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Edward Everett Horton (1886–1970)

It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a compositor for the NY Times. His maternal grandparents were... See full bio »

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 1971 Cold Turkey
Hiram C. Grayson
 1970 The Governor & J.J. (TV Series)
Doc Simon
- File Safe (1970) ... Doc Simon
- The Return of Doctor Livingston (1970) ... Doc Simon
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Professor Clarendon
- Strictly for the Birds (1970) ... Professor Clarendon
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Elmo (segment "Love and Las Vegas")
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Philip Armistead
- Island of Gold and Precious Stones (1970) ... Philip Armistead
 1969 2000 Years Later
 1969 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)
Lord Pelham-Gifford
- A Matter of Grey Matter: Part 1 (1969) ... Lord Pelham-Gifford
 1967 The Perils of Pauline
Caspar Coleman
 1965 Camp Runamuck (TV Series)
Henry Saunders
- Spiffy Quits: Part 2 (1965) ... Henry Saunders
 1963-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Wilbur Starlington / Grover Leander Smith
- Who Killed Hamlet? (1965) ... Wilbur Starlington
- Who Killed Eleanora Davis? (1963) ... Grover Leander Smith
 1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Charles Marks / Chief Wampum
- For Me and My Sal (1965) ... Charles Marks
- All Right, Louie, Drop That Blue Pencil (1965) ... Charles Marks
- The Sweet Smell of Wampum (1965) ... Chief Wampum
 1965 The Cara Williams Show (TV Series)
- How to Be Happy Though Married (1965) ... Fenwick
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl
The Chief
 1964 Hoppity Hooper (TV Series)
Narrator for 'Fractured Fairy Tales' (voice)
 1963 Our Man Higgins (TV Series)
- Who's on First? (1963) ... Rawley
 1962-1963 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Uncle Ned Matthews
- My Uncle Ned (1963) ... Uncle Ned Matthews
- Dennis' Lovesick Friend (1962) ... Uncle Ned Matthews
- Mr. Wilson's Uncle (1962) ... Uncle Ned Matthews
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Mr. Hollister
- A Night of Horns and Bells (1962) ... Mr. Hollister
 1962 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Senator Crabtree
- The Senator Baits a Hook (1962) ... Senator Crabtree
 1957-1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Muggsy / Sir Alfred Hangeron / Alfred
- Freddie, Willing, and Able (1962) ... Muggsy
- Freddie in Las Vegas (1960) ... Muggsy
- Munson's Red Herring or Freddie and the Spies (1959) ... Sir Alfred Hangeron
- Freddie's Thanksgiving (1957) ... Muggsy
- Freddie's Surprise Party (1957) ... Alfred
 1961 Pocketful of Miracles
 1959-1961 Rocky and His Friends (TV Series)
Fractured Fairy Tales narrator
- Boris Makes His Move or The Mice Man Cometh/Big Cheese Boris or I'd Rather Be Rat (1961) ... Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (voice)
- Knock on Wood or Bullwinkle Takes the Rap/A Knock for the Rock or The Lamp Is Low (1961) ... Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (voice)
- Metal-Eating Mice/Bullwinkle Bites Back! or Nothing But the Tooth (1961) ... Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (voice)
- Battle of the Giants or It Takes Two to Tangle/Bye Bye Boris or Farewell My Ugly (1961) ... Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (voice)
 1960 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mr. Medwick
- Teenage Wedding (1960) ... Mr. Medwick
 1956-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Pim
- Town in Turmoil (1958)
- Mr. Pim Passes By (1957) ... Mr. Pim
- The Egoist (1956)
 1957 December Bride (TV Series)
- The Butler Show (1957)
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Carver
 1957 The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show (TV Series)
Storyteller (segment: 'The Unenchanted Princess')
- The Unenchanted Princess/Dusty of the Circus in the Five-Cent Nickel/Be Quiet, Kind and Gentle (1957) ... Storyteller (segment: 'The Unenchanted Princess')
 1956 Saturday Spectacular: Manhattan Tower (TV Movie)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mr. Parkinson
- The Muse and Mr. Parkinson (1956) ... Mr. Parkinson
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Ed Hoffman
- Time Out for Ginger (1955) ... Ed Hoffman
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- A Light in France (1955) ... Thaddeus
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1952-1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Dudley / Walter Burns
- Your Uncle Dudley (1953) ... Uncle Dudley
- The Night-Cap (1952)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actor
- Episode #4.3 (1953) ... Guest Actor
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Mr. Ritter
- Lucy Plays Cupid (1952) ... Mr. Ritter
 1950 The Magnavox Theater (TV Series)
 1950 Don Ameche's Musical Playhouse (TV Series)
Hotel Manager (I950))
 1948-1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Sham (1948)
 1947 Her Husband's Affairs
J.B. Cruikshank
 1947 The Ghost Goes Wild
 1946 Earl Carroll Sketchbook
Dr. Milo Edwards
 1946 Faithful in My Fashion
Hiram Dilworthy
 1946 Cinderella Jones
 1945 Lady on a Train
Mr. Haskell
 1945 Steppin' in Society
Judge Avery Webster
 1944 The Town Went Wild
Everett Conway
 1944 Brazil
Everett St. John Everett
 1944 San Diego I Love You
Philip McCooley
 1944 Her Primitive Man
 1943 The Gang's All Here
Peyton Potter
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
 1943 Forever and a Day
Sir Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
 1942 I Married an Angel
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Horace Hunter
 1941 The Body Disappears
Professor Shotesbury
 1941 Weekend for Three
 1941 Bachelor Daddy
Joseph Smith
 1941 Sunny
Henry Bates
 1941 Ziegfeld Girl
Noble Sage
 1941 You're the One
Death Valley Joe Frink
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong
Tom Village - a Screenwriter
 1939 The Amazing Mr. Forrest
 1939 Paris Honeymoon
Ernest Figg
 1938 College Swing
Hubert Dash
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
The Marquis De Loiselle
 1937 Hitting a New High
Lucius B. Blynn
 1937 The Great Garrick
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Mr. Grattan
 1937 Angel
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
Howard Rogers
 1937 Wild Money
P.E. Dodd
 1937 Shall We Dance
Jeffrey Baird
 1937 Oh, Doctor
Edward J. Billop
 1937 The King and the Chorus Girl
Count Humbert Evel Bruger
 1936 Let's Make a Million
Harrison Gentry
 1936 The Man in the Mirror
Jeremy Dilke
 1936 Hearts Divided
 1936 The Singing Kid
Davenport Rogers
 1936 Her Master's Voice
Ned Farrar
 1935 Your Uncle Dudley
Dudley Dixon
 1935 His Night Out
Homer B. Bitts
 1935 Little Big Shot
 1935 The Private Secretary
Rev. Robert Spalding
 1935 Going Highbrow
 1935 In Caliente
Harold Brandon
 1935 All the King's Horses
Count Josef 'Peppi' von Schlapstaat
 1935 The Night Is Young
Baron Szereny
 1934 The Gay Divorcee
Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald
 1934 Ladies Should Listen
Paul Vernet
 1934 Kiss and Make-Up
Marcel Caron
 1934 Smarty
 1934 Sing and Like It
Adam Frink - Producer
 1934 Uncertain Lady
Elliot Crane
 1934 Success at Any Price
 1934 The Poor Rich
Albert Stuyvesant Spottiswood
 1934 Easy to Love
 1933 Design for Living
Max Plunkett
 1933 The Way to Love
Prof. Gaston Bibi
 1933 It's a Boy
Dudley Leake
 1933 The Woman in Command
Sebastian Marvello
 1932 Trouble in Paradise
François Filiba
 1932 -But the Flesh Is Weak
Sir George Kelvin
 1931 The Great Junction Hotel (Short)
The Groom
 1931 The Age for Love
Horace Keats
 1931 Smart Woman
Billy Ross
 1931 6 Cylinder Love
Monty Winston
 1931 Lonely Wives
Richard 'Dickie' Smith / Felix, the Great Zero
 1931 Kiss Me Again
 1930 Reaching for the Moon
Roger - the Valet
 1930 Once a Gentleman
 1930 Wide Open
Simon Haldane
 1930 Take the Heir
 1929 The Aviator
Robert Street
 1929 Good Medicine (Short)
 1929 The Sap
The Sap
 1929 Prince Gabby (Short)
 1929 Trusting Wives (Short)
 1929 The Right Bed (Short)
 1929/I Sonny Boy
Crandall Thorpe
 1929 Ask Dad (Short)
 1929 The Eligible Mr. Bangs (Short)
Mr. Bangs
 1928 Call Again (Short)
 1928 Vacation Waves (Short)
Eddie Davis
 1928 Scrambled Weddings (Short)
 1928 Horse Shy (Short)
Eddie Hamilton
 1928 Miss Information (Short)
The Firm's Representative
 1928 Behind the Counter (Short)
 1928 Dad's Choice (Short)
 1927 Find the King (Short)
 1927 No Publicity (Short)
 1927 Taxi! Taxi!
Peter Whitby
 1926 The Nutcracker (Short)
Horatio Slipaway
 1925 The Business of Love
Edward Burgess
 1925 Marry Me
John Smith #2
 1924 Helen's Babies
Uncle Harry
 1924 The Man Who Fights Alone
Bob Alten
 1924 Try and Get It
Glenn Collins (as Edward Horton)
 1924 Flapper Wives
Vincent Platt (as Edward Horton)
 1923 To the Ladies
Leonard Beebe (as Edward Horton)
 1923 Ruggles of Red Gap
Ruggles (as Edward Horton)
 1922 A Front Page Story
Rodney Marvin (as Edward Horton)
 1922 The Ladder Jinx
Arthur Barnes (as Edward Horton)
 1922 Too Much Business
John Henry Jackson (as Edward Horton)
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Stage Play: The Cheater. Written by Wilhelm Jacoby and Arthur Lipshitz. Book adapted by Louis Mann. Directed by Louis Mann. Lyric Theatre: 29 Jun 1910- Sep 1910 (closing date unknown/78 performances). Cast: John Bunny, Ethel Conroy, Mathilde Cottrelly, Edward Everett Horton [credited as Edward Horton] (Broadway debut), DeWitt Jennings, E.H... See more »

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[on Rita Hayworth] She was so sweet and hard-working. She asked me to watch her work out her dance routines and go over her lines with her. I'd tell her little things and she'd whisper, "Don't tell the director, please." She was so modest and affectionate. See more »


His father, Edward Everett Horton, Sr., had English and German ancestry, and his mother, Isabella S. (Diack), was born in Matanzas, Cuba, to Scottish parents. He was the eldest of four children; George, Winter Davis, and Hannahbelle were his siblings. The family remained close throughout their lives. Edward's mother lived with him until she died at the age of 101. His brothers and sister also ... See more »


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