Housman in 1925
|Born||October 10, 1889|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 8, 1942 (aged 52)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Ellen Grubley (1919 - 1942) (his death)|
Initially a leading man, Housman later became known as Hollywood's most familiar comic drunkard 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 pneumonia at age 52. He was married to Ellen Grubley (31 July 1893 - 21 May 1960) from 1919 until his death in 1942.
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