Shep Houghton

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Shep Houghton
Born George Shephard Houghton
June 4, 1914 (1914-06-04) (age 102)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1927–76
Children 2

George Shephard "Shep" Houghton[1] (born June 4, 1914)[2] is an American actor and dancer. He is known for his role in Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.[2] Houghton is the oldest surviving crew member from both movies.[3][4]

Early life[change | change source]

Houghton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 4, 1914.[2] He was born to a family of farmers. His parents were George Henry Houghton (1883-1958) and Mabell Viola Shephard (1883-1972). His family moved to Hollywood for business reasons in 1927.

Career[change | change source]

They settled not far from Paramount Pictures' studios. In 1927, Shep made his first movie. It was the Underworld. It was a silent movie.[5] Houghton was a dancer during his early career. He once taught actress Greta Garbo how to waltz for a role in Conquest.[2]

In 1939, Houghton appeared in two movie classics, first as Ozmite and a Winkie Guard in the Wizard of Oz and as a Southern dandy in Gone with the Wind.

Houghton acted in many recurring roles, beginning with the Jack Benny Program in 1950. He worked on the program until 1965. He appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series, in which he appeared in only the first three episodes. In addition to these productions, he worked on the I Love Lucy show from 1951 to 1957. He also appeared on Wagon Train, Perry Mason, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Mr. Lucky, The Untouchables, and The Twilight Zone.

The 1960s, he appeared in My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Loretta Young Show. In movies, Houghton appeared as a slave in Spartacus and as a dancer in Hello, Dolly!.

In the 1970s, he worked on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. His last role was as a juror in the final episodes of Ellery Queen. He soon retired from acting later that year.

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1935 he married Jane Rosily Kellogg. The couple divorced in 1945. He married actress Geraldine Farnum in 1946, but they divorced in 1948. Shep had two children.

In the early 1950s he worked for television, mostly as a dancer. He married Mel Carter in 1975.[5]

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