Walter Huston

Place of birth:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
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.


Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood (2008)
as Various Roles (archive footage)
Why We Fight: World War II: The Battle of China / War Comes to America (2000)
as Narrator
Bogart: The Untold Story (1997)
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
as (archive footage)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)
Armored Attack! (1957)
as Dr. Kurin
The Furies (1950)
as T. C. Jeffords
The Great Sinner (1949)
as General Ostrovsky
Summer Holiday (1948)
as Mr. Nat Miller
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
as Howard
Duel in the Sun (1946)
as Jubal Crabbe, the Sinkiller
Let There Be Light (1946)
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The Outlaw (1946)
as Doc Holliday
Dragonwyck (1946)
as Ephraim Wells
And Then There Were None (1945)
as Edward Armstrong
Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)
as Narrator
Why We Fight: War Comes to America (1945)
as Narrator
Dragon Seed (1944)
as Ling Tan
Twenty Years After (1944)
Why We Fight: The Battle of China (1944)
as Abraham Lincoln
Know Your Ally: Britain (1944)
as Narrator
War Department Report (1943)
as Narrator (voice)
The North Star (1943)
as Dr. Kurin
Why We Fight: The Battle of Britain (1943)
as Narrator
Report from the Aleutians (1943)
as Voices of officers (voice)
For God and Country (1943)
as Narrator
Mission to Moscow (1943)
as Ambassador Joseph E. Davies
Edge of Darkness (1943)
as Dr. Martin Stensgard
December 7th (1943)
as Uncle Sam 'U.S.'
The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
as Jerry Cohan (archive footage)
Our Russian Front (1942)
as Narrator
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
as Jerry Cohan
Why We Fight: Prelude to War (1942)
as Narrator (voice)
In This Our Life (1942)
as Bartender (uncredited)
Always in My Heart (1942)
as MacKenzie Scott
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)
as Sir Guy Charteris
Swamp Water (1941)
as Thursday Ragan
The Maltese Falcon (1941)
as Captain Jacoby (uncredited)
All That Money Can Buy (1941)
as Mr. Scratch
Safeguarding Military Information (1941)
The Light That Failed (1939)
as Torpenhow
Of Human Hearts (1938)
as Ethan Wilkins
Dodsworth (1936)
as Sam Dodsworth
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (1936)
Rhodes of Africa (1936)
as Cecil John Rhodes
The Tunnel (1935)
as President of the United States (as Mr. Walter Huston)
Hollywood Hobbies (1935)
as Himself
Keep 'Em Rolling (1934)
as Sgt. Benjamin E. Walsh
The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933)
as Professor
Ann Vickers (1933)
as Barney Dolphin
Storm at Daybreak (1933)
as Mayor Dushan Radovic
Hell Below (1933)
as Lieut. Comdr. T.J. Toler USN
Gabriel Over the White House (1933)
as Hon. Judson Hammond - The President of the United States
Rain (1932)
as Alfred Davidson
Kongo (1932)
as Flint
American Madness (1932)
as Thomas Dickson
Night Court (1932)
as Judge Andrew J. Moffett
The Wet Parade (1932)
as Pow Tarleton
Law and Order (1932)
as Frame 'Saint' Johnson
The Beast of the City (1932)
as Capt. Jim Fitzpatrick
The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)
as Captain Corlaix
Intimate Interviews: Walter Huston (1931)
as Interviewee
A House Divided (1931)
as Seth Law
The Ruling Voice (1931)
as Jack Bannister
The Star Witness (1931)
as District Attorney Whitlock
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 7: 'The Spoon' (1931)
as Judge Walter Huston (uncredited)
Voice of Hollywood (Series 2, No. 3) (1931)
as Himself
The Criminal Code (1930)
as Mark Brady
The Virtuous Sin (1930)
as Gregory Platoff
Filmed Prologue to Birth of a Nation (1930)
The Bad Man (1930)
as Pancho Lopez
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
as Abraham Lincoln
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)
as Himself
Behind the Make-Up (1930)
as Joe in Clark & White's Office (uncredited)
The Virginian (1929)
as Trampas
The Lady Lies (1929)
as Robert Rossiter
Gentlemen Of The Press (1929)
as Wickland Snell © 2021

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