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October 21, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
As he waited for his car on a Philadelphia street corner the other day, John Houseman was approached by a dozen passers-by, each of whom smiled in recognition and said, "Are you earning it?" or "D'you still do it the old-fashioned way?" or some other variant of the brokerage-house commercials in which he has been appearing in recent years. "It's gone into the language," Houseman says with what can only be called pleased astonishment.
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February 21, 1990
Brooks Jackson, veteran Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is moving to television. Jackson said Tuesday that after 10 years at the Journal specializing in money and politics, he will be joining the Cable News Network's new documentary-investigative team that will have correspondents in Washington, Atlanta and New York. . . . The Voice of America has scheduled a special memorial to the late actor-director John Houseman.
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October 31, 1988
John Houseman, the suave dramatic entrepreneur who won an Oscar for his role as a crusty law school professor in the movie "The Paper Chase" and the accolades of millions for his efforts on behalf of the theater, died early today. He was 86 and died at his Malibu home of cancer. Houseman produced Mercury Theatre's "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast that terrorized the country 50 years ago.
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January 9, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
So far as I know, Mark Twain was the first American author to be captured by the motion picture camera. There is brief footage of him, in the familiar white suit on the veranda of his house in Connecticut. In a new day, hardly anyone will escape not just the camera but the sound camera, recording our unscripted inanities on Christmas morning.
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November 1, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
John Houseman, the dramatic arts' suave, indefatigable man-for-all-seasons, died Monday morning at his home in Malibu at the age of 86. The actor, producer and venerated teacher of things theatrical, who was awarded an Oscar for his portrayal of Prof. Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. in the film "The Paper Chase," had been suffering from cancer for several months. A memorial service is pending, said his longtime friend, Judi Davidson.
MAGAZINE
November 3, 1985
I'm impressed. It's now a real magazine! I've been reading almost all morning--Steve Allen, John Houseman, Bob Oates, Norman Cousins--saving some articles for later in the week. I hope I finish in time for next Sunday. Jackie Browne Santa Monica
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December 5, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN and John Voland, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
At 11 a.m. on Dec. 11, there will be a celebration at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon to honor the late John Houseman. Among the gathering of friends who will speak, sing and perform--recalling Houseman's life and times--are the cast and producers of "The Paper Chase," plus Howard Koch, Gordon Davidson, David Ogden Stiers, Earl Robinson, Megan Gallagher, Lamont Johnson, Madoline Smith, Philip Dunne, and Ellen and Herta Geer.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1990
Brooks Jackson, veteran Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is moving to television. Jackson said Tuesday that after 10 years at the Journal specializing in money and politics, he will be joining the Cable News Network's new documentary-investigative team that will have correspondents in Washington, Atlanta and New York. . . . The Voice of America has scheduled a special memorial to the late actor-director John Houseman.
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May 6, 1989 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
He was 12, going on 13, and having lunch with his uncle at the Yale Club in Manhattan on his first trip in from the suburbs alone. Naturally, his uncle asked what had brought him to the city. Unwilling to risk disapproval, he lied. "I told him," William Woodman recalled, "that I was going to see a matinee of 'Make Mine Manhattan,' which was a very forgettable musical revue at the time. "That was my front for 'Streetcar.' " Recounting the details of his first encounter with Tennessee Williams' steamy, luminous and passionate masterwork, Woodman skips to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, where "A Streetcar Named Desire" premiered in 1947 with a brilliant cast: Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden.
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December 5, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN and John Voland, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
At 11 a.m. on Dec. 11, there will be a celebration at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon to honor the late John Houseman. Among the gathering of friends who will speak, sing and perform--recalling Houseman's life and times--are the cast and producers of "The Paper Chase," plus Howard Koch, Gordon Davidson, David Ogden Stiers, Earl Robinson, Megan Gallagher, Lamont Johnson, Madoline Smith, Philip Dunne, and Ellen and Herta Geer.
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November 20, 1988 | Craig Modderno
Press and preview audiences looking for laughs in Paramount's Christmas comedies "Scrooged" and "The Naked Gun" have been getting a jolt--the sudden presence in both pictures of John Houseman, who died Oct. 31. In "Scrooged," Houseman is cast as a host of a live-television presentation of the Dickens' Christmas classic. "Naked Gun" features a cameo by Houseman as a driving school instructor whose car gets involved in a chase scene.
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November 1, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
We knew, of course, that John Houseman couldn't go on forever. On the other hand, he had gone on forever, so why should he leave us now? But he did, on Monday morning, at the age of 86. Not forgotten. Not neglected. And only slightly past his prime. It amused Houseman that he ended his career as an actor: One of "the talent," after a lifetime spent organizing the talent. This came about because director James Bridges thought Houseman would be perfect as Prof.
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November 1, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
John Houseman, the dramatic arts' suave, indefatigable man-for-all-seasons, died Monday morning at his home in Malibu at the age of 86. The actor, producer and venerated teacher of things theatrical, who was awarded an Oscar for his portrayal of Prof. Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. in the film "The Paper Chase," had been suffering from cancer for several months. A memorial service is pending, said his longtime friend, Judi Davidson.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 1988 | Craig Modderno
Press and preview audiences looking for laughs in Paramount's Christmas comedies "Scrooged" and "The Naked Gun" have been getting a jolt--the sudden presence in both pictures of John Houseman, who died Oct. 31. In "Scrooged," Houseman is cast as a host of a live-television presentation of the Dickens' Christmas classic. "Naked Gun" features a cameo by Houseman as a driving school instructor whose car gets involved in a chase scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
We knew, of course, that John Houseman couldn't go on forever. On the other hand, he had gone on forever, so why should he leave us now? But he did, on Monday morning, at the age of 86. Not forgotten. Not neglected. And only slightly past his prime. It amused Houseman that he ended his career as an actor: One of "the talent," after a lifetime spent organizing the talent. This came about because director James Bridges thought Houseman would be perfect as Prof.
NEWS
October 31, 1988
John Houseman, the suave dramatic entrepreneur who won an Oscar for his role as a crusty law school professor in the movie "The Paper Chase" and the accolades of millions for his efforts on behalf of the theater, died early today. He was 86 and died at his Malibu home of cancer. Houseman produced Mercury Theatre's "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast that terrorized the country 50 years ago.
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