Walter Huston (1884 - 1950)
- born Walter Houghston on April 6, 1884, in Toronto, Ontario
- died April 7, 1950
- studied engineering
- by 1905 he was successful in vaudeville and was cast in a New York play, but after his marriage (to newspaper-woman Rhea Gore) and the birth of his son
(director-to-be John Huston) in 1906, he decided to meet his responsibilities by working as an engineer at water and electrical plants in Nevada and then St. Louis, Missouri
- returned to the stage in 1909 and soon became a popular headliner in the vaudeville circuit
- divorced in 1913 and later married two more times
- in 1924 he starred in the Broadway plays Mr. Pitt and Desire Under the Elms
- in1929, he joined the exodus of Broadway performers to the movies, which were switching to sound
- although in his mid-40's cast in some romantic leads as well as character parts
- occasionally returned to Broadway, where he scored triumphs in Dodsworth, a role he later repeated on film, and Knickerbocker Holiday in which he gave his famous rendition of "September Song"
- films include:
- D.W. Griffith's Abraham Lincoln (1930), title role
- Dodsworth (1936) the New York Film Critics voted Huston best actor of 1936 for this performance
- The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) (aka All That Money Can Buy) as Mr. Scratch (the devil)
- The Maltese Falcon (1941) cameo as Captain Jacobi
- The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Academy Award for best supporting actor
- Son, give 'em a good show, and always travel first class.
- Hell, I ain't paid to make good lines sound good. I'm paid to make bad ones sound good.
- famous line (from The Devil and Daniel Webster): A soul---a soul is nothing. Can you see it, smell it, touch it, no.
- biography: The Hustons (1989) by Lawrence Grobel
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