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Walter Huston September Song
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in the trailer for
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Born Walter Houghston
April 6, 1884
Died April 7, 1950 (aged 66)
Years active 1924 – 1950
Spouse(s) Rhea Gore
Walter Huston (pronounced /ˈwɔːltər ˈhjuːstən/; April 6, 1884 – April 7, 1950) was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston.
2 Partial filmography (with co-stars)
3 Academy Awards and nominations
4 In popular culture
6 See also
7 External links
Born Walter Houghston in Toronto, Ontario to an Ulster-Scottish father and a Scottish Canadian 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 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.
Partial filmography (with co-stars)
The Lady Lies (1929) with Claudette Colbert
The Virginian (1929) with Gary Cooper
The Virtuous Sin (1930) with Kay Francis
The Bad Man (1930)
The Beast of the City (1932) with Jean Harlow and Jean Hersholt
American Madness (1932) with Pat O'Brien
Rain (1932) with Joan Crawford
Gabriel Over the White House (1933) with Franchot Tone
Dodsworth (1936) with Mary Astor and David Niven and Ruth Chatterton
Rhodes of Africa (1936)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) with James Craig and Edward Arnold and
Swamp Water (1941) with Walter Brennan and Anne Baxter
The Shanghai Gesture (1942) with Gene Tierney
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) with James Cagney
The Outlaw (1943) with Thomas Mitchell and Jane Russell
Edge of Darkness (1943) with Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan
Mission to Moscow (1943)
And Then There Were None (1945 film) (1945)
Dragonwyck (1946) with Gene Tierney and Vincent Price
Duel in the Sun (1946) with Joseph Cotten and Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) with Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt
The Furies (1950) with Wendell Corey
and Barbara Stanwyck
Academy Awards and nominations
1937 - Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role - Dodsworth
1942 - Nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role - The Devil and Daniel Webster
1943 - Nominated Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Yankee Doodle Dandy
1949 - Won Best Actor in a Supporting Role - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
In popular culture
Huston was mentioned in the 1994 western-comedy City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold and the "Walter Huston dance" after finding the buried gold.