Due to his tall, gangly frame and the absent minded quality of his delivery, Hutton was viewed as a successor to James Stewart. In addition to being a gifted comedic actor, Hutton also took on dramatic roles such as Sam Peckinpah's 1965 western Major Dundee. In 1968 Hutton appeared in the John Wayne acted/directed war drama, The Green Berets, wherein Hutton played "The Scrounger". Also in 1968 Hutton appeared with John Wayne in Hellfighters playing the role of Greg Parker. The movie was loosely based on the career of oil-well firefighter Red Adair.

In the early 1970s Hutton began working almost exclusively in television and played the title role of Ellery Queen in the 1975 made-for-television movie that led to the 1975-76 television series Ellery Queen. Hutton's co-star was David Wayne who portrayed his widowed father. In the series (set in 1947), Hutton portrayed an amateur crime solver who worked on murder cases and tried to find out "whodunit," with the added twist of breaking the fourth wall and involving the viewer in solving the mystery. He also starred in "The Hallelujah Trail".

On June 2, 1979, Jim Hutton died in Los Angeles, California from liver cancer, two days after his 45th birthday. His son, actor Timothy Hutton, dedicated his 1980 Academy Award to his father.
Spouse(s) Lynni M Solomon (1970-1973) (divorced) Marline Poole (1958-1963)(divorced)

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