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Edward Everett Horton Jr. (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons. Horton began his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), but he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in the drama Beggar on Horseback (1925). In the late 1920s, he starred in two-reel silent comedies for Educational Pictures, and made the transition to talking pictures with Educational in 1929. As a stage-trained performer, he found more film work easily, and appeared in some of Warner Bros.' early talkies, including The Terror (1928) and Sonny Boy (1929).

Horton initially used his given name, Edward Horton, professionally. His father persuaded him to adopt his full name professionally, reasoning that other actors might be named Edward Horton, but only one named Edward Everett Horton. Horton soon cultivated his own special variation of the time-honored double take (an actor's reaction to something, followed by a delayed, more extreme reaction). In Horton's version, he would smile ingratiatingly and nod in agreement with what just happened; then, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled mask.

Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s, usually playing a mousy fellow who put up with domestic or professional problems to a certain point, and then finally asserted himself for a happy ending. He is best known, however, for his work as a character actor in supporting roles. These include The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934, the first of several Astaire/Rogers films in which Horton appeared), Top Hat (1935), Danger - Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). His last role was in the comedy film Cold Turkey (1971), in which his character communicated only through facial expressions.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edward Everett Horton Jr. (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons. Horton began his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), but he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in the drama Beggar on Horseback (1925). In the late 1920s, he starred in two-reel silent comedies for Educational Pictures, and made the transition to talking pictures with Educational in 1929. As a stage-trained performer, he found more film work easily, and appeared in some of Warner Bros.' early talkies, including The Terror (1928) and Sonny Boy (1929).

Horton initially used his given name, Edward Horton, professionally. His father persuaded him to adopt his full name professionally, reasoning that other actors might be named Edward Horton, but only one named Edward Everett Horton. Horton soon cultivated his own special variation of the time-honored double take (an actor's reaction to something, followed by a delayed, more extreme reaction). In Horton's version, he would smile ingratiatingly and nod in agreement with what just happened; then, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled mask.

Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s, usually playing a mousy fellow who put up with domestic or professional problems to a certain point, and then finally asserted himself for a happy ending. He is best known, however, for his work as a character actor in supporting roles. These include The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934, the first of several Astaire/Rogers films in which Horton appeared), Top Hat (1935), Danger - Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). His last role was in the comedy film Cold Turkey (1971), in which his character communicated only through facial expressions.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 118

Birthday 1886-03-18

Day of Death 1970-09-29

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • E.E. Horton
  • Edward Horton

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1997 The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
1971 Cold Turkey as Hiram C. Grayson
1970 Nanny and the Professor(1 episode)
1969 2000 Years Later as Evermore
1967 The Perils of Pauline as Caspar Coleman
1966 Batman(2 episodes)
1965 F Troop(3 episodes)
1964 Sex and the Single Girl as The Chief
1964 The Cara Williams Show(1 episode)
1963 One Got Fat as Narrator
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Mr. Dinckler
1963 Burke's Law(2 episodes)
1961 Pocketful of Miracles as Hutchins
1961 The Bullwinkle Show(143 episodes)
1959 Dennis, The Menace(3 episodes)
1957 The Story of Mankind as Sir Walter Raleigh
1956 The Steve Allen Show(1 episode)
1955 Matinee Theater(3 episodes)
1954 December Bride(1 episode)
1954 Max Liebman Presents(1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1951 I Love Lucy(1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse(1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)
1947 Her Husband's Affairs as J.B. Cruikshank
1947 Down to Earth as Messenger 7013
1947 The Ghost Goes Wild as Eric
1946 Earl Carroll Sketchbook as Dr. Milo Edwards
1946 Faithful in My Fashion as Hiram Dilworthy
1946 Cinderella Jones as Keating
1945 Lady on a Train as Mr. Haskell
1945 Steppin' in Society as Judge Avery Webster
1944 The Town Went Wild as Everett Conway
1944 Brazil as Everett St. John Everett
1944 San Diego I Love You as Philip McCooley
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace as Mr. Witherspoon
1944 Summer Storm as Count Alexander Volsky
1944 Her Primitive Man as Orrin
1943 The Gang's All Here as Peyton Potter
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars as Farnsworth
1943 Forever and a Day as Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
1942 Springtime in the Rockies as McTavish
1942 I Married an Angel as Peter
1942 The Magnificent Dope as Horace Hunter
1941 Weekend for Three as Fred Stonebraker
1941 The Body Disappears as Professor Shotesbury
1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Messenger 7013
1941 Sunny as Henry Bates
1941 Ziegfeld Girl as Noble Sage
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong as Tom Village - a Screenwriter
1939 The Gang's All Here as Treadwell
1939 Paris Honeymoon as Ernest Figg
1938 Little Tough Guys in Society as Oliver
1938 Holiday as Professor Nick Potter
1938 College Swing as Hubert Dash
1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife as The Marquis De Loiselle
1937 Hitting a New High as Lucius B. Blynn
1937 The Great Garrick as Tubby
1937 Angel as Graham
1937 The Perfect Specimen as Mr. Grattan
1937 Danger - Love at Work as Howard Rogers
1937 Lost Horizon as Alexander P. " Lovey " Lovett
1937 Wild Money as P.E. Dodd
1937 Shall We Dance as Jeffrey Baird
1937 Oh, Doctor as Edward J. Billop
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl as Count Humbert Evel Bruger
1936 The Man in the Mirror as Jeremy Dilke
1936 Hearts Divided as John
1936 Nobody's Fool as Will Wright
1936 The Singing Kid as Davenport Rogers
1936 Her Master's Voice as Ned Farrar
1935 Your Uncle Dudley as Dudley Dixon
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 Little Big Shot as Mortimer Thompson
1935 Top Hat as Horace Hardwick
1935 The Private Secretary as Rev. Robert Spalding
1935 Going Highbrow as Augie Winterspoon
1935 In Caliente as Harold Brandon
1935 The Devil Is a Woman as Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
1935 All the King's Horses as Count Josef 'Peppi' von Schlapstaat
1935 The Night Is Young as Baron Szereny
1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl as Leander 'Bunny' Nolan
1934 The Merry Widow as Ambassador Popoff
1934 The Gay Divorcee as Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald
1934 Ladies Should Listen as Paul Vernet
1934 Kiss and Make-Up as Marcel Caron
1934 Smarty as Vernon
1934 Sing and Like it as Adam Frink - Producer
1934 Success At Any Price as Fisher
1934 The Poor Rich as Albert Stuyvesant Spottiswood
1934 Easy to Love as Eric
1933 Design for Living as Max Plunkett
1933 Alice in Wonderland as Mad Hatter
1933 The Way To Love as Professor Gaston Bibi
1933 It's a Boy as Dudley Leake
1933 A Bedtime Story as Victor Dubois
1933 Soldiers of the King as Sebastian Marvello
1932 Trouble in Paradise as François Filiba
1932 Roar of the Dragon as Busby
1932 But the Flesh is Weak as Sir George Kelvin
1931 The Age for Love as Horace Keats
1931 Smart Woman as Billy Ross
1931 Six Cylinder Love as Monty Winston
1931 The Front Page as Bensinger
1931 Kiss Me Again as Rene
1931 Lonely Wives as Richard 'Dickie' Smith / Felix, the Great Zero
1930 Reaching for the Moon as Roger, the Valet
1930 Holiday as Nick Potter
1930 Wide Open as Simon Haldane
1929 Ask Dad as Dad
1928 The Terror as Ferdinand Fane
1928 Behind the Counter as Eddie
1928 Dad's Choice
1926 La Bohème as Benoit - Janitor
1925 Beggar on Horseback as Neil McRae
1924 Helen's Babies as Uncle Harry
1924 The Man Who Fights Alone as Bob Alten

Directing

1928 Dad's ChoiceDirector

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