John Huston

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Without a doubt one of the most influential, prolific directors of any era, John Huston's reach spanned several decades and numerous film genres that displayed vast imagination while focusing on characters struggling ... Read more »
Born: 08/05/1906 in Nevada, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

The Other Side of the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pele Eterno 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words In Progress 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Television Makers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

John Huston & The Dubliners 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Momo 1985 (Movie)

Hora (Actor)

Mr. Corbett's Ghost 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rufino Tamayo: The Sources of His Art 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Black Cauldron 1985 (Movie)

Narration(Prologue) (Narrator)

Flight of the Whooping Crane 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Narrator

Angela 1983 (Movie)

Hogan (Actor)

Lovesick 1983 (Movie)

Larry Geller M D (Actor)

Notes From Under the Volcano 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Observations Under the Volcano 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Minor Miracle 1982 (Movie)

Father Bud Cadenas (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Visitor 1980 (Movie)

Jersey Colsowitz (Actor)

Agee 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Head On 1979 (Movie)

Clarke Hill (Actor)

Jaguar Lives! 1979 (Movie)

Ralph R Richards (Actor)

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Wise Blood 1979 (Movie)

Hazel's Grandfather (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Pa Kegan (Actor)

The Great Battle 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rhinemann Exchange 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Tentacoli 1976 (Movie)

Ned Turner (Actor)

Breakout 1975 (Movie)

Harris Wagner (Actor)

Hollywood on Trial 1975 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

Noah Cross (Actor)

The Wind and the Lion 1974 (Movie)

John Hay (Actor)

Battle For the Planet of the Apes 1973 (Movie)

The Lawgiver (Actor)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Grizzly Adams (Actor)

Man in the Wilderness 1971 (Movie)

Captain Henry (Actor)

La Spina Dorsale del Diavola 1970 (Movie)

General Miles (Actor)

Myra Breckinridge 1970 (Movie)

Buck Loner (Actor)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

Admiral (Actor)

A Walk With Love and Death 1969 (Movie)

Robert the Elder (Actor)

The Bridge in the Jungle 1969 (Movie)

Sleigh (Actor)

Candy 1968 (Movie)

Dr Dunlap (Actor)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

McTarry (Actor)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

The Cardinal 1963 (Movie)

Cardinal Glennon (Actor)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

Huntsman (Actor)

The Battle of San Pietro 1944 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Bacall on Bogart (TV Show)

Actor

Hell's Heroes (Movie)

(Actor)

Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Show)

Actor

The Bermuda Triangle (Movie)

Edward (Actor)

The Hobbit (TV Show)

Voice

The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (TV Show)

Narrator

The Storm (Movie)

(Actor)

We Were Strangers (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)
Director (39)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Under the Volcano 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Annie 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Phobia 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Wise Blood 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Independence 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Would Be King 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mackintosh Man 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

A Walk With Love and Death 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Sinful Davey 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Casino Royale 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bible 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Night of the Iguana 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Freud 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Misfits 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Unforgiven 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Barbarian and the Geisha 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Roots of Heaven 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The African Queen 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Badge of Courage 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

The Battle of San Pietro 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Across the Pacific 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

The Maltese Falcon 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

In This Our Life (Movie)

(Director)

We Were Strangers (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (29)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Would Be King 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Kremlin Letter 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Night of the Iguana 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The African Queen 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Red Badge of Courage 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Key Largo 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Battle of San Pietro 1944 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sergeant York 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Maltese Falcon 1941 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Juarez 1939 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jezebel 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

In This Our Life (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Killers (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Storm (Movie)

(Dialogue Writer)

The Stranger (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Three Strangers (Movie)

(Screen Story)

Three Strangers (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

We Were Strangers (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (6)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fat City 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Walk With Love and Death 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (1)

The Battle of San Pietro 1944 (Movie)

commentary (Other)

Biography

Without a doubt one of the most influential, prolific directors of any era, John Huston's reach spanned several decades and numerous film genres that displayed vast imagination while focusing on characters struggling for individuality despite constraints from the world around them. Huston led quite an adventurous life even before he began his Hollywood career, often recalling his days as a boxer, Mexican cavalry officer and avid horseback rider in many of his films. His offscreen life was just as colorful, including a number of affairs and marriages with various women and fathering several children, some of whom - Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston - became famous in their own right. After a false start as a screenwriter in the early days of talkies, Huston re-emerged in the late-1930s as a successful contract writer who penned such hits as "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" (1938), "Sergeant York" (1941) and "High Sierra" (1941). During this time, he developed a strong working collaboration with Humphrey Bogart, who became a major star following his turn in Huston's directorial debut, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941), one of the best film noirs ever made. The two had even greater success with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" (1948), which earned Huston and his father, actor Walter Huston, Academy Awards. From there, the director entered into what became his most fruitful period, helming such long-held classics as "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) and "The African Queen" (1952), which delivered Bogie his only Oscar. After the uneven adaptation of Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" (1956) and the plagued production of "The Misfits" (1961), famously known as the last screen roles for stars Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, Huston entered into a fallow period that saw few commercial hits, but a few critical triumph like "Fat City" (1972) and "The Man Who Would Be King" (1975). He also began acting later in his career, turning in an acclaimed supporting performance in "The Cardinal" (1963) while being best remembered for his portrayal of the vile Noah Cross in "Chinatown" (1974). In the last decade of his life, Huston returned to critical and box office prominence with "Prizzi's Honor" (1985), which earned daughter Anjelica an Academy Award, making the Hustons the first family to win Oscars in three successive generations. As for Huston himself, he left behind a compelling legacy that included an adventurous life, a rather sordid series of romances and heartbreaks, and a career that cemented him as arguably the greatest director in Hollywood history.

Relationships

Lesley Black

Wife
English met in 1935 gave birth to stillborn daughter in 1939 divorced

Suzanne Flon

Companion
appeared in "Moulin Rouge"

Rhea Gore

Mother
born c. 1881 married Huston's father on December 31, 1904 divorced in 1912

John Gore

Grandfather
died in 1913

Adelia Gore

Grandmother
helped to raise Huston

Dorothy Harvey

Wife
high school sweetheart married c. 1928 divorced in 1932 reportedly was an alcoholic

Olivia Havilland

Companion
had relationship in early 1940s reunited in the 1950s after her divorce

Maricela Hernandez

Companion
met c. 1974 when she was 23 years old the film "The Dead" was dedicated to her

Anjelica Huston Actor

Daughter
born on July 8, 1951 mother, Enrica Soma debut in father's film, "Sinful Davey" (1969) at age 16 later directed by him in the disastrous "A Walk With Love and Death" (1969), "Prizzi's Honor" (1985), for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and "The Dead" (1987)

Danny Huston Actor

Child
Born on May 14, 1962 mother, Zoe Sallis

Walter Huston Actor

Parent
Born on April 6, 1884 married Huston's mother on December 31, 1904 divorced in 1912 acted in son's directorial debut "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and later won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) died on April 7,

Allegra Huston

Daughter
daughter of Enrica Soma and a titled Englishman, conceived during Soma's separation from Huston after Soma's death, Huston raised her as his own child

Jack Huston Actor

Grandson
Born Dec. 7, 1982 to Tony Huston and Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley

Pablo Huston

Son
adopted

Tony Huston

Son
born on April 15, 1950 mother, Enrica Soma acted in "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963) and wrote screenplay for "The Dead" (1987)

Zita Johann Actor

Companion
had relationship in the 1930s

Evelyn Keyes Actor

Wife
Married in 1946 divorced in 1950 died in 2008

Zoe Sallis

Companion
involved in the 1960s mother of Danny Huston

Celeste Shane

Wife
married in 1972 divorced in 1975

Enrica Soma

Wife
born c. 1930 married from 1950 until her death in an auto accident in 1969 separated in 1962 gave birth to daughter Allegra (fathered by a titled Englishman) during separation mother of Huston's two oldest children, Tony and Anjelica

Marietta Tree

Companion

Olivia de Havilland Actor

Companion
Briefly involved in 1940s and later in 1950s after her divorce

EDUCATION

Smith School of Art

Los Angeles , California

attended high school in Los Angeles, California until he dropped out aged 15

Milestones

1988

Produced and scripted "Mr. North"; had been set to direct but became too ill; son Danny replaced him at the helm

1987

Directed last film, "The Dead"; daughter Anjelica offered memorable performance; son Tony wrote the screenplay based on the James Joyce story

1985

Earned final Oscar nomination for the black comedy "Prizzi's Honor"; daughter Anjelica received the Best Supporting Actress statue for her turn as a Mafia princess

1984

Realized a long-held dream to film "Under the Volcano" with Albert Finney in the lead

1982

Directed first screen musical, the overproduced boxoffice disappointment "Annie", based on the hit Broadway musical

1979

Helmed "Wise Blood", adapted from Flannery O'Connor's novel; also acted the role of Hazel's grandfather

1975

Received 13th Academy Award nomination for script of "The Man Who Would Be King", adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story; also directed

1974

Delivered memorable turn as the nasty Noah Cross in "Chinatown"

1972

Directed the superb boxing-themed drama "Fat City"

1969

Acted in the camp classic "Myra Breckinridge"

1968

Directed daughter Anjelica in the lead of the medieval romance "A Walk With Love and Death"; also acted

1967

Produced and directed "Reflections in a Golden Eye"

1966

Played Noah and provided the voice of God in "The Bible"; also directed

1964

Helmed the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana", featuring Ava Gardner, Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr

1963

Co-starred in "The Cardinal"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1962

Guided Clift through the title role of "Freud"

1961

Directed "The Misfits", scripted by Arthur Miller and co-starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift

1957

Earned Academy Award nomination for contributions to script of "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"; also directed

1956

Produced, wrote and directed "Moby Dick", adapted from Herman Melville's classic novel

1952

Garnered yet another Oscar nomination for direction of "Moulin Rouge", the biopic of artist Toulouse-Lautrec

1951

Wrote and directed "The African Queen"; garnered two more Academy Award nominations; star Humphrey Bogart received Best Actor Oscar

1950

Earned dual Oscar nods for writing and directing "The Asphalt Jungle"

1948

Received Oscars as Best Director and for Best Screenply for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; father Walter won Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for same film

1944

Returned to Hollywood and did uncredited work on the screenplays of "The Killers" and "The Stranger" (both 1946)

1941

Became a lieutenant with Signal Corps

1940

Debut as film director with "The Maltese Falcon"; also scripted; first screen collaboration with Humphrey Bogart; father Walter appeared in small part; received Oscar nomination for screenplay

1940

Co-wrote the biopic "Sergeant York"; shared Academy Award nomination for script

1940

Earned first Academy Award nomination for contributions to script of "Doctor Ehrlich's Magic Bullet"

1935

Made contract writer at Warner Bros.

1932

Left Hollywood

1929

Made acting debut with uncredited appearance in "Hell's Heroes"

1928

Resigned commission

1917

Moved to L.A. for health reasons

1909

Stage acting debut at age three (date approximate)

Moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s, debut as screenwriter with Samuel Goldwyn on projects like 1932's "Law and Order", "Murder in the Rue Morgue" and "A House Divided"

Became reporter with New York Graphic

Became boxer at age 14, won Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship in California

Promoted to major

Professional stage acting debut at age 19

Made several documentaries while in the military including "Report From the Aleutians" (1943) and "Let There Be Light" (1945)

After parents' separated, moved to Texas with mother

Moved to Mexico, became calvary officer

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Legion of Merit for bravery during WWII.

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