John Houseman

John Houseman
John Houseman - 1980.jpg
Houseman in 1980
BornJacques Haussmann
(1902-09-22)September 22, 1902
Bucharest, Romania
DiedOctober 31, 1988(1988-10-31) (aged 86)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of deathSpinal cancer
EducationClifton College
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1930–1988
Spouse(s)Zita Johann (m. 1929; div. 1933)
Joan Courtney (m. 1952–1988)
Children2

John Houseman (born Jacques Haussmann; September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a British-American actor and 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 and his storied collaboration with writer Raymond Chandler's intoxicated screenplay rendering as producer of The Blue Dahlia. He is perhaps best known for his role as Professor Charles W. Kingsfield in the film The Paper Chase (1973), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised his role as Kingsfield in the 1978 television series adaptation.

Houseman was also known for his commercials for the brokerage firm Smith Barney. He had a distinctive English accent, a product of his schooling.

Early life

Houseman was born on September 22, 1902 in Bucharest, Romania, the son of May (née Davies) and Georges Haussmann, who ran a grain business.[1] His mother was British, from a Christian family of Welsh and Irish descent.[2] His father was an Alsatian-born Jew.[3][4][5][6] 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. He became a United States citizen in 1943.[7]

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