Mar 14, 1916
Wharton, Texas, USA
Mar 04, 2009
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Performer Writer
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.
The Trip to Bountiful (Apr 23, 2013 - Oct 09, 2013)
  • Written by Horton Foote
Dividing the Estate (Nov 20, 2008 - Jan 04, 2009)
  • Written by Horton Foote
The Young Man from Atlanta (Mar 27, 1997 - Jun 08, 1997)
  • Written by Horton Foote
The Traveling Lady (Oct 27, 1954 - Nov 20, 1954)
  • Written by Horton Foote
The Trip to Bountiful (Nov 03, 1953 - Dec 05, 1953)
  • Written by Horton Foote
Two's Company (Dec 15, 1952 - Mar 08, 1953)
  • Scenario for "Roundabout" by Horton Foote
The Chase (Apr 15, 1952 - May 10, 1952)
  • Written by Horton Foote
Six O'Clock Theatre (Apr 11, 1948 - Apr 18, 1948)
  • Written by Horton Foote
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Only the Heart (Apr 04, 1944 - May 13, 1944)
  • Written by Horton Foote
The Coggerers (Jan 20, 1939 - Closing date unknown)
  • The Coggerers
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Robert Emmet]
  • The Red Velvet Goat
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Lorenzo]
  • Mr. Banks of Birmingham
  • Performer: Horton Foote [Chief Outourou's Brother]

Tony Award®


Best Play

2009 | Nominee  | Dividing the Estate
Written by Horton Foote

Best Play

1997 | Nominee  | The Young Man from Atlanta
Written by Horton Foote

Pulitzer Prize

for Drama

1995 | Winner  | The Young Man from Atlanta
Written by Horton Foote

Drama Desk Award


Outstanding Play

2008 | Nominee
Horton Foote (for "Dividing the Estate")

Career Achievement Award

2006 | Winner
Horton Foote (for his bountiful body of work that sensitively explores the human condition)


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