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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Paper Chase
The Paper Chase Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
(1978-1986)
The Fog
The Fog Mr. Machen
(1980)
Rollerball
Rollerball Bartholomew
(1975)
Three Days of the Condor
(1975)

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 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)
Gamaliel
- Part 5 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 4 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 3 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 2 (1985) ... Gamaliel
- Part 1 (1985) ... Gamaliel
 1983 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Benjamin Franklin
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Network Newscaster
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1983) ... Network Newscaster
 1982 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
Patriarch of Aquileia
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Patriarch of Aquileia
 1982 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Milt
 1980 A Christmas Without Snow (TV Movie)
Ephraim Adams
 1980 The Babysitter (TV Movie)
Dr. Lindquist
 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
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Dr. Archady Clemens
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Dr. Archady Clemens
- Episode #1.3 ... Dr. Archady Clemens
 1979 The Last Convertible (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Wetherell
- Part 2 (1979) ... Dr. Wetherell
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Dr. Wetherell
- The Last Convertible (1979) ... Dr. Wetherell
 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)
Host
 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 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
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Devil and Daniel Webster. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 5 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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.

Trivia:

During his teaching days at Julliard, one of his students was Robin Williams, whom Houseman admired. The actor later advised the future comedian that he should quit Julliard since he was wasting his talent, and strike out on his own as a comedian which Williams soon did. See more »

Nickname:

Jack

Star Sign:

Virgo

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