WALTER HUSTON Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Walter Houghston                                                                 
Born: 6 April 1884 Toronto, Ontario, Canada                                           
Died: 7 April 1950 Hollywood, California, U.S.                                         
Walter Huston (April 6, 1884 - April 7, 1950) was an Academy Award-winning             
Canadian-born American actor.                                                         
Born in Toronto, Ontario Canada to an Ulster-Scottish father and a Scottish           
mother, he began his Broadway career in 1924, he achieved fame in character           
roles once talkies began in Hollywood. His first major role was in 1929's The         
Virginian, opposite Gary Cooper. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best       
Actor in 1936 for Dodsworth, in which he had appeared on Broadway two years           
Huston stayed busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen (becoming 
one of America's most distinguished actors), including introducing September           
Song in Knickerbocker Holiday. Among his films, he starred in Rain (1932) 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.     
He died in Hollywood from an aortic aneurysm, one day after his 66th birthday.         
His son was John Huston, director of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The             
Maltese Falcon, and many other films. The actors and directors Anjelica Huston         
and Danny Huston are his grandchildren.                                               
Walter Huston has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6626 Hollywood Blvd.         
Actor Billy Crystal makes a reference to Huston in the movie City Slickers II:         
The Legend of Curly's Gold when he does the "Walter Huston dance".