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Jim Huston Memorial Award in Acting

Given by friends and alumni to honor the career of local stage and film actor, Jim Huston.  Jim Huston taught at Rice in the Theatre component of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts for two years (2006-08).  Jim was a devoted and talented actor and teacher, teaching introduction to acting and acting for film.  
Jim was the vice president of the Houston Screen Actors Guild Council in 2003 and branch president in 2004-09.  His many acting credits include supporting roles in About Laughter (1998 Sundance Film Festival), Crime of Passion (1997 Houston International Film Festival), and The Lamp (aka Outing). His television credits included The President's Man (CBS), Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS), Nash Bridges (CBS), Unsolved Mysteries (CBS), and Spenser for Hire (ABC).  His stage credits included Year of the Duck and Moonchildren (both off Broadway) as well as regional plays Gypsy, Cuckoo's Nest, All My Sons, Loss of Interest, Any Old Passion, and God's Man in Texas (just to name a few). 
Jim was a member of the Houston Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA national board member, Actors Equity member (25 years), and WIFT and Houston Film Coalition member.  He received two Excellence Awards from the ABC Entertainment Television Group, Talent Development Program, for the screenplays The Positive (2002) and Beyond Words (2003). He also received the "One of the Two Funniest Actors in Houston" distinction from the Houston Press in 1999.