Buck Houghton

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Archible Ernest "Buck" Houghton (4 May 1915 – 14 May 1999) was an American television producer and writer best known for producing the first three seasons of The Twilight Zone, as well as many other television programs from the 1950s through the 1990s. His collaboration with dramatist Clifford Odets, "The Richard Boone Show" (1963–64) was the only repertory company on television, in which a resident cast of actors played different roles in a TV play every week.[1]

Early life[edit]

Houghton graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1933, where he was known as Arch Houghton.[2] He attended UCLA, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.[3] While attending high school and college, he helped out backstage on several films by Cecil B. DeMille, along with his close friend and classmate Horace Hahn.[4]


He was the father of Jim Houghton.

He also had a daughter, Mona Houghton, featured at the end of the Twilight Zone episode Five Characters in Search of an Exit.

Published works[edit]

His 1991 book, What a Producer Does (Samuel French) is a primer for would-be film and television producers.


Houghton died in Los Angeles. He was suffering with both emphysema and ALS.[1]



  1. ^ a b Galloway, Doug; Pesselnick, Jill (26 May 1999). "A.E. 'Buck' Houghton Jr.". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Los Angeles High School - Blue and White Yearbook (Los Angeles, CA) - Class of 1933, [1], website of E-Yearbook.com, Retrieved 11 March 2010
  3. ^ University of California at Los Angeles - Bruin Life / Southern Campus Yearbook - Class of 1937, [2], website of E-Yearbook.com, Retrieved 11 March 2010
  4. ^ Birchard, Robert S. (2004), Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, p. 262-263, ISBN 0-8131-2324-0

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