Walter Huston

Birth Name: Walter Thomas Huston

Date of Birth: April 6, 1883

Place of Birth: Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death: April 7, 1950

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish

Walter Huston was a Canadian actor and singer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). His son won the Academy Award for Best Director for the same film.

Walter was the son of Elizabeth (McGibbon) and Robert Moore Huston, a provincial farmer. He was married to Ninetta (Nan) Sunderland, until his death. His son, with his former wife, journalist Rhea Gore, was actor, writer, and director John Huston. Among his grandchildren are actor, writer, and assistant director Tony Huston, actress, director, and model Anjelica Huston, and actor, writer, and director Danny Huston. Among his great-grandchildren is actor Jack Huston.

His father was born in Canada, to Scots-Irish Protestant parents. His mother was of Scottish descent.

Walter’s paternal grandfather was Alexander Huston (the son of Samuel Huston and Mary Elizabeth Miller). Alexander was born in Tobermore, County Derry, Ireland. Samuel was the son of William Huston.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was named Margaret Moore (the daughter of Robert Moore and Mary). Margaret was born in County Armagh, Ireland.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was Donald Dugald/Dougald McGibbon (the son of Donald Dugald McGibbon and Mary Brown). Walter’s great-grandfather Donald was the son of Duncan McGibbon.

Walter’s maternal grandmother wsa named Mary Stewart.

A DNA test of Walter’s granddaughter Anjelica whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2019) stated that Anjelica’s genetic ancestry consists of:

*36.8% British & Irish
*18.7% French & German
*16.2% Broadly Northwestern Europe
*9.1% Italy
*5.1% Broadly Southern Europe
*4.6% Broadly European
*3.4% Scandinavian
*3.1% Iberian
*2.7% Ashkenazi Jewish
*0.2% Unmatched
*0.1% Native American

Sources: Genealogies of Walter Huston –

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