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Shep Houghton

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Shep Houghton
George Shephard Houghton

June 4, 1914
DiedDecember 15, 2016(2016-12-15) (aged 102)
Hoodsport, Washington, U.S.
Years active1927–76

George Shephard "Shep" Houghton[1] (June 4, 1914 - December 15, 2016)[2][3] was an American actor and dancer. He is known for his role in Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.[2] At the time of his death Houghton was the oldest surviving crew member from both movies.[4][5]

Early life

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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.

They settled not far from Paramount Pictures' studios. In 1927, Shep made his first movie. It was the Underworld. It was a silent movie.[6] 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 retired from acting later that year.

Personal life

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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.[6]

He died on December 15, 2016 in Hoodsport, Washington.


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  1. "Who is Shep Houghton?". Omnilexica.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The 100-Year-Old Who Taught Garbo to Waltz by Matt Weinstock". Lareview of Books.org. Archived from the original on October 8, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. "Shep Houghton (1914-2016)". 11 May 2017. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. "GONE WITH THE WIND Actress Mary Anderson Dead at 96". Altfg.org. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. "Weekend Reading: Shooting an Elephant, Again; the Naughtiest Song of 1909". The New Yorker.com. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Shep Houghton". IMDb.

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