~Walter Pidgeon~

Born: September 23, 1897 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Died: September 25, 1984 in Santa Monica, California, USA
~Biography~
MGM's resident "perfect gentleman," Canadian-born Walter Pidgeon was the son of a men's furnishing
store owner. Young Walter Pidgeon planned to follow his brothers into a military career, but was
invalided out of the service after a training accident. Pidgeon moved to Boston in 1919, where he worked
as a banker until the death of his first wife. He gave up the world of finance to study singing at the New
England Conservatory of Music, then in 1924 joined E.E. Clive's acting company. With the help of his
friend Fred Astaire, Pidgeon (using the stage name Walter Verne) was hired as the touring partner of
musical comedy star Elsie Janis; this led to his first Broadway appearance in Puzzles of 1925. Pidgeon
was signed by film producer Joseph Schenck for a string of silent-film leading-man assignments in 1926,
making his talkie debut in Universal's Melody of Love (1928). He starred or co-starred in several First
National/Warner Bros. musicals of the early-talkie era, but this stage of his movie career ended when the
musical craze petered out in 1931. Deciding to switch professional gears, Pidgeon returned to Broadway
in order to establish himself as a dramatic actor. He returned to Hollywood in 1936, spending most of the
next two decades at MGM, where he was cast opposite such stellar leading ladies as Jean Harlow, Myrna
Loy, Rosalind Russell, and Hedy Lamarr. His most famous screen teammate was Greer Garson; the
sophisticated twosome co-starred in seven films, including the Oscar-winning Mrs. Miniver. In the early
'40s, MGM made the most of Pidgeon's popularity by loaning him out to other studios. It was on one of
these loanouts to 20th Century Fox that the actor was cast in one of his favorite films, How Green Was My
Valley (the 1941 Oscar winner). In 1955, the same year that he starred in the sci-fi favorite Forbidden
Planet, Pidgeon hosted his home studio's TV anthology series The MGM Parade. After ending his 20-year
association with MGM, Pidgeon returned to Broadway, where he starred in The Happiest Millionaire and
Take Me Along. He continued accepting character assignments that intrigued him into the 1970s, notably
the brief role of Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl (1968). When asked if he minded that most of his screen
and TV assignments were secondary ones in his last two decades, Walter Pidgeon replied that he always
strove to follow the advice given to him by Lionel Barrymore: even when your character has nothing to
do, do nothing magnificently.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
Sextette (1978) ... The Chairman
Two-Minute Warning (1976) ... The Pickpocket
Gibbsville (TV Series) (1976)
- How Old, How Young (1976) ... Charles Kinsworth
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) ... Grayson's Butler
Ellery Queen (TV Series) (1976)
- The Adventure of the Disappearing Dagger (1976) ... Hamilton Drew
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (TV Movie) (1976) ... Judge Trenchard
Murder on Flight 502 (TV Movie) (1975) ... Charlie Parkins
You Lie So Deep, My Love (TV Movie) (1975) ... Uncle Joe Padway
Yellow-Headed Summer (rumored)(1974)
The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV Movie) (1974) ... John Pahlman
Live Again, Die Again (TV Movie) (1974) ... Thomas Carmichael
The Snoop Sisters (TV Series) (1974)
- Fear Is a Free-Throw (1974) ... Keith Follett
Harry in Your Pocket (1973) ... Casey
The Neptune Factor (1973) ... Dr. Samuel Andrews
Skyjacked (1972) ... Sen. Arne Lindner
The Screaming Woman (TV Movie) (1972) ... Dr. Amos Larkin
Dan August (TV Series) (1971)
- The Law (1971) ... Judge Anderson
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) (1971)
- A Passing of Torches (1971) ... Professor Bayliss
Bracken's World (TV Series) (1970)
- Diffusion (1970) ... Cameo
The Mask of Sheba (TV Movie) (1970) ... Dr. Max van Condon
House on Greenapple Road (TV Movie) (1970) ... Mayor Jack Parker

Medical Center (TV Series) (1969)
- The Fallen Image ... Ambassador Bill Evarts
Rascal (1969) ... Sterling North (voice)
Funny Girl (1968) ... Florenz Ziegfeld
The Vatican Affair (1968) ... Il professore Herbert Cummings - un studioso illustre di cose vaticane
The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series) (1968)
- My Pal Tony ... Jason Merrill
The F.B.I. (TV Series) (1967)
- The Executioners: Part 2 ... Leo Roland
- The Executioners: Part  ... Leo Roland
Warning Shot (1967) ...Orville Ames
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (TV Movie) (1967) ... Lewis Gannet
Cinderella (TV Movie) (1965) ... King
Burke's Law (TV Series) (1965)
- Who Killed Mother Goose? ... B.G. Perkins
Daniel Boone (TV Series) (1964)
- Not in Our Stars ... Lord Dunsmore
Mr. Kingston (TV Movie) (1964)
The Reporter (TV Series) (1964)
- Rachel's Mother
Dr. Kildare (TV Series) (1964)
- Never Too Old for the Circus ... Dr. Charles Priest
Anniversary(1963) ... Narrator
Breaking Point (TV Series)(1963)
- The Gnu, Now Almost Extinct ... Leon Manville
Perry Mason (TV Series) (1963)
- The Case of the Surplus Suitor ... Sherman Hatfield
Two Colonels (1963) ... Colonello Timothy Henderson
Big Red (1962) ... James Haggin
Advise & Consent (1962) ...Senate Majority Leader Bob Munson
Rawhide (TV Series) (1962)
- Reunion ... General Augustus Perry
Checkmate (TV Series) (1962)
- Death Beyond Recall ... John Baker
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) ... Adm. Harriman Nelson

Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (1958 - 1959)
- King of the Valley (1959) ... Dave King
- Pressure Point (1958) ... Jess Clark
Meet Me in St. Louis (TV Movie) (1959) ... Mr. Alonzo Smith
Swiss Family Robinson (TV Movie) (1958) ... Father
The Rack (1956) ... Col. Edward W. Hall, Sr.
These Wilder Years (1956) ... James Rayburn
Forbidden Planet (1956) ... Dr. Morbius
The Glass Slipper (1955) .. Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Hit the Deck (1955) ... Rear Adm. Daniel Xavier Smith
Deep in My Heart (1954) ... J.J. Shubert
The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) ... James Ellswirth
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954) ... Comdr. Kent Dowling
Executive Suite (1954) ... Frederick Y. Alderson
Dream Wife (1953) ... Walter McBride
Scandal at Scourie (1953) ... Patrick J. McChesney
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) ... Harry Pebbel
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) ... Frederick Kellerman
The Sellout (1952) ... Haven D. Allridge
The Unknown Man (1951) ... Dwight Bradley Masen
Quo Vadis (1951) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951) ... Maj. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Soldiers Three (1951) ... Col. Brunswick
The Miniver Story (1950) ... Clem Miniver

That Forsyte Woman (1949) ... Young Jolyon Forsyte
The Red Danube (1949) ... Col. Michael S. 'Hooky' Nicobar
Command Decision (1948) ... Major General Roland Goodlow Kane
Julia Misbehaves (1948) ... William Sylvester Packett
If Winter Comes (1947) ... Mark Sabre
Cass Timberlane (1947) ... Walter Pidgeon - Party Guest (uncredited)
The Secret Heart (1946) ... Chris Matthews
Holiday in Mexico (1946) ... Jeffrey Evans
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) ... Chip Collyer
Mrs. Parkington (1944) ... Major Augustus Parkington
Madame Curie (1943) ... Pierre Curie
The Youngest Profession (1943) ... Walter Pidgeon
White Cargo (1942) ... Harry Witzel
Mrs. Miniver (1942) ... Clem Miniver
Design for Scandal (1941) ... Jeff Sherman
How Green Was My Valley (1941) ... Mr. Gruffydd
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) ... Sam Gladney
Man Hunt (1941) ... Captain Alan Thorndike
Flight Command (1940) ... Squadron Cmdr. Billy Gary
Sky Murder (1940) ... Nick Carter
Phantom Raiders (1940) ... Nick Carter
Dark Command (1940) ... William 'Will' Cantrell
It's a Date (1940) ... John Arlen
The House Across the Bay (1940) ... Tim
I Take This Woman (1940) ... Phil Mayberry (scenes deleted)

Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) ... Nick Carter / Robert Chalmers
Stronger Than Desire (1939) ... Tyler Flagg
6,000 Enemies (1939) ... Steve Donegan
Society Lawyer (1939) ... Christopher Durant
Listen, Darling (1938) ... Richard Thurlow
Too Hot to Handle (1938) ... Bill Dennis
The Shopworn Angel (1938) ... Sam Bailey
The Girl of the Golden West (1938) ... Jack Rance
Man-Proof (1938) ... Alan Wythe
A Girl with Ideas (1937) ... Mickey McGuire
My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937) ... Ken Morley
Saratoga (1937) ... Hartley Madison
As Good as Married (1937) ... Fraser James
Girl Overboard (1937) ... Paul Stacey
She's Dangerous (1937) ... Dr. Scott Logan
Fatal Lady (1936) ... David Roberts
Big Brown Eyes (1936) ... Richard Morey
Good Badminton (Short) (1934) ... Walter
Journal of a Crime (1934) ... Florestan
The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) ... Lucy's Lover
Rockabye (1932) ... Al Howard
The Hot Heiress (1931) ... Clay
Kiss Me Again (1931) ... Paul de St. Cyr
Going Wild (1930) ... 'Ace' Benton
Viennese Nights (1930) ... Franz von Renner
The Gorilla (1930) ... Arthur Marsden
Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930) ... Lord Varney
Bride of the Regiment (1930) ... Col. Vultow
Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) ... Walter Pidgeon - Premiere Emcee (uncredited)

A Most Immoral Lady(1929) ... Tony Williams
Her Private Life(1929) ... Ned Thayer
The Voice Within (1929)
Melody of Love (1928) .... Jack Clark
... aka Madelon
Clothes Make the Woman (1928) .... Victor Trent
Turn Back the Hours (1928) .... Philip Drake
... aka The Badge of Courage
Woman Wise (1928) .... United States Consul
The Gateway of the Moon (1928) .... Arthur Wyatt
The Thirteenth Juror (1927) .... Richard Marsden
The Gorilla (1927) .... Stevens
Sumuru (1927) .... Paul Sinclair
... aka The Girl from Rio
Heart of Salome (1927) .... Monte Carroll
Marriage License? (1926) .... Paul
Miss Nobody (1926) .... Bravo
Old Loves and New (1926) .... Clyde Lord Geradine
The Outsider (1926) .... Basil Owen
Mannequin (1926) .... Martin Innesbrook