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Edward Everett Horton

Edward Everett Horton

  • Born on
    • March 18th, 1886
  • Died on
    • September 29th, 1970
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edward Everett Horton Jr. (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons. Horton began his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), but he portrayed the lead role of an idealistic young classical composer in the drama Beggar on Horseback (1925). In the late 1920s, he starred in two-reel silent comedies for Educational Pictures, and made the transition to talking pictures with Educational in 1929. As a stage-trained performer, he found more film work easily, and appeared in some of Warner Bros.' early talkies, including The Terror (1928) and Sonny Boy (1929). Horton initially used his given name, Edward Horton, professionally. His father persuaded him to adopt his full name professionally, reasoning that other actors might be named Edward Horton, but only one named Edward Everett Horton. Horton soon cultivated his own special variation of the time-honored double take (an actor's reaction to something, followed by a delayed, more extreme reaction). In Horton's version, he would smile ingratiatingly and nod in agreement with what just happened; then, when realization set in, his facial features collapsed entirely into a sober, troubled mask. Horton starred in many comedy features in the 1930s, usually playing a mousy fellow who put up with domestic or professional problems to a certain point, and then finally asserted himself for a happy ending. He is best known, however, for his work as a character actor in supporting roles. These include The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), Alice in Wonderland (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934, the first of several Astaire/Rogers films in which Horton appeared), Top Hat (1935), Danger - Love at Work (1937), Lost Horizon (1937), Holiday (1938), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Pocketful of Miracles (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and Sex and the Single Girl (1964). His last role was in the comedy film Cold Turkey (1971), in which his character communicated only through facial expressions.

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Filmography

Acting (35 Credits)

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1971Cold Turkey as Hiram C. Grayson
1964Sex and the Single Girl as The Chief
1963It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World as Mr. Dinckler
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Hutchins
1959The Bullwinkle Show as Various Narrators and Voices
1957The Story of Mankind as Sir Walter Raleigh
1947Down to Earth as Messenger 7013
1945Lady on a Train as Mr. Haskell
1944Summer Storm as Count Alexander Volsky
1943Arsenic and Old Lace as Mr. Witherspoon
1943The Gang's All Here as Peyton Potter
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Farnsworth
1943Forever and a Day as Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
1942I Married an Angel as Peter
1942Springtime in the Rockies as McTavish
1941Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Messenger 7013
1941Ziegfeld Girl as Noble Sage
1938Bluebeard's Eighth Wife as Marquis De Loiselle
1938Holiday as Professor Nick Potter
1937Lost Horizon as Alexander P. " Lovey " Lovett
1937Shall We Dance as Jeffrey Baird
1937The Great Garrick as Tubby
1937Angel as Graham
1936Hearts Divided as John
1935The Devil Is a Woman as Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
1935Top Hat as Horace Hardwick
1934The Merry Widow as Ambassador Popoff
1934The Gay Divorcee as Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald
1934Kiss and Make-Up as Marcel Caron
1933Design for Living as Max Plunkett
1933Alice in Wonderland as Mad Hatter
1932Trouble in Paradise as François Filiba
1931The Front Page as Bensinger
1930Holiday as Nick Potter
1926La Bohème as Benoit - Janitor

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