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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. He reprised his role as Kingsfield in the subsequent TV series adaptation of The Paper Chase.… Read More

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1902 Birth Born on September 22, 1902.


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


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 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 #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 1946 film noir, The Blue Dahlia and the 1953 film adaptation of Julius Caesar (for which he received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Picture").


1973 70 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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
1975 72 Years Old In 1975, during an interview with Kate McCauley, Houseman stated that film critic Pauline Kael in her tome, The Citizen Kane Book, had caused an “idiotic controversy” over the issue: … Read More
1978 75 Years Old He reprised his role in the television series of the same name from 1978 to 1986, receiving two Golden Globe nominations for "Best Actor in a TV Series — Drama". … Read More
1980 77 Years Old He also made a guest appearance in John Carpenter's 1980 movie The Fog as Mr. Machen.
1983 80 Years Old He played the Jewish professor Aaron Jastrow in the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War (receiving a fourth Golden Globe nomination). … 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 and Scrooged playing himself. … Read More
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