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Walter Huston was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston.

Born Walter Houghston in Toronto, Ontario to an Ulster-Scottish father and a Scottish Canadian mother, he began his Broadway career in 1924. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he achieved fame in character roles. His first major role was in 1929's The Virginian with Gary Cooper. He appeared in the Broadway theatrical adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel Dodsworth in 1934 and the play's film version two years later.

Huston stayed busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen (becoming one of America's most distinguished actors); he performed "September Song" in the original Broadway production of Knickerbocker Holiday in 1938. Among his films are Rain (1932), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Mission to Moscow (1943), a pro-Soviet World War II propaganda film as Ambassador Joseph E. Davies. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1948 for his role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was directed by his son, John Huston. His last film was The Furies in 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck.

Along with Anthony Veiller, he narrated the Why We Fight series of World War II documentaries directed by Frank Capra.

He died in Hollywood from an aortic aneurysm, one day after his 66th birthday.

Walter Huston has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6626 Hollywood Blvd.

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Walter Huston was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston.

Born Walter Houghston in Toronto, Ontario to an Ulster-Scottish father and a Scottish Canadian mother, he began his Broadway career in 1924. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he achieved fame in character roles. His first major role was in 1929's The Virginian with Gary Cooper. He appeared in the Broadway theatrical adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel Dodsworth in 1934 and the play's film version two years later.

Huston stayed busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen (becoming one of America's most distinguished actors); he performed "September Song" in the original Broadway production of Knickerbocker Holiday in 1938. Among his films are Rain (1932), The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) and Mission to Moscow (1943), a pro-Soviet World War II propaganda film as Ambassador Joseph E. Davies. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1948 for his role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which was directed by his son, John Huston. His last film was The Furies in 1950 with Barbara Stanwyck.

Along with Anthony Veiller, he narrated the Why We Fight series of World War II documentaries directed by Frank Capra.

He died in Hollywood from an aortic aneurysm, one day after his 66th birthday.

Walter Huston has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6626 Hollywood Blvd.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 64

Birthday 1883-04-05

Day of Death 1950-04-07

Place of Birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

For God and Country as Narrator
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1950 The Furies as T. C. Jeffords
1949 The Great Sinner as General Ostrovsky
1948 Summer Holiday as Mr. Nat Miller
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as Howard
1946 Duel in the Sun as The Sinkiller
1946 Let There Be Light as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1946 Dragonwyck as Ephraim Wells
1945 And Then There Were None as Dr. Edward G. Armstrong
1945 Know Your Enemy - Japan as Narrator
1945 Why We Fight: War Comes to America as Narrator
1944 Dragon Seed as Ling Tan
1944 Why We Fight: The Battle of China as Abraham Lincoln
1944 Know Your Ally: Britain as Narrator
1943 The North Star as Dr. Kurin
1943 Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain as Narrator
1943 Report from the Aleutians as Voices of officers (voice)
1943 Mission to Moscow as Ambassadeur Joseph E. Davies
1943 The Outlaw as Doc Holliday
1943 December 7th as Uncle Sam 'U.S.'
1943 Edge of Darkness as Dr. Martin Stensgard
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy as Jerry Cohan
1942 Why We Fight: Prelude to War as Narrator (voice)
1942 Always in My Heart as MacKenzie Scott
1941 The Shanghai Gesture as Sir Guy Charteris
1941 All That Money Can Buy as Mr. Scratch
1941 Swamp Water as Thursday Ragan
1941 The Maltese Falcon as Captain Jacoby (uncredited)
1941 Safeguarding Military Information
1939 The Light That Failed as Torpenhow
1938 Of Human Hearts as Ethan Wilkins
1936 Dodsworth as Sam Dodsworth
1936 Rhodes of Africa as Cecil John Rhodes
1935 The Tunnel as President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston)
1934 Keep 'Em Rolling as Sgt. Benjamin E. Walsh
1933 The Prizefighter and the Lady as Professor
1933 Ann Vickers as Barney Dolphin
1933 Storm at Daybreak as Mayor Dushan Radovic
1933 Hell Below as Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN
1933 Gabriel Over the White House as le Président des États-Unis, Judson Hammond
1932 Rain as Alfred Davidson
1932 Kongo as Flint
1932 American Madness as Thomas Dickson
1932 Night Court as Judge Moffett
1932 The Wet Parade as Pow Tarleton
1932 Law and Order as Frame 'Saint' Johnson
1932 The Beast of the City as Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick
1932 The Woman From Monte Carlo as Captain Corlaix
1931 A House Divided as Seth Law
1931 The Ruling Voice as Jack Bannister
1931 The Star Witness as District Attorney Whitlock
1931 How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 7: 'The Spoon' as Judge Walter Huston (uncredited)
1931 The Criminal Code as Mark Brady
1931 Voice of Hollywood (Series 2, No. 3) as Himself
1930 Abraham Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln
1930 The Virtuous Sin as General Gregory Platoff
1930 Filmed Prologue to Birth of a Nation
1930 The Bad Man as Pancho Lopez
1930 An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee as Himself
1929 The Virginian as Trampas
1929 The Lady Lies as Robert Rossiter
1929 Gentlemen Of The Press as Wickland Snell
1915 The Birth of a Nation as Himself (1931 reissue version)

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