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Walter Huston

Best known for his roles in Yankee Doodle Dandy, Dodsworth and his Academy Award winning role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Walter Huston

Filmography

1929      

Gentlemen of the Press

The Lady Lies

The Virginian

 

1930      

Abraham Lincoln

The Bad Man

The Virtuous Sin

 

1931      

The Criminal Code

The Star Witness

The Ruling Voice

A House Divided

 

1932      

The Woman from Monte Carlo

The Beast of the City

Law and Order

The Wet Parade

Night Court

American Madness

Kongo

Rain

 

1933      

Gabriel Over the White House

Hell Below

Ann Vickers

Storm at Daybreak

The Prizefighter and the Lady

 

1934      

Keep ‘Em Rolling

 

1935      

Trans-Atlantic Tunnel

 

1936      

Rhodes of Africa

Dodsworth

 

1938      

Of Human Hearts

 

1939      

The Light That Failed

 

1941      

The Maltese Falcon

The Devil and Daniel Webster

Swamp Water

The Shanghai Gesture

 

1942      

Always In My Heart

In This Our Life

Yankee Doodle Dandy

 

1943      

The Outlaw

Edge of Darkness

Mission to Moscow

The North Star

December 7th

 

1944      

Dragon Seed

 

1945      

And Then There Were None

 

1946      

Dragonwyck

Duel in the Sun

 

1948      

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Summer Holiday

 

1949      

The Great Sinner

 

1950      

The Furies

Awards

Walter Huston was nominated for two Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards

  • Dodsworth (1936)
  • All That Money Can Buy (1941)

He was also nominated for two Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Awards and won one.

Many years ago… many, many years ago, I brought up a boy, and I said to him, ‘Son, if you ever become a writer, try to write a good part for your old man sometime.’ Well, by cracky, that’s what he did!  ~Walter Huston

Walter Huston was born in Toronto, Ontario on April 5, 1883 He was the son of Elizabeth (née McGibbon) and Robert Moore Huston. He had a brother and two sisters, one of whom was the theatrical voice coach Margaret Carrington (1877–1941).

As a young man, he worked in construction and in his spare time attended the Shaw School of Acting. He made his stage debut in 1902. He went on to tour in In Convict Stripes, a play by Hal Reid, father of Wallace Reid and also appeared with Richard Mansfield in Julius Caesar. He again toured in another play The Sign of the Cross. In 1904, he married Rhea Gore (1882–1938) and gave up acting to work as a manager of electric power stations in Nevada, Missouri. He maintained these jobs until 1909.

In 1909, his marriage foundering, he appeared with an older actress named Bayonne Whipple (1865–1937). They were billed as Whipple and Huston and, in 1915, they married. Vaudeville was their livelihood into the 1920s.

Huston began his Broadway career on January 22, 1924. He appeared in a play, Mr. Pitt. Several more Broadway plays solidified his fame, e.g., Desire Under the Elms, Kongo, The Barker, Elmer the Great and Dodsworth.