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  • BIRTH 17/03/1886
  • DEATH 29/09/1970
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 6
  • MOVIES 32

Edward Everett Horton

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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.

Edward Everett Horton

Shows (6)

Batman (1966)
Batman (1966)
Chief Screaming Chicken
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Mr. Ritter
The Rocky and Bullwinkle show
The Rocky and Bullwinkle show
Fractured Fairy Tales Narrator (voice)
The Name of the Game
The Name of the Game
Philip Armistead
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Mr. Parkinson
Burke's Law
Burke's Law
Grover Leander Smith / Wilbur Starlington

Movies (32)

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter
Holiday
Holiday
Nick Potter
Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
Mr. Witherspoon
Trouble in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise
François Filiba
Ziegfeld Girl
Ziegfeld Girl
Noble Sage
Kiss and Make-Up
Kiss and Make-Up
Marcel Caron
The Devil Is a Woman
The Devil Is a Woman
Gov. Don Paquito 'Paquitito'
The Gay Divorcee
The Gay Divorcee
Egbert Fitzgerald
Angel
Angel
Graham
Cold Turkey
Cold Turkey
Hiram C. Grayson
That's Right - You're Wrong
That's Right - You're Wrong
Tom Village
La Bohème
La Bohème
Benoit - Janitor
Forever and a Day
Forever and a Day
Anthony Trimble-Pomfret
Pocketful of Miracles
Pocketful of Miracles
Hudgins
Shall We Dance
Shall We Dance
Jeffrey Baird
Brazil
Brazil
Everett St. John Everett
Down to Earth
Down to Earth
Messenger 7013
The Story of Mankind
The Story of Mankind
Sir Walter Raleigh
The Singing Kid
The Singing Kid
Davenport Rogers
Top Hat
Top Hat
Horace Hardwick
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
Alexander P. " Lovey " Lovett
Design for Living
Design for Living
Max Plunkett
The Man Who Fights Alone
The Man Who Fights Alone
Bob Alten
The Perils of Pauline
The Perils of Pauline
Caspar Coleman
The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
Ambassador Popoff
The Gang's All Here
The Gang's All Here
Peyton Potter
Ladies Should Listen
Ladies Should Listen
Paul Vernet
Lady on a Train
Lady on a Train
Mr. Haskell
All the King's Horses
All the King's Horses
Count Josef 'Peppi' von Schlapstaat
Sex and the Single Girl
Sex and the Single Girl
The Chief
Springtime in the Rockies
Springtime in the Rockies
McTavish
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Marquis De Loiselle