|Walter Pidgeon Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 2¼ in|
|Date of Birth||September 23, 1897|
|Date of Death||September 25, 1984|
Walter Pidgeon was an Oscar-nominated Canadian-American actor whose most notable film credits include Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie (1943), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Funny Girl (1968), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), Executive Suite (1954), Harry in Your Pocket (1973), Advise & Consent (1962), etc.
Walter Davis Pidgeon
He was born on September 23, 1897.
After experiencing a series of strokes, he passed away on September 25, 1984, at the age of 87 years in California.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
- Father – Caleb Pidgeon (Haberdasher)
- Mother – Hannah Sanborn (Housewife)
6 ft 2¼ in or 188.5 cm
89 kg or 196 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Walter Pidgeon had dated –
- Ruth Weston
- Mildred Shay
- Edna Muriel Pickles (1919-1921) – The Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) actor married Edna Muriel Pickles in 1919. Sadly, she passed away while giving birth to their only child, a daughter named Edna Pidgeon in 1921.
- Ruth Walker (1930-1984) – He tied the knot with Ruth Walker, who was his secretary, on December 12, 1931. The couple did not have any children together but were happily married for more than 52 years until Walter’s passing in 1984.
Race / Ethnicity
However, his hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of his death.
- Widow’s peak
- Towering height
Walter Pidgeon Facts
- He is part of a small group of Canadian actors who have been nominated for the ‘Best Actor’ Academy Award. Joining him in the group, as of 2023, are Raymond Massey, Ryan Gosling, Walter Huston, Alexander Knox, and Brendan Fraser. Out of them all, Fraser (American-born Canadian) is the only one to win in that category.
- Pidgeon was notorious for forgetting people’s names and, in such instances, he would resort to calling them ‘Joe’.
- After his death in 1984, his body was donated to the UCLA Medical School in Los Angeles.
- Walter shared a long collaboration with actress Greer Garson, playing her husband in 7 films: Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), Julia Misbehaves (1948), The Miniver Story (1950), and Scandal at Scourie (1953).
- He served as the 10th President of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1952 until 1957. Interestingly enough, he took over the position from fellow actor Ronald Reagan, who went on to become the 40th American President (1981-1989).
- Walter starred in 2 films that won the ‘Best Picture’ Academy Award consecutively: How Green Was My Valley (1941) and Mrs. Miniver (1942). Furthermore, he appeared in 3 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-nominated films: Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Madame Curie (1943), and Funny Girl (1968).
- From his distinguished filmography, the Library of Congress has chosen 5 films to be included in the National Film Registry due to them being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant. They are as follows: How Green Was My Valley (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), Forbidden Planet (1956), and Funny Girl (1968).
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