Howard Hughes

Producer, Director, Industrialist
Brilliantly innovative yet plagued by obsessive-compulsive tendencies and a reclusive bent, Howard Hughes epitomized unchecked ego at play in Hollywood during the first half of the twentieth century. Buying his way into ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1905 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Producer (11)

The Conqueror 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Underwater 1955 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Angel Face 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Born to Be Bad 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Outlaw 1943 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scarface 1932 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Front Page 1931 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hell's Angels 1929 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Arabian Knights 1926 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (2)

The Outlaw 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell's Angels 1929 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (1)

F for Fake 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Brilliantly innovative yet plagued by obsessive-compulsive tendencies and a reclusive bent, Howard Hughes epitomized unchecked ego at play in Hollywood during the first half of the twentieth century. Buying his way into the American film industry with his share of a family fortune, the 25-year-old struck gold after the advent of talking pictures by funding the successful "The Front Page" (1931) and "Scarface" (1932). Inspired by the heroics of World War I pilots, Hughes mounted "Hell's Angels" (1930) as a one-man show, writing, producing, directing and personally overseeing the extensive aerial photography; though the film was a critical success and a hit with moviegoers, Hughes lost millions due to overspending. He quit Hollywood in 1932 to spend the next decade testing experimental airplanes, breaking speed records and circumnavigating the globe by air. Surviving multiple plane crashes but plagued afterwards by an addiction to painkillers, he would direct one more film, "The Outlaw" (1943) starring Jane Russell, before buying controlling interest in RKO Pictures. Hughes' peculiarities and penchant for micro-management drove RKO to bankruptcy and the self-made billionaire retreated into a hermetic existence. Hughes lived the rest of his life in a series of hotel penthouses before dying aboard a private plane in April 1976. No less beguiling in death than he had been in life, Hughes retained a currency with the American public who remembered him as a mad genius brought down not by his most abject failures, but by his greatest achievements.

Relationships

Mother
died in spring of 1921

Chili Bouchier

Companion

Faith Domergue Actor

Companion

Billie Dove Actor

Companion

Katharine Hepburn Actor

Companion

Howard Hughes

Father
died in January 1924

Rupert Hughes

Uncle

Marian Marsh Actor

Companion

Terry Moore Actor

Wife
Met when Moore was 17 Secretly married 1949 when she was 18; marriage was kept secret for many years Divorced 1976 After his death, she was legally declared his widow by a court; in 2001, she claimed she never obtained a legal divorce

Debra Paget Actor

Companion

Jean Peters Actor

Wife
Met in 1946 married on May 13, 1957 divorced in 1971 last saw him in 1966

Ginger Rogers Actor

Companion

Norma Shearer Actor

Companion

Gene Tierney Actor

Companion

Olivia de Havilland Actor

Companion
Dated in 1930s No longer together

EDUCATION

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Rice Institute

Houston, Texas
now Rice University

Milestones

1966

Sold TWA holdings

1966

Became recluse; maintained control over $2.5 billion empire

1948

Took over RKO studio and theater chain

1947

Last formal public appearance

1946

Injured while flying plane he designed

1938

Flew around world in 91 hours, broke record time

1937

Broke transcontinental speed record

1935

Designed aircraft, broke world speed record

1932

Left Hollywood, became co-pilot under assumed name

1930

Debut as producer-director with "Hell's Angels"

1926

Debut as producer with "Everybody's Acting"

1926

Began investing in Hollywood films aged 20

Assumed management of Hughes Tool Company at age 18

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Congressional Medal Awarded by Washington upon return from record breaking flight around the world.

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