John Houseman
British actor
John Houseman
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.
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Penguin shifts sports in season's last show - Inside Rockland (blog)
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It was seen at off-Broadway's John Houseman Theater in 2003. Horn was uncertain who would direct the production, which runs Oct. 14 through Nov. 6. Performances are 8 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays; 4 pm, Saturdays; 2 pm, Sundays
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Bill Berkson on Edwin Denby & Frank O'Hara - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
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In 1935, for example, Orson Welles and John Houseman asked Denby to adapt the French play Horse Eats Hat. Scored by Paul Bowles, it was performed as a Works Progress Administration Federal Theatre Production. Ambivalent about the publication of his own
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Fred Jackson Hasn't 'Earned' the Right to Renegotiate His Contract: Fan's Take - Yahoo! Sports
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To paraphrase John Houseman from the old Smith Barney commercial, Jackson came up the ranks the old-fashioned way, he earned it. Not that Jackson didn't have a nice career in college; because he did. The 6-1, 215-pound elusive halfback was named to
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ANDREA MEZVINSKY AND LUTHEA SALOM PRESENT "OUT LOUD: A Night of Songs and ... - Jazzcorner
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Theatre credits include: the Off-Broadway hit Grandma Sylvia's Funeral, and her one-woman show Sometimes Over the Summer, produced at the John Houseman Theatre and the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Most recently Andrea performed in Turning
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Roundabout's Suicide, Incorporated Cast Includes Gabriel Ebert, James ... - Playbill.com
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Hawkins is a recent graduate of The Juilliard Drama program (recipient of the 2010 John Houseman Prize for classical theatre). The design team includes Daniel Zimmerman (sets), Jessica Wegener Shay (costumes), Zach Blane (lights) and Chad Raines
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EXCERPT; Excerpt - Rebels in Paradise - By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
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Chapter One 1963: Andy and Marcel The seven-foot Elvis in the Ferus Gallery window was startling, even by Los Angeles standards. In the gallery's back room, paintings of Elizabeth Taylor, with her outsized red lips and slashes of bright blue eye shadow, greeted visitors. Andy Warhol was fixated on celebrities and it wouldn't be long before he would
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Farewell, 'Doc' - Sacramento News & Review
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For those who didn't study journalism at Sacramento City College between 1957 and 1986, Dr. Stephens was a figure not unlike John Houseman's stern and revered law professor in The Paper Chase, but far more lovable and devoted to her students as if they
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Much more than Citizen Kane, Orson Welles is TCM's featured star August 8 - Examiner.com
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The success of the latter lead to John Houseman casting Welles in MacBeth, a Federal Theatre Project, part of FDR's New Deal to reinvigorate the arts. In 1934, he co-directed the short film, The Hearts of Age in which he also appeared as Death
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10 Villains Who Used Bad Weather as a Weapon - io9
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The epic three-part Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman crossover event "Kill Oscar" united Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers to fight Soviet-hired mad scientist Dr. Franklin (John Houseman) who tries to seize control of a US-made device capable of
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ARTS | NEW JERSEY; The Dumb Blonde With an I.Q. of 172 (No Joke)
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When Pheonix Vaughn coughed, the mystery was solved. I had been trying to figure out why ''The Judy Holliday Story,'' by Bob Sloan, New Jersey Repertory's current production, felt off kilter. Then Ms. Vaughn, playing Holliday, emitted a faint little ''Camille''-parody cough in Act 2. My first reaction was ''Oh, please.'' But then I remembered that
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CULTURE PROJECT Celebrates 15th Anniversary - Broadway World
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"To paraphrase John Houseman, think of the ten best plays you have ever seen and then see if you can remember the venues in which they occurred. Yet, so much of our arts funding is spent on real estate, venues, and institutional support enjoyed largely
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Disposal of stained-glass windows defended - Alton Telegraph
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Last month, residents John Houseman and Don Mellenthin told the board they believed the windows may have been valuable. Houseman said the Methodist church should have been given an opportunity to purchase the windows. The contractor who worked on the
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Mike Yawn: War of the Worlds — historical hysteria - Huntsville Item
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War of the Worlds was part of the weekly Mercury Theater on the Air, a company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman in July 1938. The program succeeded in impressing critics, who were drawn to their radio treatments of literary classics such as
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Remembering director James Bridges - Los Angeles Times
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Timothy Bottoms played the law student and John Houseman, then a well-respected film and theatrical producer who had been Bridges and Larson's mentor, played gruff Professor Charles Kingsfield. Houseman won the supporting actor Oscar,
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King kicks off MSU concert series - WXVT
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10 - a recent Grammy winner for Best Traditional Folk Album. The TALK Dance Company on Jan. 24 - founded in 1996 in Philadelphia. The Acting Company's "Julius Caesar" on Feb. 23 - founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972 in New York
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10 Reasons to Revisit James Bridges - Moving Pictures Network
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Because John Houseman (a first-time actor) won an Academy Award as Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., the highly respected and feared professor of contracts at Harvard Law School in Bridges' film adaptation of “The Paper Chase.” 8
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Keeping score of the greatest film composers - Boston Globe
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A “golden boy of music'' is how John Houseman, in the first volume of his autobiography, describes Herrmann: “egotistical, contentious, devoted and enormously well read.'' Houseman met him as a fellow collaborator with Orson Welles on radio
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Houseman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 85
    In 1988, he appeared in his last two roles—cameos in the films The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and Scrooged.
    More Details Hide Details He played himself in the latter. Both films were released after his death. Houseman was portrayed by Cary Elwes in the Tim Robbins-directed film Cradle Will Rock (1999). Actor Eddie Marsan plays the role of Houseman in Richard Linklater's film Me & Orson Welles (2009). Houseman was played by actor Jonathan Rigby in the Doctor Who audio drama Invaders from Mars set around the War of the Worlds broadcast. There's a reference to Houseman in Seinfeld (6th season, episode 23 - The Face Painter) when Jerry and Elaine are sitting at the diner their friend Alec Berg comes in and Jerry says he has "a real John Houseman name."
  • 1986
    Age 83
    Houseman served as the producing artistic director through 1986, and Harley has been the Company's producer since its founding.
    More Details Hide Details Writing in The New York Times in 1996, Mel Gussow called it "the major touring classical theater in the United States."
  • 1975
    Age 72
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He wanted to be given all the credit because he's a hog. Actually, it is his film. So it's a ridiculous argument." After he and Welles went their separate ways, Houseman went on to direct The Devil and Daniel Webster (1939) and Liberty Jones and produced the Mercury Theatre's stage production of Native Son (1941) on Broadway, directed by Welles. In Hollywood he became a vice-president of David O. Selznick Productions. In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Houseman quit his job and became the head of the overseas radio division of the Office of War Information (OWI), working for the Voice of America whilst also managing its operations in New York City.
  • 1972
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unwilling to see that very first class disbanded upon graduation, Houseman and his Juilliard colleague Margot Harley formed them into an independent, touring repertory company they named the "Group 1 Acting Company". The organization was subsequently renamed The Acting Company, and has been active for more than 40 years.
  • 1968
    Age 65
    Houseman became the founding director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School, and held this position from 1968 until 1976.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1945
    Age 42
    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").
    More Details Hide Details He is one of three screenwriters credited on "Jane Eyre" (1943)(along with Aldous Huxley and Robert Stevenson). However, he first became widely known to the public for his Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning role as Professor Charles Kingsfield in the film The Paper Chase (1973). 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". Houseman was the executive producer of CBS' landmark Seven Lively Arts series. Houseman played Energy Corporation Executive Bartholomew in the film Rollerball (1975) and parodied Sydney Greenstreet in the Neil Simon film The Cheap Detective (1978). Houseman was reunited with The Paper Chase co-star Lindsay Wagner in "Kill Oscar", a three-part joint episode of the popular science-fiction series The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man as the scientific genius Dr. Franklin.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For his motion picture debut, Welles first considered adapting Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness for the screen. A 200-page script was written. Some models were constructed, while the shooting of initial test footage had begun. However, little, if anything, had been done either to whittle down the budgetary difficulties or begin filming. When RKO threatened to eliminate the payment of salaries by December 31 if no progress had been made, Welles announced that he would pay his cast out of his own pocket. Houseman proclaimed that there wasn't enough money in their business account to pay anyone. During a corporate dinner for the Mercury crew, Welles exploded, calling his partner a "bloodsucker" and a "crook". As Houseman attempted to leave, Welles began hurling dish heaters at him, effectively ending both their partnership and friendship. Houseman would later, however, play a pivotal role in ushering Citizen Kane (1941), which starred Welles. Welles telephoned Houseman asking him to return to Hollywood to "babysit" screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz while he completed the script, and keep him away from alcohol. Still drawn to Welles, as was virtually everyone in his sphere, Houseman agreed. Although Welles took credit for the screenplay of Kane, Houseman stated that the credit belonged to Mankiewicz, an assertion that led to a final break with Welles. Houseman took some credit himself for the general shaping of the story line and for editing the script.
  • 1937
    Age 34
    That same year, 1937, after detaching themselves from the Federal Theatre Project, Houseman and Welles did The Cradle Will Rock as an independent production on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details They also founded the acclaimed New York drama company, the Mercury Theatre. Houseman wrote of their collaboration at this time: On the broad wings of the Federal eagle, we had risen to success and fame beyond ourselves as America's youngest, cleverest, most creative and audacious producers to whom none of the ordinary rules of the theater applied. Armed with a manifesto written by Houseman declaring their intention to foster new talent, experiment with new types of plays, and appeal to the same audiences that frequented the Federal Theater the company was designed largely to offer plays of the past, preferably those that " seem to have emotion or factual bearing on contemporary life." The company mounted several notable productions, the most remarkable being its first commercial production of Julius Caesar. Houseman called the decision to use modern dress "an essential element in Orson's conception of the play as a political melodrama with clear contemporary parallels."
    In June 1937, Project No. 891 would produce their most controversial work with The Cradle Will Rock.
    More Details Hide Details Written by Marc Blitzstein the musical was about Larry Foreman, a worker in Steeltown (played in the original production by Howard Da Silva), which is run by the boss, Mister Mister (played in the original production by Will Geer). The show was thought to have had left-wing and unionist sympathies (Foreman ends the show with a song about "unions" taking over the town and the country), and became legendary as an example of a "censored" show. Shortly before the show was to open, FTP officials in Washington announced that no productions would open until after July 1, 1937, the beginning of the new fiscal year. In his memoir, Run-Through, Houseman wrote about the circumstances surrounding the opening night at the Maxine Elliott Theatre. All the performers had been enjoined not to perform on stage for the production when it opened on July 14, 1937. The cast and crew left their government-owned theatre and walked 20 blocks to another theatre, with the audience following. No one knew what to expect; when they got there Blitzstein himself was at the piano and started playing the introduction music. One of the non-professional performers, Olive Stanton, who played the part of Moll, the prostitute, stood up in the audience, and began singing her part. All the other performers, in turn, stood up for their parts. Thus the "oratorio" version of the show was born.
  • 1934
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although the central figure is a man in his late fifties, Houseman became obsessed by the notion that a young man named Orson Welles he had seen in Katharine Cornell's production of Romeo and Juliet was the only person qualified to play the leading role. Welles consented and, after preliminary conversations, agreed to leave the play he was in after a single night to take the lead in Houseman's production. Panic opened at the Imperial Theatre on March 15, 1935. Among the cast was Houseman's ex-wife, Zita Johann, who had co-starred with Boris Karloff three years earlier in Universal's The Mummy. Although the play opened to indifferent notices and ran for a mere three performances, it nevertheless led to the forging of a theatrical team, a fruitful but stormy partnership in which Houseman said Welles "was the teacher, I, the apprentice."
  • 1933
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 26
    Houseman himself worked as a speculator in the international grain markets, only turning to the theater following the 1929 stock market crash.
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  • 1925
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He became a United States citizen in 1943.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1902
    Born
    Houseman was born in Bucharest, Romania on September 22, 1902, the son of May (née Davies) and Georges Haussmann, who ran a grain business.
    More Details Hide Details His mother was British, from a Christian family of Welsh and Irish descent. His father was an Alsatian-born Jew.
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