Walter Thomas Huston (April 5, 1883 - April 7, 1950) was a Canadian-born American actor. He was the father of actor and director John Huston and the grandfather of actress Anjelica Huston and actor Danny Huston. Huston was born in Toronto, Ontario the son of Elizabeth and Robert Moore Huston, a provincial farmer who founded a construction company. He was of Scottish and Irish descent. His family moved from Orangeville, Ontario before his birth where they were farmers.. Huston was an engineer who moved to the United States to work and eventually changed careers to acting. Huston began his Broadway career in 1924. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he achieved fame in character roles. His first major role was in 1929's The Virginian with Gary Cooper.