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Edward Everett Horton

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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Born:
Mar 18, 1886 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
91
First Appeared:
In the movie The Man Who Fights Alone 1924-09-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender 1997-11-01
Known For
Poster of Soldiers of the King

Edward Everett Horton Movies Filmography

Movie
The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie
Cold Turkey
Hiram C. Grayson 1971-02-19
Movie
2000 Years Later
Evermore 1969-03-11
Movie
The Perils of Pauline
Caspar Coleman 1967-08-02
Series
Batman
Unknown 1966-01-12
Movie
Sex and the Single Girl
The Chief 1964-12-25
Movie
One Got Fat
Narrator (voice) 1963-12-01
Movie
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Mr. Dinckler 1963-11-07
Movie
Pocketful of Miracles
Hutchins 1961-12-18
Series
Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends
1961-09-24
Series
Dennis the Menace
Unknown 1959-10-04
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Series
I Love Lucy
Unknown 1951-10-15
Series
The Colgate Comedy Hour
Unknown 1950-09-10
Series
The Philco Television Playhouse
Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie
Her Husband's Affairs
J.B. Cruikshank 1947-11-12
Movie
Down to Earth
Messenger 7013 1947-08-21
Movie
The Ghost Goes Wild
Eric 1947-08-08
Movie
Earl Carroll Sketchbook
Dr. Milo Edwards 1946-08-22
Movie
Cinderella Jones
Keating 1946-03-09
Movie
Lady on a Train
Mr. Haskell 1945-08-03
Movie
Steppin' in Society
Judge Avery Webster 1945-07-09
Movie
Summer Storm
Count Alexander Volsky 1944-07-14
Movie
San Diego I Love You
Philip McCooley 1944-09-29
Movie
Brazil
Everett St. John Everett 1944-11-30
Movie
Arsenic and Old Lace
Mr. Witherspoon 1944-09-01
Movie
The Gang's All Here
Peyton Potter 1943-12-24
Movie
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Farnsworth 1943-09-25
Movie
Forever and a Day
Anthony Trimble-Pomfret 1943-01-21
Movie
Springtime in the Rockies
McTavish 1942-11-06
Movie
I Married an Angel
Peter 1942-07-09
Movie
The Magnificent Dope
Horace Hunter 1942-07-01
Movie
Sunny
Henry Bates 1941-05-30
Movie
Ziegfeld Girl
Noble Sage 1941-04-25
Movie
Bachelor Daddy
Joseph Smith 1941-06-04
Movie
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Messenger 7013 1941-08-07
Movie
The Body Disappears
Professor Shotesbury 1941-12-06
Movie
Weekend for Three
Fred Stonebraker 1941-12-12
Movie
That's Right - You're Wrong
Tom Village 1939-11-24
Movie
Paris Honeymoon
Ernest Figg 1939-01-27
Movie
Little Tough Guys in Society
Oliver 1938-11-01
Movie
Holiday
Professor Nick Potter 1938-06-15
Movie
College Swing
Hubert Dash 1938-04-29
Movie
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
The Marquis De Loiselle 1938-03-25
Movie
Shall We Dance
Jeffrey Baird 1937-05-07
Movie
Lost Horizon
Alexander P. " Lovey " Lovett 1937-03-03
Movie
The King and the Chorus Girl
Count Humbert Evel Bruger 1937-03-27
Movie
The Great Garrick
Tubby 1937-10-30
Movie
Wild Money
P.E. Dodd 1937-07-09
Movie
Hitting a New High
Lucius B. Blynn 1937-12-24
Movie
Danger - Love at Work
Howard Rogers 1937-09-30
Movie
Angel
Graham 1937-10-29
Movie
The Singing Kid
Davenport Rogers 1936-04-10
Movie
The Man in the Mirror
Jeremy Dilke 1936-10-15
Movie
Going Highbrow
Augie Winterspoon 1935-08-23
Movie
Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Leander 'Bunny' Nolan 1935-01-04
Movie
The Night Is Young
Baron Szereny 1935-01-11
Movie
Top Hat
Horace Hardwick 1935-08-29
Movie
Little Big Shot
Mortimer Thompson 1935-09-07
Movie
Things You Never See on the Screen
Himself 1935-12-01
Movie
Your Uncle Dudley
Dudley Dixon 1935-12-13
Movie
The Devil Is a Woman
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito' 1935-05-03
Movie
The Merry Widow
Ambassador Popoff 1934-11-02
Movie
The Gay Divorcee
Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald 1934-10-12
Movie
Ladies Should Listen
Paul Vernet 1934-08-10
Movie
Kiss and Make-Up
Marcel Caron 1934-07-13
Movie
Smarty
Vernon 1934-05-19
Movie
Easy to Love
Eric 1934-01-13
Movie
A Bedtime Story
Victor Dubois 1933-04-22
Movie
Soldiers of the King
Sebastian Marvello 1933-03-26
Movie
Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter 1933-12-22
Movie
Design for Living
Max Plunkett 1933-12-29
Movie
It's a Boy
Dudley Leake 1933-06-06
Movie
Trouble in Paradise
Fran├žois Filiba 1932-10-30
Movie
Roar of the Dragon
Busby 1932-07-08
Movie
But the Flesh Is Weak
Sir George Kelvin 1932-04-09
Movie
The Age for Love
Horace Keats 1931-10-17
Movie
Smart Woman
Billy Ross 1931-09-12
Movie
Six Cylinder Love
Monty Winston 1931-05-10
Movie
The Front Page
Bensinger 1931-04-04
Movie
Kiss Me Again
Rene 1931-02-23
Movie
Wide Open
Simon Haldane 1930-02-01
Movie
Reaching for the Moon
Roger, the Valet 1930-12-29
Movie
Holiday
Nick Potter 1930-07-03
Movie
The Terror
Ferdinand Fane 1928-09-06
Movie
Dad's Choice
1928-01-07
Movie
Poker Faces
Jimmy Whitmore 1926-09-05
Movie
La Bohème
Benoit - Janitor 1926-03-13
Movie
Beggar on Horseback
Neil McRae 1925-06-05
Movie
Helen's Babies
Uncle Harry 1924-10-11
Movie
The Man Who Fights Alone
Bob Alten 1924-09-15