Walter Huston, 66, one of the modern theater's greatest actors, died yesterday in his suite in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
He was the victim of a heart attack, his physician, Dr. Verne Mason, said.
The veteran actor was in excellent spirits and felt fine when he awoke Thursday—his 66th birthday.
He attended a birthday luncheon with some old friends, including Paul Kohner, his agent; Charles Kern, Robert Gordon and Kohner's 13-year-old daughter, Lupita. He laughed and told stories and was the life of the party.
But he passed up a dinner in his honor that night and went to bed with severe pains in the back. Dr. Mason was called,...