John Houseman

Born Sep 22, 1902

John Houseman was a Romanian-born British-American actor and film producer who became known for his highly publicized collaboration with director Orson Welles from their days in the Federal Theatre Project through to the production of Citizen Kane. He is perhaps best known for his role as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the 1973 film The Paper Chase, for which he won a best supporting actor Oscar.… Read More

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1902 Birth Houseman was born in Bucharest, Romania on September 22, 1902, the son of May (née Davies) and Georges Haussmann, who ran a grain business. … Read More


1925 22 Years Old He was educated in England at Clifton College, became a British subject, and worked in the grain trade in London before emigrating to the United States in 1925, where he took the stage name of John Houseman. … Read More
1929 26 Years Old Houseman himself worked as a speculator in the international grain markets, only turning to the theater following the 1929 stock market crash.


1933 30 Years Old He received his first opportunity of any note in 1933 when composer Virgil Thomson recruited him to direct Four Saints in Three Acts, Thomson's collaboration with Gertrude Stein.
1934 31 Years Old In 1934, Houseman was looking to cast a play he was producing based on a drama by Archibald MacLeish, Panic, concerning a Wall Street financier whose world crumbles about him when consumed by the crash of 1929. … Read More
1937 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 1937, Project No. 891 would produce their most controversial work with The Cradle Will Rock. … Read More
1939 36 Years Old The Welles-Houseman collaboration continued in Hollywood. In the spring of 1939, Welles began preliminary discussions with RKO's head of production, George Schaefer, with Welles and his Mercury players being given a two picture deal, in which Welles would produce, direct, perform, and have full creative control of his projects. … Read More


1945 42 Years Old Between 1945 and 1962, he produced 18 films for Paramount, Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, including the film noir The Blue Dahlia (1946) and the film adaptation of Julius Caesar (1953) (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture"). … Read More


1968 65 Years Old Houseman became the founding director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School, and held this position from 1968 until 1976.
1972 69 Years Old The first graduating class in 1972 included Kevin Kline and Patti LuPone; subsequent classes under Houseman's leadership included Christopher Reeve, Mandy Patinkin, and Robin Williams. … Read More
1975 72 Years Old In 1975, during an interview with Kate McCauley, Houseman stated that film critic Pauline Kael in her essay "Raising Kane", had caused an "idiotic controversy" over the issue: "The argument is Orson's own fault. … Read More
1986 83 Years Old Houseman served as the producing artistic director through 1986, and Harley has been the Company's producer since its founding. … Read More
1988 85 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, he appeared in his last two roles—cameos in the films The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and Scrooged. … Read More
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