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
NYTimes - over 6 years
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)
NYTimes - over 6 years
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.
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  • 1986
    Age 83
    Houseman served as the producing artistic director through 1986, and Harley has been the Company's producer since its founding.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1968
    Age 65
    Houseman became the founding director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School, and held this position from 1968 until 1976.
  • 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").
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    In June 1937, Project No. 891 would produce their most controversial work with The Cradle Will Rock.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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