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John Houseman (I) (1902–1988)

Academy Award-winning actor John Houseman's main contribution to American culture was not his own performances on film but rather, his role as a midwife to one of the greatest actor-directors-cinematic geniuses his adopted country ever produced (Orson Welles) and as a midwife to a whole generation of actors as head of the drama division of the ... See full bio »

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 1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Driving Instructor (uncredited)
 1988 Another Woman
Marion's Father
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Mr. Vogel
 1988 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. Winfield Scott
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Geoffrey Allison
- Part III (1988) ... Sir Geoffrey Allison (credit only)
- Part II (1988) ... Sir Geoffrey Allison (credit only)
- Part I (1988) ... Sir Geoffrey Allison (credit only)
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 5 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 4 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 3 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 2 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 1 (1985) ... Gamaliel
 1983 A Rose for Emily (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Network Newscaster
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1983) ... Network Newscaster
 1982 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Benjamin Franklin
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
Patriarch of Aquileia
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Patriarch of Aquileia
 1982 Murder by Phone
Stanley Markowitz
 1982 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
 1981 Ghost Story
Sears James
 1980 A Christmas Without Snow (TV Movie)
Ephraim Adams
 1980 The Babysitter (TV Movie)
Dr. Lindquist
 1980 My Bodyguard
 1980 Wholly Moses!
The Archangel
 1980 Gideon's Trumpet (TV Movie)
Chief Justice / Offscreen Narrator
 1980 The Associates (TV Series)
Professor Kingsfield
- Eliot's Revenge (1980) ... Professor Kingsfield
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Archady Clemens
 1979 The Last Convertible (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Wetherell
 1979 Old Boyfriends
Doctor Hoffman
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini-Series)
Joseph Merrill Drummond
- Aspen: Chapter 1 (1977) ... Joseph Merrill Drummond
- Aspen: Chapter II (1977) ... Joseph Merrill Drummond
 1977 The Best of Families (TV Mini-Series)
 1977 Washington: Behind Closed Doors (TV Mini-Series)
Myron Dunn
- Part 6 (1977) ... Myron Dunn
- Part 5 (1977) ... Myron Dunn
- Part 4 (1977) ... Myron Dunn
- Part 3 (1977) ... Myron Dunn
- Part 2 (1977) ... Myron Dunn (credit only)
 1977 Our Town (TV Movie)
Prof. Willard (scenes deleted)
 1977 The Displaced Person (TV Movie)
Father Flynn
 1976 St. Ives
Abner Procane
 1976 Hazard's People (TV Movie)
John Hazard
 1976 The Adams Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Justice Gridley
- Chapter I: John Adams, Lawyer (1976) ... Justice Gridley
 1975 Fear on Trial (TV Movie)
Mike Collins
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Duelist / Keystone Kop
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Stage Play: Turpentine. Written by J.A. Smith and Peter Morell. Scenic Design by Manuel Essman. Directed by Emjo Basshe and Augustus Smith. Lafayette Theatre: 26 Jun 1936- Aug 1936 (closing date unknown/62 performances). Cast: Alonzo Bozan, Estelle Hemsley, Thurman Jackson, John D. Johnson, Bertram Miller, Thomas Moseley, Alberta Perkins, ... See more »

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[on Robert Ryan] A disturbing mixture of anger and tenderness who had reached stardom by playing mostly brutal, neurotic roles that were at complete variance with his true nature.


One of his films as a producer was Julius Caesar (1953), which was the first American film for John Gielgud. Gielgud would later turn down the role for which Houseman won an Oscar, The Paper Chase (1973). However, Gielgud did succeed Houseman in The Winds of War (1983) sequel, _'War and Remembrance (1988)'. See more »



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