by Marie Wilson

Anjelica Huston’s Canadian Connection

IMG_2243_phixrWalter Huston has three historical plaques in Toronto. Born here in 1884 Huston attended Winchester PS as a young boy then went on to try out several high schools around town. Of that time he once said: “The first school I went to, I didn’t like the teacher; the second school I went to, the teacher didn’t like me; and the third school, we didn’t like each other, and so forth. I decided that the best thing to do was to quit.” Eventually Walter made his way to the vaudeville stage then Hollywood. In 1948 his son John directed him in Treasure of the Sierra Madre and both Hustons won Oscars for their work on that film. Among Walter’s other acting credits: Dodsworth, Rain and Yankee Doodle Dandy. He also made a cameo appearance in The Maltese Falcon, another John-Huston-directed picture. Huston Sr. is the guy who staggers into Sam Spade’s office with the much-coveted falcon in his arms then immediately drops dead. Angelica Huston (Prizzi’s Honor, The Royal Tenebaums) is Walter’s granddaughter, Danny Huston (American Horror Story, Hitchcock) is his grandson, and Jack Huston (American Hustle, Boardwalk Empire) is his great grandson. Alas, while they have some Canadian blood (and Irish and Scottish) none of them are actually Canadian.

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