Houseley Stevenson

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Houseley Stevenson (July 30, 1879 – August 6, 1953) was an American character actor who was born in London on July 30, 1879, and died in Duarte, California on August 6, 1953. He began his movie career in 1936 and had a short career in early television productions. Stevenson performed in live stage productions in New York under the name Houseley Stevens. He was a resident teacher at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.[1] He was the father of actors Houseley Stevenson Jr., Edward Stevenson and Onslow Stevens.[2]

Films[edit]

  1. Isle of Fury (1936) Rector[3]
  2. China Clipper (1936) Doctor
  3. Bengal Tiger (1936) Justice of the Peace[3]
  4. The White Angel (1936) Surgeon[3]
  5. The Law in Her Hands (1936) Appellate Court Chief Judge
  6. The Adventurous Blonde (1937) Judge Darrell[3]
  7. Midnight Court (1937) Mr. Jones
  8. Stolen Holiday (1937) Wedding Official
  9. Once a Doctor (1937) Magistrate Kendrick[4]
  10. The Body Disappears (1941) Passerby Professor[5]
  11. Native Land (1942) white sharecropper[6]
  12. The Man Who Returned to Life (1942) Colonel Beebe[5]
  13. Happy Land (1943) Sam Watson[5]
  14. Crime Doctor (1943) Martin, Parole Board
  15. Dakota (1945) Railroad Clerk[7]
  16. The Yearling (1946) Mr. Ranger[8]
  17. Little Miss Big (1946) Duncan[9]
  18. Rendezvous with Annie (1946) Dr. Grimes[5]
  19. Somewhere in the Night (1946) Michael Conroy[10]
  20. Without Reservations (1946) Turnkey[7]
  21. Cheyenne (1947)[8]
  22. Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Andy[11]
  23. Forever Amber (1947) Mr. Starling[12]
  24. Dark Passage (1947) Dr. Walter Coley[13]
  25. Thunder in the Valley (1947) Angus MacIvor
  26. Time Out of Mind (1947) George[14]
  27. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) gardener[15]
  28. Ramrod (1947) George Smedley[16]
  29. The Brasher Doubloon (1947) Elisha Morningstar[17]
  30. Easy Come, Easy Go (1947) Doctor[18]
  31. The Paleface (1948) Pioneer[19]
  32. Kidnapped (1948) Ebenezer[20]
  33. Joan of Arc (1948) The Cardinal of Winchester[21]
  34. You Gotta Stay Happy (1948) Jud Tavis[14]
  35. Moonrise (1948) Uncle Joe Jingle[22]
  36. Apartment for Peggy (1948) Prof. T.J. Beck[18]
  37. Four Faces West (1948) Anderson[8]
  38. The Vicious Circle (1948) Prof. Barr
  39. Smart Woman (1948) Joe Smith[5]
  40. Casbah (1948) Anton Duval[18]
  41. The Challenge (1948) Captain Sonnenberg[18]
  42. All the King's Men (1949) Madison the Editor[18]
  43. Song of Surrender (1949) Mr. Abernathy[5]
  44. The Gal Who Took the West (1949) Ted[8]
  45. Masked Raiders (1949) Uncle Henry Trevett[8]
  46. Calamity Jane and Sam Bass (1949) Dakota[8]
  47. Take One False Step (1949) Dr. Montgomery Thatcher[5]
  48. Leave It to Henry (1949) Mr. McCluskey[5]
  49. Colorado Territory (1949) Prospector[8]
  50. Sorrowful Jones (1949) Doc Chesley[5]
  51. The Lady Gambles (1949) Pawnbroker[18]
  52. Bride of Vengeance (1949) Councillor[18]
  53. The Walking Hills (1949) King[8]
  54. Knock on Any Door (1949) Junior[14]
  55. The Sun Sets at Dawn (1950) Pops[23]
  56. Edge of Doom (1950) Mr. Swanson[24]
  57. The Gunfighter (1950) Mr. Barlow[8]
  58. Sierra (1950) Sam Coulter[25]
  59. Cave of Outlaws (1951) Cooley[8]
  60. Darling, How Could You! (1951) Old Man[19]
  61. The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) Pawnee Sam[5]
  62. As Young as You Feel (1951) old man on park bench[26]
  63. Hollywood Story (1951) John Miller[23]
  64. All That I Have (1951) Dr. Charles Grayson[5]
  65. Oklahoma Annie (1952) Blinky[8]
  66. The Wild North (1952) Old Man[8]

Television[edit]

Episode: Barchester Towers (1948)[27]
Episode:Spring Green (1948)[28]
Episode: Galahad (date unknown)
Episode: That I May See (1951)
Episode: Joe Santa Claus (1951) Uncle Willy
Episode: The Old Man (date unknown) Charles
Episode: Rescue (1952) Pop Polgase[29]

Stage work[edit]

Partial listing

Theatre
Opening date Closing date Title Role Theatre Notes
Mar 22, 1938 May 1938 Schoolhouse on the Lot[30] J.G. Hamilton Ritz Theatre NY Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields playwrights[31]
Onslow Stevens also in the cast as Peter Driscoll
June 15, 1938 Nov 1938 On the Rocks[32] Viscount Barking Daly's 63rd Street Theatre NY George Bernard Shaw playwright
Produced by the Federal Theatre Project[33]
Mar 19, 1939 Mar 19, 1939 Stop Press[34] Alfred Snell Vanderbilt Theatre NY John Stradley playwright
The role of Alfred Snell was that of a conservative newspaper publisher who was at odds with his son the union sympathizer[35]
Sept 10, 1939 Sept 30, 1939 Journey's End[36] Bert Empire Theatre NY R. C. Sherriff playwright
Set in Saint-Quentin, Aisne during World War I[37]
October 25, 1939 October 19, 1940 The Time of Your Life[38] Arab Booth Theatre NY William Saroyan playwright
The playbill described the character of Arab as "an Eastern philosopher and harmonica player"[39]
March 26, 1946 Volpone Corbaccio Las Palmas Theater, Hollywood Ben Jonson playwright
adapted by Morris Carnovsky[40]

References[edit]

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  29. ^ "Rescue Episode cast list". TV.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
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  37. ^ Villiers, Peter; Gosling,Jonathan (2011). Leading from Example: A Short Guide to the Lessons of Literature. Triarchy Press Ltd. pp. 117–141. ISBN 978-1-908009-35-7. 
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