Edward Everett Horton, born 130 years ago today in Brooklyn, New York, was one of a small cadre of character actors—we’d include Roland Young and Charles Ruggles in that select group—who could be counted upon to provide a boost to any movie comedy of the 1930s and ’40s in which they appeared, and happily, he seems to turn up in about every third film from that era.
Among the classic films he appears are pictures such as Holiday (both the 1930 and 1938 versions!), The Front Page (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1933), Design for Living (1933), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace, and the list goes on and on. He also worked extensively in television, including his gig as the narrator of Fractured Fairy Tales on Rocky and His Friends.
Happy birthday, Mr. Horton, wherever you may be!