A.E. “Buck” Houghton Jr., a producer from TV’s Golden Age whose credits included “The Twilight Zone,” died May 14 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from emphysema and ALS. He was 84.
Houghton first entered the film industry as a reader and story editor for David O. Selznick in the 1930s. He moved over to Paramount, working his way up to the casting office and then to the budget department. During World War II, he helped make films for the Office of War Information.
Following the war, Houghton assisted executive producers at RKO, and had a two-year stint as a story editor for MGM. He soon became involved in producing early TV dramas such as “China Smith,” “Meet McGraw,” “Yancy Derringer” and “Man with a Camera.”
Houghton reached a pinnacle in his career when he worked for Rod Serling and produced the first 39 episodes of “The Twilight Zone” in its original half-hour format. In 1963, he also produced “The Richard Boone Show” in collaboration with playwright Clifford Odets. Each week, a permanent troupe of actors portrayed different characters in a new play. Other credits include seasons of “High Chapparal,” “Harry O” and “Hawaii 5-O.”
Houghton is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren.