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Horton Foote

Performer, Writer
( b. Mar 14, 1916 Wharton, Texas, USA - d. Mar 04, 2009 Hartford, Connecticut, USA ) Male
Relations: Father of Hallie Foote
Cousin of Peter Masterson

Biography: Albert Horton Foote, Jr. was born on March 14, 1916 in Wharton, Texas to piano teacher Harriet Gautier "Hallie" Brooks and haberdasher Albert Horton Foote. He began his career as an actor, studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. He ran the King Smith School with Vincent Donehue after World War II. He opened the King Smith theater to all races, which made it the first with integrated audiences in Washington. He married Lillian Vallish, with whom he had four children: Hallie, Horton Jr., Walter, and Daisy.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Of Mice and Men," "Tender Mercies," "Main Street," "The Chase," "The Trip to Bountiful," "Infinity," "Tomorrow," "Hurry Sundown," "Baby the Rain Must Fall," "and "Storm Fear." Television credits include: "Bessie," "American Playhouse," "Playhouse 90," "The Trip to Bountiful," "Armchair Theatre," "Kraft Theatre," "The United States Steel Hour," and "Old Man."

Other Awards: Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1963. Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Tender Mercies" in 1984. Received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special for "Old Man" in 1997. Received the Writer's Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. Received the PEN American Center's Master American Dramatist Award in 2000. Awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000.

He was the voice of Jefferson Davis in the 11-hour PBS series "The Civil War".
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on March 5, 2009.

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Trip to Bountiful
[Play, Revival]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Apr 23, 2013 - Oct 09, 2013
Dividing the Estate
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Nov 20, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009
The Young Man from Atlanta
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Mar 27, 1997 - Jun 08, 1997
The Traveling Lady
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Oct 27, 1954 - Nov 20, 1954
The Trip to Bountiful
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Nov 03, 1953 - Dec 05, 1953
Two's Company
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Scenario for "Roundabout" by Horton Foote
Dec 15, 1952 - Mar 08, 1953
The Chase
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Apr 15, 1952 - May 10, 1952
Six O'Clock Theatre
[Play, One Act, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Apr 11, 1948 - Apr 18, 1948
Only the Heart
[Play, Original]
  • Written by Horton Foote
Apr 04, 1944 - May 13, 1944
The Coggerers
The Coggerers
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Robert Emmet]
The Red Velvet Goat
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Lorenzo]
Mr. Banks of Birmingham
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Chief Outourou's Brother]
Jan 20, 1939 - Closing date unknown
2009 Tony Award® Best Play
Dividing the Estate [nominee]
Written by Horton Foote
2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play
Horton Foote (for "Dividing the Estate") [nominee]
2006 Drama Desk Award Career Achievement Award
winner Horton Foote (for his bountiful body of work that sensitively explores the human condition) [winner]
1997 Tony Award® Best Play
The Young Man from Atlanta [nominee]
Written by Horton Foote
1995 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
winner The Young Man from Atlanta [winner]
Written by Horton Foote
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