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: Under that heathen blanket, there's a full-blossomed woman built by the devil to drive men crazy.

Sam Dodsworth: Love has got to stop some place short of suicide.

Mark Brady: [Referring to the State's Attorney after he's left the room] Fathead!
[He takes a cigar]
Mark Brady: Fathead!

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Rose to stardom in the original Provincetown Players' production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms (1958), which debuted at the Greenwich Village Theater (7th Ave. near Christopher St., New York, NY) on November 11, 1924, before transferring to Broadway. To the end of his life, O'Neill - the only American playwright to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - maintained that Huston's performance as Ephraim Cabot in that play was the greatest performance by any actor in any of his works.

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.

A "wet," he spent the night of April 6, 1933 - the day when Prohibition was set to expire at midnight - at the Los Angeles Brewing Co. with fellow movie star Jean Harlow. A maker of "near-beer" and de-natured alcohol (the alcohol was subtracted from the full-strength beer the company continued to brew during Prohibition, but could not legally market), the company was ready to immediately get back into the market for strong waters. Skipping the denaturing process, Los Angeles Brewing whipped up a huge consignment of the genuine stuff (to be marketed as Eastside beer and ale in bottles and kegs), which was loaded onto trucks parked at the brewery, ready to roll the day when suds could be shipped legally. Two treasury agents and many guards were there that night in the company parking lot, to ensure things went smoothly, safely and legally. At 12:01 AM at the dawning of the new day of April 7, 1933, when the sale and consumption of intoxicating beverages was once again legal (if not a constitutional right) in the United States, Huston gave a short speech and Harlow broke a bottle of beer over the first truck lined up and ready to deliver its legal load of liquid refreshment, thus christening the reborn brewery. The trucks rolled out, many staffed with armed guards riding shotgun lest the thirsty multitude get too frisky along

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