Houseley Stevenson

Houseley Stevenson (July 30, 1879 – August 6, 1953) was a British-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]

FilmsEdit

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

TelevisionEdit

Episode: Barchester Towers (1948)[20]
Episode:Spring Green (1948)[21]
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[22]

Stage workEdit

Partial listing

Theatre
Opening date Closing date Title Role Theatre Notes
March 22, 1938 May 1938 Schoolhouse on the Lot[23] J.G. Hamilton Ritz Theatre NY Jerome Chodorov and Joseph Fields playwrights[24]
Onslow Stevens also in the cast as Peter Driscoll
June 15, 1938 Nov 1938 On the Rocks[25] Viscount Barking Daly's 63rd Street Theatre NY George Bernard Shaw playwright
Produced by the Federal Theatre Project[26]
March 19, 1939 March 19, 1939 Stop Press[27] 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[28]
September 10, 1939 September 30, 1939 Journey's End[29] Bert Empire Theatre NY R. C. Sherriff playwright
Set in Saint-Quentin, Aisne during World War I[30]
October 25, 1939 October 19, 1940 The Time of Your Life[31] Arab Booth Theatre NY William Saroyan playwright
The playbill described the character of Arab as "an Eastern philosopher and harmonica player"[32]
March 26, 1946 Volpone Corbaccio Las Palmas Theater, Hollywood Ben Jonson playwright
adapted by Morris Carnovsky[33]

ReferencesEdit

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  21. ^ "Spring Green cast list". TV.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  22. ^ "Rescue Episode cast list". TV.com. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  23. ^ "Schoolhouse on the Lot". IBDB. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  24. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2003). The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, TV, Video and DVD. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. pp. 157–160. ISBN 978-1-55783-512-3.
  25. ^ "On the Rocks". IBDB. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
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  30. ^ 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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  33. ^ "Out of Town Openings". Billboard: 4. April 5, 1947. Retrieved August 19, 2013.

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