Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits (1961), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, winning twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston to Oscar wins in different films.

Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career: sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. In addition, while most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making his films both more economical and more cerebral, with little editing needed.

Most of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a “heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed or "destructive alliances,” giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his themes also involved some of the "grand narratives" of the twentieth century, such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism and war.

Before becoming a Hollywood filmmaker, he had been an amateur boxer, reporter, short-story writer, portrait artist in Paris, a cavalry rider in Mexico, and a documentary filmmaker during World War II. Huston has been referred to as "a titan," "a rebel" and a "renaissance man," in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway," — a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." A statue of Huston, sitting in his directorial chair (pictured below), stands in Plaza John Huston Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Huston, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits (1961), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, winning twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston to Oscar wins in different films.

Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career: sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. In addition, while most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making his films both more economical and more cerebral, with little editing needed.

Most of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting a “heroic quest," as in Moby Dick, or The Red Badge of Courage. In many films, different groups of people, while struggling toward a common goal, would become doomed or "destructive alliances,” giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his themes also involved some of the "grand narratives" of the twentieth century, such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism and war.

Before becoming a Hollywood filmmaker, he had been an amateur boxer, reporter, short-story writer, portrait artist in Paris, a cavalry rider in Mexico, and a documentary filmmaker during World War II. Huston has been referred to as "a titan," "a rebel" and a "renaissance man," in the Hollywood film industry. Author Ian Freer describes him as "cinema's Ernest Hemingway," — a filmmaker who was "never afraid to tackle tough issues head on." A statue of Huston, sitting in his directorial chair (pictured below), stands in Plaza John Huston Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Huston, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 112

Birthday 1906-08-05

Day of Death 1987-08-28

Place of Birth Nevada, Missouri, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 The Other Side of the Wind as J.J. "Jake" Hannaford
2018 They'll Love Me When I'm Dead as Himself (archive footage)
2010 Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen as Himself (archive footage)
2006 Huston's Gamble as Himself - Stimme (Archivmaterial)
2005 Filmmakers vs. Tycoons as Himself (archive footage)
1997 Bogart: The Untold Story
1990 Welles' Language
1987 Mr. Corbett's Ghost as Soul Collector
1986 Momo as Meister Hora
1985 The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1985 The Black Cauldron as Narrator (voice)
1985 Epic as The Narrator (US version)
1984 Notes from Under the Volcano as Himself
1984 Buñuel as Himself
1983 A Minor Miracle as Father Cardenas
1983 Lovesick as Larry Geller, M.D.
1982 Creativity with Bill Moyers: John Huston as Interviewee
1982 Cannery Row as Narrator
1980 Head On as Clarke Hill
1980 The Return of the King as Gandalf
1979 City Lights: John Huston as Interviewee
1979 Wise Blood as Grandfather
1979 Jaguar Lives! as Ralph Richards
1979 Winter Kills as Pa Kegan
1979 The Visitor as Jerzy Colsowicz
1978 The Word (4 episodes) as Nathan Randall
1978 The Bermuda Triangle as Edward
1978 The Biggest Battle as Sean O'Hara
1977 The Hobbit as Gandalf the Grey
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (3 episodes) as Ambassador Henderson Granville
1977 Tentacles as Ned Turner
1976 Hollywood on Trial as Narrator
1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York as Professor Moriarty
1975 The Wind and the Lion as John Hay
1975 Breakout as Harris Wagner
1974 Chinatown as Noah Cross
1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes as The Lawgiver
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean as Grizzly Adams
1971 Man in the Wilderness as Captain Filmore Henry
1971 The Bridge in the Jungle
1970 The Deserter as General Miles
1970 Myra Breckinridge as Buck Loner
1970 The Unfinished Journey of Robert Kennedy as Narrator
1970 The Kremlin Letter as The Admiral
1969 A Walk with Love and Death as Robert the Elder
1969 De Sade as The Abbe
1968 Candy as Dr. Arnold Dunlap
1968 Rocky Road to Dublin as Himself
1967 Casino Royale as M / General MacTarry
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... as Noah
1964 On the Trail of the Iguana as Himself
1963 The Cardinal as Kardinal Glennon
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger as Lord Ashton (uncredited)
1962 Freud: The Secret Passion as Narrator
1961 The Misfits as Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited)
1956 Moby Dick as Barman
1953 The Academy Awards (4 episodes)
1951 The Screen Director as Himself
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (3 episodes)
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
1945 San Pietro as Narrator
1943 Report from the Aleutians as Narrator (voice)
1929 Hell's Heroes as Bit Role

Directing

1987 The Dead Director
1985 Prizzi's Honor Director
1984 Under the Volcano Director
1982 Annie Director
1981 Escape to Victory Director
1980 Phobia Director
1979 Wise Blood Director
1976 Independence Director
1975 The Man Who Would Be King Director
1973 The MacKintosh Man Director
1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Director
1972 Fat City Director
1970 The Kremlin Letter Director
1969 A Walk with Love and Death Director
1969 Sinful Davey Director
1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye Director
1967 Casino Royale Director
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... Director
1964 The Night of the Iguana Director
1963 The List of Adrian Messenger Director
1962 Freud: The Secret Passion Director
1961 The Misfits Director
1960 The Unforgiven Director
1958 The Roots of Heaven Director
1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha Director
1957 Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Director
1956 Moby Dick Director
1953 Beat the Devil Director
1952 Moulin Rouge Director
1951 The African Queen Director
1951 The Red Badge of Courage Director
1950 The Asphalt Jungle Director
1949 We Were Strangers Director
1948 Key Largo Director
1948 On Our Merry Way Director
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Director
1946 Let There Be Light Director
1945 San Pietro Director
1944 Tunisian Victory Director
1943 Report from the Aleutians Director
1942 Across the Pacific Director
1942 Winning Your Wings Director
1942 In This Our Life Director
1941 The Maltese Falcon Director

Writing

1988 Mr. North Writer
1975 The Man Who Would Be King Screenplay
1970 The Kremlin Letter Writer
1964 The Night of the Iguana Screenplay
1957 Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Screenplay
1956 Moby Dick Screenplay
1953 Beat the Devil Screenplay
1952 Moulin Rouge Screenplay
1951 The African Queen Screenplay
1951 The Red Badge of Courage Writer
1950 The Asphalt Jungle Screenplay
1949 We Were Strangers Screenplay
1948 Key Largo Screenplay
1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Screenplay
1946 Let There Be Light Writer
1946 Three Strangers Screenplay
1945 Know Your Enemy - Japan Writer
1943 Report from the Aleutians Writer
1941 The Maltese Falcon Screenplay
1941 Sergeant York Screenplay
1941 High Sierra Screenplay
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Screenplay
1939 Juarez Screenplay
1938 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Screenplay
1938 Jezebel Screenplay
1935 It Happened in Paris Writer
1935 Death Drives Through Story
1932 Law and Order Adaptation
1931 A House Divided Writer
1930 The Storm Dialogue

Production

1988 Mr. North Executive Producer
1972 Fat City Producer
1969 Sinful Davey Executive Producer
1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye Producer
1956 Moby Dick Producer
1953 Beat the Devil Producer
1952 Moulin Rouge Producer
1951 The Prowler Producer
1946 The Stranger Producer

Crew

1946 The Killers Additional Writing
1938 Jezebel Second Unit
1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue Additional Dialogue

Editing

1943 Report from the Aleutians Editor

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