Walter Huston Overview:

Legendary actor, Walter Huston, was born Walter Houghston on Apr 5, 1883 in Toronto, Canada. Huston died at the age of 67 on Apr 7, 1950 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Belmont Memorial Park Cemetery in Fresno, CA.


Tall, dark, stiff-legged, authoritative, fascinating Canadian-born actor whose character studies dominated the films he made in Hollywood when he came from Broadway in the late 1920s. Later played old-timers, as one of which (in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) he won a belated Academy Award (having been nominated for All That Money Can Buy, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and Dodsworth). Father of John Huston. Died from an aneurysm.

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Walter Huston was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (as Howard) in 1948.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best ActorDodsworth (1936)Sam DodsworthNominated
1941Best ActorThe Devil and Daniel Webster (aka All That Money Can Buy) (1941)Mr. ScratchNominated
1942Best Supporting ActorYankee Doodle Dandy (1942)Jerry CohanNominated
1948Best Supporting ActorThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)HowardWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Walter Huston Quotes:

The Sinkiller: I don't really know much about Sam Pierce, oh Lord, but from what I hear, he'd be needing no introduction to you. Seeing how Sam was snatched from his loved ones' arms before they even had time to get a good grip on hm, I'm counting on you to give him a better break up yonder.

Freddie: What I can't figure out if they're protecting us or watching us.
Ambassador Joseph E. Davies: Maybe a little of both.

Sam Dodsworth: You'll have to stop getting younger someday.

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The Canadian-born Huston played Uncle Sam, the personification of the United States, was born in Canada, in John Ford and Gregg Toland's Oscar-winning documentary short December 7th (1943).

By his own admission not much of a singer, Huston introduced the American pop music standard "September Song" in the 1938 Broadway show "Knickerbocker Holiday." His recording of the Kurt Weill-Maxwell Anderson song was a best-seller that year on the Brunswick label. Regrettably, when the film Knickerbocker Holiday (1944) was made three years later, Huston's role went to Charles Coburn, who, nevertheless, sang the song in the film, one of the few songs retained from the show. The film, long unseen, occasionally turns up now on American Movie Classics.

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