Walter Houghston (1884 - 1950)

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Birthplace: Toronto, ON, Canada
Death: Died in Hollywood, CA, USA
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About Walter Houghston

The gruff‐voiced, Canadian‐born actor Walter Huston established himself as one of the great actors of the English-speaking stage and cinema. Though he never achieved true star status on the silver screen, he established himself as a well-respected and much-sought-after character lead beginning with the early talkies and continuing through the 1930s & '40s. For his contribution to the motion pictures industry, Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6626 Hollywood Blvd.

Born Walter Houghston on April 6, 1884 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.

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