John Houseman Overview:

Legendary producer, John Houseman, was born Jacques Haussmann on Sep 22, 1902 in Bucharest, Romania. Houseman died at the age of 86 on Oct 31, 1988 in Malibu, CA .



John Houseman was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for The Paper Chase (as Professor Kingsfield) in 1973.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1973Best Supporting ActorThe Paper Chase (1973)Professor KingsfieldWon

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Former acting teacher of Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve.

Formerly a close friend and collaborator of Orson Welles during their theater days, they had two fallings-out as Welles began his screen career. Welles originally planned to make his screen debut with an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, starring himself as Kurtz. Many production factors failed to fall into place by the start-of-shooting deadline that had been set by RKO Pictures, and RKO executives declared they would not pay the cast if no progress were made by December 31, 1941. Welles offered to pay the cast himself if that happened. Houseman told him during a studio dinner that their business did not have enough money to pay them all. Welles called him a bloodsucker and crook. Houseman began to leave, and Welles starting throwing dinnerware at him. The two later reconciled during the writing of Citizen Kane, when Welles asked Houseman to "babysit" Herman J. Mankiewicz, meaning to keep him from drinking too much. After Mankeweicz delivered his script, Welles made a few changes before going into production. Welles later publicly claimed to have substantially re-written the script. Houseman, based on having been with Mankeweicz during the writing, publicly disagreed, that most of the credit belonged to Mankeweicz, with

He and Orson Welles were the founders of the famous Mercury Theatre Players.

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