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Edward Everett Horton
1886 - 1970

Forest Lawn Glendale

Actor Edward Everett Horton typically played flustered supporting roles in dozens of musicals and comedies from the 1920s to the 1940s, and later narrated the Fractured Fairy Tales segments on "The Bullwinkle Show," from 1959 until his death.

Horton made his stage debut as a singer and dancer while still a student at Columbia University. He made his screen debut in "Too Much Business" (1922), and later appeared in more than 120 films, usually as a jittery fussbudget in comedies and musicals, including "The Front Page" (1931), "Lost Horizon" (1937), "Holiday" (1938), "Hear Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941) and "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944).

Horton provided comic relief in three films with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- "The Gay Divorcee" (1934), "Top Hat" (1935) and "Shall We Dance?" (1937). Horton was also a favorite of director Ernst Lubitsch, appearing in "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), "Design for Living" (1933), "The Merry Widow" (1934), "Angel" (1937) and "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" (1938).

At the end of his career, in the late 1960s, the Ivy League-educated Horton became strangely popular portraying Native American characters in television sitcoms, appearing as Roaring Chicken in the "F Troop" series, and as Chief Screaming Eagle in the "Batman" series.

Horton is buried next to his mother, Isabella Diack Horton (1859 - 1961) and his sister, Hannabelle Horton Grant (1890 - 1992).

Horton was born March 18, 1886, in Brooklyn, NY. He died on Sept. 29, 1970, in Encino, CA.

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