Jim Hutton was a famous movie and television actor from New York. He was an emerging Hollywood star in the fifties, becoming extremely popular with teen audiences and considered to be the successor to Jimmy Stewart.
Jim Hutton died on June 2, 1979 from liver cancer at the age of forty five. The 1980 Academy Awards were dedicated to Jim Hutton.
Jim Hutton was born on May 31, 1934. He was born in Binghamton in New York. When he was born, his legal name was actually Dana James Hutton. During his childhood, he enjoyed sports and playing games with his friends.
When he was a young man, he joined the United States Army. He was sent to Germany. While he was in Germany, Hutton continued to pursue his interest in acting. He performed live theater while he was in Germany. During one of his performances, an American film director was in the audience. This film director, Douglas Sirk, recognized the passion and talent of Hutton’s performance. He recruited Hutton to begin work in Hollywood.
One of the major hurdles that Jim Hutton had to work through in Hollywood was his height. At approximately six feet and five inches, he was quite tall for Hollywood. However, he managed to book roles despite this slight disadvantage.
Hutton’s first major role in Hollywood was on the television series, "The Twilight Zone." He co-starred with another up and coming actor, Rod Taylor, in an episode that aired in 1959.
After that episode, Hutton’s next major break was in a college student film. This college student film, Where the Boys Are, was released in 1960. It helped Hutton gain popularity with the young adults and teenage audience. He acted in the movie with Paula Prentiss.
After the success of Where the Boys Are, Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton began to film a number of movies together. This was partially because the pair worked well together, and this was partially because Prentiss was an unusually tall actress. She was approximately five feet and ten inches. Thus, she matched up well with the tall Jim Hutton.
At the end of 1960, he filmed with Prentiss in the movie, The Honeymoon Machine. The movie was based on the Broadway play, The Golden Fleecing. The plot of the movie concerns three men who attempt to win the game of roulette, using a United States Navy computer. Jim Hutton played the role of Jason Eldridge.
After The Golding Fleecing, Hutton next starred in Bachelor in Paradise. He co-starred in this movie with Bob Hope, and Lana Turner. The film was a romantic comedy, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Original Song. Bob Hope was also nominated for a Golden Globe for a Best Actor.
In 1962, Hutton appeared in the film, The Horizontal Lieutenant. One of his major hit films was in 1966 when he starred in the movie, Walk, Don’t Run. The movie was a remake of a 1943 movie, The More the Merrier. The movie was the last feature film in which Cary Grant appeared.
In 1968, Hutton appeared in a John Wayne film, The Green Berets. In this film, Hutton played the character of “The Scrounger.” After this film, Hutton appeared in another John Wayne film, Hellfighters. He played the role of Greg Parker.
He was briefly married and had two children - a daughter and a son, Timothy Hutton, an acclaimed actor. During the seventies, Hutton moved almost exclusively to television. He appeared in made-for-television movies, and he also played a character on a television crime show. He died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 46.
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