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Archible Ernest "Buck" Houghton (May 4, 1915 – May 14, 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 and independent films from the 1950s through the 1990s. He first entered the film industry as a reader and story editor for David O. Selznick in the 1930s. He moved over to Paramount, working his way up to the casting office and then to the budget department. During World War II, he helped make films for the Office of War Information. Following the war, Houghton assisted executive producers at RKO, and had a two-year stint as a story editor for MGM. He soon became involved in producing early TV dramas such as “China Smith,” “Meet McGraw,” “Yancy Derringer” and “Man with a Camera.” 
A.E. "Buck" Houghton
Taken at age 45
|Born||May 4, 1915|
|Died||May 14, 1999 (aged 84)|
Houghton reached a pinnacle in his career when he was hired by Bill Self at CBS to produce the first 39 episodes of Rod Serling's “The Twilight Zone” in its original half-hour format. When the network insisted the fourth season consist of hour-long shows, Buck decided it was time to move on. His subsequent 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. It was nominated for the Outstanding Dramatic Series Emmy Award in 1964.
Other credits include seasons of “High Chapparal,” “Harry O.,” “Hawaii 5-O” and the American Zoetrope film, "The Escape Artist."
Houghton was born in Denver, CO. His parents moved to Los Angeles because of his mother's ill health; she died when he was eleven years old. He graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1933, where he was known as Arch Houghton. He attended UCLA, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, majored in Economics and English and lettered in varsity track and field as a high-jumper. 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.
|1952||China Smith||Associate Producer|
|1954||The New Adventures of China Smith||Associate Producer|
|1955||The Paris Follies of 1956||Associate Producer|
|1956||Wire Service||Producer & AP, 4 eps.|
|1958-59||Man with a Camera||Producer|
|1962||General Electric Theater||Producer, 1 ep.|
|1959-62||The Twilight Zone||Producer, 102 eps.|
|1963||The Dick Powell Theater||Producer, 1 ep.|
|1963-64||The Richard Boone Show||Producer, 25 eps.|
|1965||The Long, Hot Summer||Producer, pilot ep.|
|1966||Blue Light||Producer, 17 eps.|
|1966||I Deal in Danger||Producer|
|1967-68||The High Chaparral||Producer, 8 eps.|
|1971||Nichols||Writer 1 ep.|
|1973||Mission: Impossible||Writer, 1 ep.|
|1975||Harry O||Producer, 9 eps.|
|1976-77||Executive Suite||Producer, 18 eps.|
|1981||The Violation of Sarah McDavid||Supervising producer|
|1982||An Innocent Love||Producer|
|1982||The Escape Artist (film)||Producer|
|1994||Spring Awakening (TV movie)||Producer|
|1974||The Godfather II||White-haired Senator||Uncredited|
- What a Producer Does (Samuel French) is a primer for would-be film and television producers. 
- "May 4 in twilight zone history remembering producer buck houghton". Syfy wire. 4 May 2018.
- Galloway, Doug; Pesselnick, Jill (26 May 1999). "A.E. 'Buck' Houghton Jr". Variety. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- Los Angeles High School - Blue and White Yearbook (Los Angeles, CA) - Class of 1933, , website of E-Yearbook.com; retrieved March 11, 2010.
- University of California at Los Angeles - Bruin Life/Southern Campus Yearbook - Class of 1937, , website of E-Yearbook.com; retrieved March 11, 2010.
- Birchard, Robert S. (2004), Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood, Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, p. 262-263, ISBN 0-8131-2324-0
- Houghton, Buck (1992). What a Producer Does. Silman James. ISBN 1-87-950505-3.
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