Edward Everett Horton
N/A (passed away Sep. 29th, 1970)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Edward Everett Horton's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1971 - Cold Turkey
1963 - It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
1961 - Pocketful of Miracles
1957 - The Story of Mankind
1945 - Lady on a Train
1944 - Arsenic and Old Lace
1943 - Thank Your Lucky Stars
1943 - Forever and a Day
1942 - Springtime in the Rockies
1942 - I Married an Angel
1941 - Ziegfeld Girl
1941 - Here Comes Mr. Jordan
1938 - Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
1938 - Holiday
1937 - Angel
1937 - Lost Horizon
1937 - Shall We Dance
1935 - The Devil Is A Woman
1935 - Top Hat
1934 - The Gay Divorcee
1934 - The Merry Widow
1933 - Alice in Wonderland
1932 - Trouble in Paradise
1931 - The Front Page
1930 - Reaching for the Moon
Guest TV Roles
Fractured Fairy Tales narrator (Voiced)
Uncle Ned Matthews
Chief Screaming Chicken
Grover Leander Smith
Elmo (segment "Love and Las Vegas")
It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Like many of his contemporaries, Horton came to the movies from the theatre, where he debuted in 1906. He made his film debut in 1922. Unlike many of his silent-film colleagues, however, Horton had no problems in adapting to the sound, despite--or perhaps because of--his crackling voice. From 1932 to 1938 he worked often with 'Ernst Lubitsch , and later with 'Frank Capra . He has appeared in more than 120 films, in addition to a large body of work on TV, among which was the befuddled Hekawi medicine man Roaring Chicken on the western comedy _"F Troop".
- Edward Everett Horton's grandfather and namesake was 'Edward Everett Hale' (qv), author of "The Man Without a Country."
- His parents, Edward Everett Horton Sr. and Isabella (Diack), were Scottish immigrants. He was the eldest of four children - George, Winter Davis, and Hannahbelle were his other siblings. The family remained close throughout their lives. Edward's mother lived with him until she died at the age of 101. His brothers and sister also spent their later years residing at his Encino estate.
- Played the role of Professor Nick Potter in _Holiday (1930)_ (qv) and again in the 1938 remake directed by 'George Cukor' (qv).
- Like 'Zasu Pitts' (qv), Horton excelled in comedy and specialized in the fretful, woebegone "Nervous Nellie" types. The duo were the only actors who could utter the simple words "Oh, dear!" and make it sound like it was the end of the world.
- Diagnosed with cancer, he was hospitalized at Glen Falls, New York for several weeks before returning home to his San Fernando, California home, where he died at the age of 83.
- 'Tommy Bond (I)' (qv) was a regular on Horton's radio show in the 1930's.
- According to an in-depth article by Eve Golden in "Classic Images" magazine, Edward's longtime companion was actor 'Gavin Gordon (I)' (qv), who was 15 years his junior. Not much was ever documented on the couple. They appeared in one movie together - _Pocketful of Miracles (1961)_ (qv).
- In the 1920s he acted in and managed the Majestic Theater in Los Angeles with his brother and business manager, George.
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