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Edward Everett Horton

Best known to the Baby Boomer generation as the venerable narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959–61), however he had a lengthy film career as a character actor.

Edward Everett Horton



Too Much Business

The Ladder Jinx

A Front Page Story



Ruggles of Red Gap

The Vow of Vengeance

To the Ladies



Flapper Wives

Try and Get It

The Man Who Fights Alone

Helen’s Babies



Beggar on Horseback

Marry Me

The Business of Love



La Bohème

Poker Faces

The Whole Town’s Talking



Taxi! Taxi!



The Terror



Ask Dad

Sonny Boy

The Hottentot

The Sap

The Aviator



Take the Heir

Wide Open


Once a Gentleman

Reaching for the Moon



Kiss Me Again

Lonely Wives

The Front Page

Six Cylinder Love

Smart Woman

The Age for Love



-But the Flesh Is Weak

Roar of the Dragon

Trouble in Paradise



Soldiers of the King

A Bedtime Story

It’s a Boy

The Way to Love

Design for Living

Alice in Wonderland



Easy to Love

The Poor Rich

Success at Any Price

Uncertain Lady

Sing and Like It


Kiss and Make-Up

Ladies Should Listen

The Merry Widow

The Gay Divorcee



Biography of a Bachelor Girl

The Night Is Young

All the King’s Horses

The Devil Is a Woman

$10 Raise

In Caliente

Going Highbrow

Top Hat

The Private Secretary

Little Big Shot

His Night Out

Your Uncle Dudley



Her Master’s Voice

The Singing Kid

Nobody’s Fool

Hearts Divided

The Man in the Mirror

Let’s Make a Million



Lost Horizon

The King and the Chorus Girl

Shall We Dance

Wild Money

Danger – Love at Work


The Perfect Specimen

The Great Garrick

Hitting a New High



Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife

College Swing


Little Tough Guys in Society



Paris Honeymoon

The Gang’s All Here

That’s Right You’re Wrong



You’re the One

Ziegfeld Girl


Bachelor Daddy

Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Weekend for Three

The Body Disappears



The Magnificent Dope

I Married an Angel

Springtime in the Rockies



Forever and a Day

Thank Your Lucky Stars

The Gang’s All Here



Her Primitive Man

Summer Storm

Arsenic and Old Lace

San Diego, I Love You


The Town Went Wild



Steppin’ in Society

Lady on a Train



Cinderella Jones

Faithful in My Fashion

Earl Carroll Sketchbook



The Ghost Goes Wild

Down to Earth

Her Husband’s Affairs



The Story of Mankind



Pocketful of Miracles



One Got Fat

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World



Sex and the Single Girl



The Perils of Pauline



2000 Years Later



Cold Turkey


Edward Everett Horton was never nominated for an Academy Award.

I have my own little kingdom. I do the scavenger parts no one else wants and I get well paid for it. ~ Edward Everett Horton

Edward Everett Horton was born March 18, 1886 in Brooklyn, New York (then an independent city), to Edward Everett Horton, a compositor for The New York Times, and his wife Isabella S. (Diack) Horton.

He attended Boys’ High School, Brooklyn, and Baltimore City College, where he was later inducted into their Hall of Fame.

He began his college career at Oberlin College in Ohio. However, he was asked to leave after he climbed to the top of a building, and after a crowd gathered, threw off a dummy, making them think he had jumped. He then attended Brooklyn Polytechnic, followed by Columbia University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi.

Horton began his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), but he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in Beggar on Horseback (1925). In the late 1920s, he starred in two-reel silent comedies for Educational Pictures and made the transition to talking pictures with Educational in 1929. As a stage-trained performer, he found more film work easily, and appeared in some of Warner Bros.’ early talkies, including The Terror (1928) and Sonny Boy (1929).

Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s, usually playing a mousy fellow who put up with domestic or professional problems to a certain point, and then finally asserted himself for a happy ending. He is best known, however, for his work as a character actor in supporting roles. These include The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934, the first of several Astaire/Rogers films in which Horton appeared), Top Hat (1935), Danger – Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Sex and the Single Girl (film) (1964). His last role was in the comedy film Cold Turkey (1971), in which his character communicated only through facial expressions.

From 1945-47, Horton hosted radio’s Kraft Music Hall. An early television appearance came in the play Sham, shown on The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre on 13 December 1948. During the 1950s, Horton worked in television. One of his best-remembered appearances is in an episode of CBS’s I Love Lucy, in which he is cast against type as a frisky, amorous suitor, broadcast in 1952. In 1960, he guest-starred on ABC’s sitcom The Real McCoys as J. Luther Medwick, grandfather of the boyfriend of series character Hassie McCoy (Lydia Reed). In the story line, Medwick clashes with the equally outspoken Grandpa Amos McCoy (played by Walter Brennan).

He remains, however, best known to the Baby Boomer generation as the venerable narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959–61), an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks.

In 1962, he portrayed the character Uncle Ned in three episodes of the CBS television series Dennis the Menace. In 1965, he played the medicine man, Roaring Chicken, in the ABC sitcom F Troop. He echoed this role, portraying Chief Screaming Chicken, on ABC’s Batman as a pawn to Vincent Price’s Egghead in the villain’s attempt to take control of Gotham City.

Horton died of cancer at age 84 in Encino, California. His remains were interred in Glendale’s Whispering Pines section of Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Horton’s companion for many years was actor Gavin Gordon, who was 15 years his junior. They both appeared (but shared no scenes) in only one film, Pocketful of Miracles (1961). They also appeared together in at least one play, a 1931 production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives.

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