Creator: Walter Huston

Walter Huston (1884-1950) was a respected character actor who played mostly hard-working middle-class types such as Sam Dodsworth in Dodsworth. However, he was much more versatile than this suggests; to whit, his single most famous performance was his Oscar-winning turn in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, in which he seemed to channel Walter Brennan and defined the "grizzled old prospector" stereotype for generations to come. He's also well known for his role as the Devil in The Devil and Daniel Webster which Christopher Lee cited as an influence on his own villainous roles.

On stage, he starred in the original production of Knickerbocker Holiday as Stuyvesant.

Huston is probably better-known these days as The Patriarch of the Hustons, including his son John, and his grandchildren Anjelica, Tony, and Danny. Walter, John and Anjelica have all won Oscars. His son John later became an actor himself and critics noted that his character parts largely channelled the work of his father.


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