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Arthur Housman
Housman in 1925
Born(1889-10-10)October 10, 1889
DiedApril 8, 1942(1942-04-08) (aged 52)
Years active1912–1941
Spouse(s)Florence Nightingale Housman (née Banta, formerly Morse)[1][2]

Arthur Housman (October 10, 1889 – April 8, 1942) was an American actor in films during both the silent film era and the Golden Age of Hollywood.


In 1917, he was working at the Mayfair Film Corporation.[3] During World War One, he served briefly in the Naval Reserve Force as a Fireman, 3rd class.[4]

Initially a leading man, Housman later became known as Hollywood's most familiar comic drunkard[5] in films of the 1930s, usually playing cameo parts in features but with better opportunities in short films. His best remembered roles were in several Laurel and Hardy films, notably Scram!, Our Relations and (in the title role) The Live Ghost. Housman was thought to have an offscreen drinking problem, as well, but he continued appearing in films until his death. His final role (again playing a drunk) was in the low-budget exploitation film Escort Girl made in 1941.


Housman died of pulmonary tuberculosis at age 52.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "United States Census, 1930, Florence N Housman in household of Arthur Housman". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1940, Florence Housman in household of Arthur Housman". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  3. ^ "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Arthur Housman, 1917-1918". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  4. ^ "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940, Arthur Housman, 29 Jan 1919". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  5. ^ Neibaur, James L. (2018). The Hal Roach Comedy Shorts of Thelma Todd, ZaSu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. McFarland. p. 87. ISBN 9781476672557. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994, Arthur Housman, 1942". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  7. ^ "The Edison Kinetogram". 1914.
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