From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edward Everett Horton (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character actor. He had a long career in film, theater, radio, television and voice work for animated cartoons. He is especially known for his work in the films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Description above from the Wikipedia article Edward Everett Horton, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.