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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)

Filmography

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 1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
Driving Instructor (uncredited)
 1988 Scrooged
John Houseman
 1988 Another Woman
Marion's Father
 1988 Bright Lights, Big City
Mr. Vogel
 1988 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. Winfield Scott
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Gen. Winfield Scott
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Gen. Winfield Scott
 1988 Noble House (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Geoffrey Allison
- Part IV (1988) ... 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)
 1982-1987 Silver Spoons (TV Series)
Grandpa Stratton
- Pardon My French (1987) ... Grandpa Stratton
- The Barbarians (1985) ... Grandpa Stratton
- One Strike and You're Out (1985) ... Grandpa Stratton
- The Great Baseball Card Scheme (1985) ... Grandpa Stratton
- Marry Me, Marry Me: Part 2 (1985) ... Grandpa Stratton
 1978-1986 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
- Graduation (1986) ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
- Suppressed Desires (1986) ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
- Honor (1986) ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
- Mistaken Identity (1986) ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
- A Wounded Hart (1986) ... Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
 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 A Rose for Emily (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1983 Freedom to Speak (TV Mini-Series)
Benjamin Franklin
 1983 The Winds of War (TV Mini-Series)
Aaron Jastrow
- Into the Maelstrom (1983) ... Aaron Jastrow
- The Changing of the Guard (1983) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Of Love and War (1983) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Defiance (1983) ... Aaron Jastrow
- Cataclysm (1983) ... Aaron Jastrow (credit only)
 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 Murder by Phone
Stanley Markowitz
 1982 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Milt
- Mork, Mindy, and Mearth Meet MILT (1982) ... Milt (voice)
 1981 Ghost Story
Sears James
 1980 A Christmas Without Snow (TV Movie)
Ephraim Adams
 1980 The Babysitter (TV Movie)
Dr. Lindquist
 1980 My Bodyguard
Dobbs
 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
 1980 The Fog
Mr. Machen
 1979 Old Boyfriends
Doctor Hoffman
 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
 1978 The Cheap Detective
Jasper Blubber
 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 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Judge Newell Chisholm
- Chapter VII (1976) ... Judge Newell Chisholm
- Chapter VI (1976) ... Judge Newell Chisholm
 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Dr. Franklin
- Kill Oscar: Part 3 (1976) ... Dr. Franklin
- Kill Oscar (1976) ... Dr. Franklin
 1976 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)
Doctor Franklin
- Kill Oscar: Part 2 (1976) ... Doctor Franklin
 1976 Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV Movie)
The Director
 1976 St. Ives
Abner Procane
 1976 Hazard's People (TV Movie)
John Hazard
 1976 Truman at Potsdam (TV Movie)
Winston Churchill
 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
 1975 Three Days of the Condor
Mr. Wabash
 1975 Great Performances (TV Series)
Dr. Fawcett
- Beyond the Horizon (1975) ... Dr. Fawcett
 1975 Rollerball
Bartholomew
 1973 The Paper Chase
Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.
 1964 Seven Days in May
Vice-Adm. Farley C. Barnswell (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Duelist / Keystone Kop
Show Show Producer (30 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Editorial department (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (38 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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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:

His hatred for former partner Orson Welles was notorious, and Houseman never passed up an opportunity to attack him, often on very personal grounds. He is known to have given a great deal of information, most of it false or misleading, to Pauline Kael for her much-criticized essay, "Raising Kane". However, he could never escape from Welles' shadow, and even managed to die on the 50th anniversary ... See more »

Nickname:

Jack

Star Sign:

Virgo

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