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|Born||October 10, 1889|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||April 8, 1942 (aged 52)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Florence Nightingale Housman (née Banta, formerly Morse)|
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.
- What Happened to Mary (1912, Short) - Principal Comedian
- Jack's Joke (1913, Short) - Ned Brown, His Chum
- It May Be You (1915)
- The Simp and the Sophomores (1915)
- Pennington's Choice (1915)
- Hypno and Trance (1915)
- Red, White and Blue Blood (1917)
- Brown of Harvard (1918)
- With Neatness and Dispatch (1918)
- Back to the Woods (1918)
- The Gay Lord Quex (1919)
- The End of the Road (1919)
- A Fool and His Money (1920)
- The Flapper (1920)
- The Point of View (1920)
- The Road of Ambition (1920)
- The Blooming Angel (1920)
- Is Life Worth Living? (1921)
- Clay Dollars (1921)
- Room and Board (1921)
- The Way of a Maid (1921)
- The Fighter (1921)
- Worlds Apart (1921)
- The Snitching Hour (1922)
- Love's Masquerade (1922)
- Shadows of the Sea (1922)
- Destiny's Isle (1922)
- Why Announce Your Marriage? (1922)
- The Prophet's Paradise (1922)
- Wife in Name Only (1923)
- Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model (1924)
- The Masked Dancer (1924)
- The Bat (1926)
- The Midnight Kiss (1926)
- Early to Wed (1926)
- Love Makes 'Em Wild (1927)
- Rough House Rosie (1927)
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
- Publicity Madness (1927)
- The Singing Fool (1928)
- Sins of the Fathers (1928)
- Queen of the Night Clubs (1929)
- Times Square (1929)
- Fast Company (1929)
- Song of Love (1929)
- The Squealer (1930)
- Feet First (1930)
- Officer O'Brien (1930)
- The Girl of the Golden West (1930)
- Anybody's Blonde (1931)
- Scram! (1932) (Short Subject)
- No More Orchids (1932)
- Stepping Sisters (1932)
- Movie Crazy (1932)
- The Intruder (1933)
- Her Bodyguard (1933)
- I Believed in You (1934)
- Babes in the Goods (1934) (Short Subject)
- Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
- The Live Ghost (1934) (Short Subject)
- Here Is My Heart (1934)
- Punch Drunks (1934) (Short Subject)
- The Fixer Uppers (1935) (Short Subject)
- Our Relations (1936)
- With Love and Kisses (1936)
- Racing Blood (1936)
- Youth Takes a Fling (1938)
- The Flying Deuces (1939)
- Go West (1940) as Drunk in Saloon (uncredited)
- Billy The Kid (1941)
- Escort Girl (1941)
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- "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940, Arthur Housman, 29 Jan 1919". FamilySearch. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
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