John Huston

Film Director + Screenwriter and Actor
Born Aug 5, 1906

John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for 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).… Read More

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1906 Birth John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. … Read More
1913 6 Years Old Huston's parents divorced in 1913, when he was 6, and as a result much of his childhood was spent living in boarding schools. … Read More


1931 24 Years Old …  In 1931, when he was 25, he moved back to Los Angeles with his hopes aimed at writing for the blossoming film industry, where the silent film industry had given way to "talkies", and writers were in demand. … Read More
1932 25 Years Old He received a script editing contract with Samuel Goldwyn Productions, but after six months of receiving no assignments, quit to work for Universal Studios, where his father was by then a star. At Universal, he got a job in the script department, and began by writing dialogue for a number of films in 1932, including Murders in the Rue Morgue, A House Divided, and Law and Order. … Read More
1933 26 Years Old Struck and killed a Hollywood actress and dancer, Diva Tosca Roulien, while driving on Sunset Boulevard on September 25, 1933. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old By 1937, after five years, the 31-year-old Huston returned to Hollywood intent on being a "serious writer." … Read More
1942 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1942, he directed two more hits, In This Our Life (1942), starring Bette Davis, and Across the Pacific, another thriller starring Humphrey Bogart.


1948 41 Years Old Also in 1948 he directed his next film, Key Largo, again with Humphrey Bogart starring. … Read More
1950 43 Years Old In 1950 he wrote and directed The Asphalt Jungle, a film which broke new ground by depicting criminals as somewhat sympathetic characters, simply doing their professional work, "an occupation like any other", or what Huston calls "a left-handed form of human endeavor." … Read More
1951 44 Years Old Huston visited Ireland in 1951 and stayed at Luggala, County Wicklow, the home of Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family. … Read More


1960 53 Years Old Between 1960 and 1971 he served as Master of Fox Hounds (MFH) of the County Galway Hunt – the famous "Galway Blazers" – whose kennels are at Craughwell.
1964 57 Years Old He renounced his U.S. citizenship and became an Irish citizen in 1964. … Read More


1978 71 Years Old A heavy smoker, he was diagnosed with emphysema in 1978. … Read More
1987 81 Years Old He died on August 28, 1987, in his rented home in Middletown, Rhode Island, from pneumonia as a complication of lung disease. … Read More
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