Newton House

Active - 1925 - 1939  |   Born - Jan 1, 1864   |   Died - Jan 1, 1948   |   Genres - Drama, Western, Romance, War, Historical Film

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

The son of stunt man Jack House, American trick rider and junior star Newton House began his screen career playing Hoot Gibson as a child in The Riding Kid From Powder River (1924). Universal remembered the fresh-faced, freckled youngster when they decided to compete with rival studio FBO's popular Buzz Barton Westerns. Young House was advertised as the "Champion Boy Rider" and put through the paces in 13 Western two-reelers directed by studio hacks Josef Levigard, Walter Fabian, and Lewis Collins. Although popular with kids and rural audiences, House's career collapsed completely after the advent of sound and he spent the remainder of his career in bit parts. Giving up acting in 1940, House became a makeup artist and later founded his own grain business. Long in retirement, Newton House died of a heart ailment; he was survived by siblings Donald, Dorothy (the widow of actor Andy Devine), and Jimmy, all of whom had appeared in films in the late '20s.

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