After mentioning John Houseman in my previous post on Charles Bronson, I was reminded of what a unique presence the producer/director/actor was. Houseman was also the founding director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School, and held this position from 1968 until 1976. He definitely had a particular style. Jerry Seinfeld even went so far as to riff on Houseman’s very distinctive way of speaking:
You may recall that he starred as the salty old sea dog Mr. Machen at the beginning of John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980). Personally I always felt it slightly odd that such as obviously well-educated elderly gentleman was spending his time spinning spooky yarns to kids or practising bow-line, reef, sheet bend, clove hitch and other nautical knots.
Maybe he just liked hanging out at the beach after dark…
Here’s some other classic (and not so classic) Houseman roles you may recognize: