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Donald Houston biography

Date of birth : 1923-11-06
Date of death : 1991-10-13
Birthplace : Wales, U.K.
Nationality : Welsh
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-02-28
Credited as : Actor, The Blue Lagoon 1949, Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Donald Daniel Houston was a Welsh actor whose first two films - The Blue Lagoon (1949) with Jean Simmons, and A Run for Your Money (1949) with Sir Alec Guinness - were highly successful. Later in his career he was cast in military roles and in comedies such as the Doctor and Carry On series.

Hardworking Welsh actor Donald Houston would sometimes indulge his Welsh accent as well as hide it behind an English public school veneer. Houston had a solid career as a character actor in English film and television, with good parts in several well-known films, including 633 Squadron, The Longest Day, and The Sea Wolves. His forte tended to be authority figures, often military, such as the brilliant but tough David Caulder, the head of Moonbase 3 in a British miniseries. He could also handle #92;comedy well, as he proved with Doctor in the House and the later Doctor in Distress, both significant successes in Europe. Though preferring to take good parts, he was certainly not above journeyman work in films such as Tales That Witness Madness and Maniac -- indeed, much of his early work consists of potboilers. He died quietly in Portugal, well-liked by the British but not too well-known in America.

Donald's Films:

* The Blue Lagoon ; A Run for Your Money (1949)
* Dance Hall (1950)
* My Death Is a Mockery ; Crow Hollow (1952)
* Small Town Story ; The Red Beret ; The Large Rope
* The Happiness of Three Women ; Doctor in the House ; Devil's Point (1954)
* The Flaw (1955)
* Doublecross ; Find the Lady (1956)
* The Girl in the Picture ; Under Milk Wood ; Yangtse Incident ; The Surgeon's Knife (1957)
* A Question of Adultery ; The Man Upstairs (1958)
* Room at the Top ; Jessy ; Danger Within (1959)
* The Mark (1961)
* Twice Round the Daffodils ; The 300 Spartans ; The Longest Day (1962)
* Maniac ; Doctor in Distress ; Carry on Jack (1963)
* 633 Squadron (1964)
* A Study in Terror (1965)
* The Viking Queen (1967)
* Where Eagles Dare (1968)
* The Bushbaby (1969)
* My Lover My Son (1970)
* Now Take My Wife (1971)
* Tales That Witness Madness (1973)
* Voyage of the Damned (1976)
* The Sea Wolves (1980)
* Clash of the Titans (1981)

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