Howard Hawks

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Viewed as a competent director of successful genre pictures at the height of his career, Howard Hawks later came to be recognized as one of the greatest American filmmakers of the Hollywood studio era. After receiving ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1896 in Goshen, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Director (36)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Line 7000 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Hatari! 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Land of the Pharaohs 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Monkey Business 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

("The Ransom of Red Chief") (Director)

The Big Sky 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

I Was a Male War Bride 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Red River 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Sleep 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

To Have and Have Not 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Ball of Fire 1942 (Movie)

(Director)

Sergeant York 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

His Girl Friday 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Only Angels Have Wings 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

Bringing Up Baby 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Come and Get It 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

(Director)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

Tiger Shark 1932 (Movie)

(Director)

A Girl in Every Port (Movie)

(Director)

A Song Is Born (Movie)

(Director)

Air Force (Movie)

(Director)

Ceiling Zero (Movie)

(Director)

The Air Circus (Movie)

(Director)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

(Director)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

(Director)

The Road to Glory (Movie)

(Director)

Today We Live (Movie)

(Director)

Trent's Last Case (Movie)

(Director)

Viva Villa! (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (19)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red Line 7000 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hatari! 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Land of the Pharaohs 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Sky 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Thing 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Red River 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Sleep 1946 (Movie)

(Producer)

To Have and Have Not 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)

His Girl Friday 1940 (Movie)

(Producer)

Only Angels Have Wings 1939 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bringing Up Baby 1938 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twentieth Century 1934 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

(Producer)

Today We Live (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (7)

Switching Channels 1988 (Movie)

from film("His Girl Friday" (1940)) (Story By)

Red Line 7000 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

Only Angels Have Wings 1939 (Movie)

(From Story)

Ceiling Zero (Movie)

(Play Author)

Indianapolis Speedway (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

(Screen Story)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (4)

Ein Verdammt Gutes Leben 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

man on bed (Actor)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

Stunt Pilot (Actor)
Casting (1)

Underworld 1926 (Movie)

(Casting)
Other (3)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

film extract("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)) (Other)

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

film extract("The Big Sleep" (1946)) (Other)

The Last Picture Show 1971 (Movie)

film extract("Red River" (1948)) (Other)

Biography

Viewed as a competent director of successful genre pictures at the height of his career, Howard Hawks later came to be recognized as one of the greatest American filmmakers of the Hollywood studio era. After receiving his start in silent movies, Hawks worked in nearly every film genre imaginable, and collaborated with the greatest acting and writing talent of the day. "Scarface" (1932), scripted by Ben Hecht, set the standard for the gangster film, while the Cary Grant vehicles "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) and "His Girl Friday" (1940), as well as the Carole Lombard classic "Twentieth Century" (1934) became three of the most often imitated screwball comedies of all time. The wartime biopic "Sergeant York" (1941) earned Gary Cooper an Oscar and the drama "To Have and Have Not" (1944) introduced the world to the onscreen combo of Bogie and Bacall. Hawks worked with the likes of literary legend William Faulkner on the film noir "The Big Sleep" (1946) and forever altered the genre of science fiction with his terrifying production of "The Thing from Another World" (1951). The director boosted the careers of such screen icons as Marilyn Monroe in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) and reunited time and again with favored screenwriter Leigh Brackett on projects like the influential John Wayne Western "Rio Bravo" (1959). Telling his stories in a deceptively straightforward manner that belied the subtle artistry of his work, Hawks produced rousing adventures in which men were bound together by adversity, and raucous comedies, wherein the male's orderly world was hilariously undone by the free-spirited, sharp-tongued woman. Finally acknowledged for his contributions to film with an honorary Academy Award late in life, Hawks was more importantly recognized as a master craftsman by such auteur directors as Peter Bogdanovich, Brian de Palma and John Carpenter, whose admiration of Hawks exposed new generations to the varied works of the long undervalued filmmaker.

Relationships

Father

Grandfather

Nancy Gross

Wife
married December 1941 divorced in 1947 better known as Slim Keith mother of Hawks' daughter Kitty

Mary Hartford

Wife
married February 1953 real name was Donna Higgins

Athole Hawks

Wife
married in 1924 divorced in 1941 sister of film star Norma Shearer had recurring mental health problems

Kitty Hawks

Daughter
mother, Nancy Gross

Kenneth Hawks

Brother
killed in a plane crash c. 1930

William Hawks

Brother

Norma Shearer Actor

Sister-In-Law
during his first marriage from 1924-1941

EDUCATION

Pasadena High School

Pasadena , California
graduated

Phillips Exeter Academy

Exeter , New Hampshire

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York

Milestones

1969

Directed last film, "Rio Lobo" (also his last film with John Wayne)

1952

Made last of five films with Cary Grant, "Monkey Business"

1948

Made first of five films with John Wayne, "Red River"

1942

Produced first film which he did not direct, the war film "Corvette K-225", directed by Richard Rosson

1938

Made first of five films with Cary Grant, "Bringing Up Baby"

1930

First sound film, "The Dawn Patrol"

1926

Moved to Fox, made feature film directing debut with "The Road to Glory"

1924

Ran story department for Famous Players

1923

First feature film as producer and writer (story only), "Quicksands"

1922

First short film as director and screenwriter (self-financed)

1917

Began career as prop boy for Famous Players-Lasky

1917

Joined US Army Air Corps as flying instructor

1906

Moved to California with family

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