|Walter Huston Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||April 5, 1883|
|Date of Death||April 7, 1950|
Walter Huston was a Canadian actor and singer who began his career as a Vaudeville star and later found fame in Hollywood with such films as The Virginian (1929), Abraham Lincoln (1930), Rain (1932), Gabriel Over the White House (1933), The Furies (1950), etc. Moreover, he became an Academy Award-winning actor (in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category) after his son John directed him in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
Walter Thomas Huston
He was born on April 5, 1883.
Walter passed away at the age of 67 years from an aortic aneurysm in Beverly Hills, California on April 7, 1950.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Father – Robert Moore Huston (Farmer, Owner of a Construction Company)
- Mother – Elizabeth McGibbon
- Siblings – He had 1 brother and 2 sisters including Margaret Carrington (Older Sister) (Theatrical Voice Coach)
- Others – Anjelica Huston (Granddaughter) (Actress, Director), Danny Huston (Grandson) (Actor, Director, Screenwriter), Tony Huston (Grandson) (Actor, Writer, Assistant Director), Jack Huston (Great Grandson) (Actor)
Popular Music, Musical Theater
6 ft or 183 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Walter Huston had dated –
- Rhea Gore (1903-1909) – His first marriage was to Rhea Gore and it lasted from December 31, 1904, until February 1909. Their marriage produced a son named John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987). John grew up to become one of the most distinguished filmmakers in Hollywood.
- Bayonne Whipple (1914-1931) – Huston wed actress Bayonne Whipple, with whom he performed extensively, in 1915. However, they got divorced after 16 years together on October 14, 1931.
- Kay Francis (1929-1930)
- Ninetta Sunderland (1931-1950) – Ninetta Sunderland and Walter were married for 20 years from 1931 until his death on April 7, 1950.
Race / Ethnicity
He was of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Scottish descent.
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.
Walter Huston Facts
- He was directed by his son John Huston in 3 movies: The Maltese Falcon (1941), In This Our Life (1942), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
- Huston’s family comprises 3 generations of Academy Award winners: Walter, his son John Huston, and his granddaughter Anjelica Huston. The only other family to achieve this distinction are the Coppolas – Carmine Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, and Nicolas Cage.
- Huston, who was Canadian by birth, played the universal symbol of the United States known as Uncle Sam in the Oscar-winning documentary short, December 7th (1943).
- In 1949, Walter and his son John became the first father-son duo to win the Academy Award in the same year and, that too, for the same film. While Walter won in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category, John took home the ‘Best Director’ prize for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
- His last film was the 1950s Western called The Furies alongside Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey. The final line that he uttered in the film was “There will never be another one like me”.
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Huston was closer to 170 pounds.