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Walter Huston, Award Winner


Walter Huston: Best
Supporting Actor 1948:

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Drama)

Walter Huston won his Supporting Oscar for playing Howard, the grizzly old-time gold prospector.

About Walter Huston (1884 – 1950)

Born in Canada Walter Huston became a hit on Broadway and in Hollywood in the 1920s after many years as an engineer and a struggling actor, in spite of his battles with stage fright. Walter Huston spent 15 years in vaudeville. Huston became a popular character actor in talkies in the '30s and '40s.

Walter Huston plays the male lead in Dodsworth, a 1936 movie in which a second honeymoon is the occasion for the disintegration of the marriage of a retired automobile magnet and his socialite wife. Huston was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal in the popular film which was nominated for 7 Oscars.

He played in the 1942 bio pic, Yankee Doodle Dandy, about the life of composer/playwright George M. Cohan, a popular movie which won 3 Oscars. Walter Huston was nominated for an Oscar, for his supporting role. In 1945, in the Agatha Christie thriller, And Then There Were None, he plays a sleazy doctor and one of the guests at a remote island party of 10, which number soon begins to dwindle as the story progresses.

He plays a loopy, old timer prospector who leads two prospectors, who are down on their luck, to gold, more hard luck and a rats nest of greed in the 1948 gritty, black and white film, Treasure of Sierra Madre. Huston won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film. Walter Huston's son, Director/Screenwriter John Huston also won in Best Director and Best Screenplay for the movie. During Walter Huston's acceptance speech for the Oscar, he quipped, "Many years ago.... Many, many years ago, I brought up a boy, and I said to him, 'Son, if you ever become a writer, try to write a good part for your old man sometime.' Well, by cracky, that's what he did!"

walter-houston-photoFather of director/actor John Huston. Walter Huston had small roles in John's first two films: The Maltese Falcon and In This Our Life.

Walter Huston's other nominations (Best Actor) were for:

Dodsworth (1936)
All That Money Can Buy (1941)

Walter Huston's other notable movie credits include...

The Virginian (1929)
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Star Witness (1931)
A Woman From Monte Carlo (1932)
Law And Order (1932)
Night Court (1932)
American Madness (1932)
Rain (1932)
Rhodes of Africa (1936)
swamp water (1941)
mission to Moscow (1943)
the outlaw (1943)
and then there were none (1945)
duel in the sun (1946)
summer holiday (1948)
The Furies (1950)



Walter Huston in And Then There Were None (1945).


Walter Huston in The Treasure of Sierra Madre.