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      Donald Houston

      Donald Houston

      Highest Rated: 100% Room at the Top (1959)

      Lowest Rated: 29% 633 Squadron (1964)

      Birthday: Nov 6, 1923

      Birthplace: Tonypandy, Wales, UK

      Flaxen-haired Welsh actor Donald Houston was set for stardom in 1949, with the one-two punch of high-profile roles in both the desert island romance "The Blue Lagoon" and the Ealing Studios comedy "A Run for Your Money," co-starring Alec Guinness. Unlike Guinness, however, Houston didn't quite connect with audiences as a leading man, despite subsequently starring in a string of '50s British comedies and crime dramas--from "Dance Hall" to "Doublecross." The stage-trained thespian instead distinguished himself with solid supporting performances in Oscar-winning prestige pictures like the star-studded World War II epic "The Longest Day" and the sexually charged drama "Room at the Top," in which he played the dutiful best friend of Laurence Harvey's hard-hearted hero. Houston also logged dozens of television appearances, most prominently as a star of the 1971 BBC sitcom "Now, Take My Wife." Often cast as righteous, strong-willed men of action--see the combat adventure flicks "633 Squadron" and "Where Eagles Dare"--Houston found perhaps his juiciest onscreen role playing a deranged murderer in the critically acclaimed Hammer Films psychological thriller "Maniac."

      Highest rated movies

      100% Room at the Top
      86% Doctor in the House
      84% Where Eagles Dare
      64% Clash of the Titans
      29% 633 Squadron

      Photos

      A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, Donald Houston, Moira Lister, 1949 A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, Donald Houston (far left), Moira Lister (second from left), still photographer James Jarche, on location, at the Tower of London, 1949 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, from left: Donald Houston, Dirk Bogarde, Donald Sinden, Kenneth More, Suzanne Cloutier, 1954 doctorinthehouse1954-fsct003(doctorinthehouse1954-fsct003) MY LOVER MY SON, Donald Houston, Romy Schneider, 1970 STUDY IN TERROR, A, Donald Houston, John Neville, 1965, lobbycard MY LOVER MY SON, Romy Schneider, Donald Houston, 1970 A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, Donald Houston, Alec Guinness, 1949 THE BLUE LAGOON, Donald Houston, Jean Simmons, 1949 A STUDY IN TERROR, (aka SHERLOCK HOLMES IN A STUDY IN TERROR, aka FOG), from left, Robert Morley, Donald Houston, 1965 THE BLUE LAGOON, from left: Donald Houston, Jean Simmons, 1949 STUDY IN TERROR, A, Anthony Quayle, Frank Finlay, John Neville, Donald Houston, 1965 MY LOVER MY SON, Romy Schneider, Donald Houston, 1970 THE BLUE LAGOON, Jean Simmons, donald Houston, 1949 THE BLUE LAGOON, Jean Simmons, Donald Houston, 1949 DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE, from left: Muriel Pavlow, Dirk bogarde, right top to bottom: Donald Sinden, Kenneth More, Dirk Bogarde, Donald Houston, 1954

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      64% 70% Clash of the Titans Acrisius (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 29% Tales That Witness Madness Sam (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bushbaby John Leeds (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Lover, My Son Robert (Character) - 1970
      84% 89% Where Eagles Dare Capt. James Christiansen (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 15% The Viking Queen Maelgan (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 33% A Study in Terror Doctor Watson (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 33% Doctor in Distress Major Tommy Ffrench (Character) - 1964
      29% 56% 633 Squadron Group Capt. Don Barrett (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 41% Carry on Jack First Officer Jonathan Howett (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Carry on Venus First Officer Jonathan Howett (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 53% Maniac Henri (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 56% The Prince and the Pauper John Canty (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 70% The 300 Spartans Hydarnes (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 80% The Mark Austin (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 67% Twice Round the Daffodils John Rhodes (Character) - 1961
      100% 81% Room at the Top Charles Soames (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 43% Breakout Capt. Roger Byfold (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Question of Adultery Mr. Jacobus (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Upstairs Dr. Sanderson (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl in the Picture John Deering (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Surgeon's Knife Dr. Alex Waring (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 83% Battle Hell Lt Weston RN (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flaw John Millway (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Happiness of Three Women Unknown (Character) - 1954
      86% 44% Doctor in the House Taffy Evans (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wishing Well (The Happiness of Three Women) Unknown (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil's Harbor Michael Mallard (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Large Rope Tom Penney (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 17% The Paratrooper Taffy Evans (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crow Hollow Dr. Robert Amour (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Hall Phil (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 44% The Blue Lagoon Michael Reynolds (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Run for Your Money David "Dai Number 9" Jones (Character) - 1949

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Protectors Lockier (Character) 1973