John Huston
American film director, screenwriter and actor
John Huston
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).
Biography
John Huston's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Photo Albums
Popular photos of John Huston
News
News abour John Huston from around the web
Champions Tour Statistics - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
3, John Huston, 4.55. 4, Tom Lehman, 4.54. 5, Tom Watson, 4.43. 6, Mark O'Meara, 4.40. 7, Nick Price, 4.38. 8 (tie), John Cook, Bernhard Langer and Corey Pavin, 4.37. 1, Olin Browne, 91.6. 2, John Huston, 99.0. 3 (tie), Mark Calcavecchia and Keith
Article Link:
Google News article
Hurricane movies to watch this weekend - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
Google News - over 5 years
This 1949 film directed by John Huston was adapted from Maxwell Anderson's 1939 play of the same name. It centers on an Army vet (Bogie) who visits his old friend's hotel in Key Largo and finds a ruthless gangster (Edward G. Robinson) has hijacked the
Article Link:
Google News article
USPS celebrates John Huston -- and Baltimore's Dashiell Hammett - Baltimore Sun (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Saying "there has never been a greater storyteller in American movies" than director John Huston, the USPS will issue its third classic-filmmaker stamp to the man who made "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The African Queen" and "The Man Who
Article Link:
Google News article
USPS stamp honors Hollywood director John Huston - abc7.com
Google News - over 5 years
This undated handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows the forever stamp honoring film director John Huston, part of the Great Film Directors series. The stamp will be issued in 2012. (AP Photo / USPS) LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Legendary
Article Link:
Google News article
Postal stamp honors Hollywood director John Huston - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
AP LOS ANGELES -- Legendary Hollywood film director John Huston is being honored with a postage stamp. The US Postal Service says the Oscar-winning director of 1948's "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" says the stamp will be issued next year
Article Link:
Google News article
The 100 Essential Directors Part 4: Samuel Fuller - John Huston - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
From bold, opinionated Hollywood voices to those who essentially created the language of cinema, today will shed light on kings of genre like Samuel Fuller, through lions like the legendary John Huston. Underrated: Park Row (1952)
Article Link:
Google News article
3M Championship, Round 1 notes: How low can they go? - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
John Huston watched his shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the 3M Championship. Photo: Andy King, Associated Press Here we go again. Jay Haas and John Huston took the first-round lead with a pair of 8-under-par 64s at TPC Twin Cities in ... - -
Article Link:
Google News article
The Kremlin Letter DVD Review - HeyUGuys.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The letter is, unsurprisingly perhaps, something of a macguffin and directer John Huston, who was also instrumental in penning the adaptation from the Noel Behn novel on which it is based, uses this somewhat fruitless quest as a way of spinning an
Article Link:
Google News article
MSDC looks to China - The Marshall Democrat-News
Google News - over 5 years
From left to right, John Huston of Wood & Huston Bank, Stan Moore of Bank Midwest, Robbie Fuchs of Community Bank of Marshall and MSDC President Jene Crook. The Marshall-Saline Development Corporation passed a motion to join the Midwest US China
Article Link:
Google News article
Movie director John Hustons's Irish mansion for sale for $28 million - Irish Central
Google News - over 5 years
Legendary movie producer John Huston's Irish mansion just outside Dublin is for sale – for a cool $28million. Courtown Demesne is just 30 minutes from the capital's city centre and is a stunning property set on 433 acres of glorious mature parkland
Article Link:
Google News article
Legendary Actor/Director John Huston's Ireland Estate Listed at $28 Million - JustLuxe.com
Google News - over 5 years
Courtown Demesne, a historic estate in Ireland owned by legendary film actor and director John Huston, has been listed for sale via Christie's International Real Estate for a price sources put at about $28 million. In the 1950s the impressive mansion
Article Link:
Google News article
Now 50, senior status suits John Huston to a tee - The Birmingham News - al.com
Google News - over 5 years
A girl is the reason that John Huston found his way to Auburn in 1981. Before that, the seven-time winner on the PGA Tour and the winner two weeks ago of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour went to Alexander City Community College,
Article Link:
Google News article
Cook ties Huston for first-round lead - Montreal Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
It was obvious in the course-record tying 9-underpar 63 he fired for a share of the first-round lead with playing partner John Huston Friday. "I enjoyed myself a lot last year," said Cook. "I knew the course (coming in) and today was a perfect day. ... - -
Article Link:
Google News article
Cook, Huston shoot 63s in Montreal Championship - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
AP BLAINVILLE, Quebec -- John Cook and John Huston shot 9-under 63s on Friday to match the course record and share the first-round lead in the Montreal Championship, the Champions Tour's lone Canadian event. Cook, a two-time winner this year,
Article Link:
Google News article
Huston, we have no problem! John gets 1st Champs win - Baltimore Sun
Google News - over 5 years
"But I will say also, congratulations to John Huston. He played great." Peter Senior (67), Peter Jacobsen (68), Ted Schulz (68) and Jay Don Blake (70) tied for sixth at 10-under 206. NOTES: Huston pocketed $262500 for the win...Hale Irwin tied for 10th ... - -
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Huston
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 80
    He died on August 28, 1987, in his rented home in Middletown, Rhode Island, from pneumonia as a complication of lung disease.
    More Details Hide Details Huston is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood with his mother. The moving image collection of John Huston is held at the Academy Film Archive. The film material at the Academy Film Archive is complimented by production files, photographs, and personal correspondence found in the John Huston papers, 1932-1981, at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.
  • 1978
    Age 71
    A heavy smoker, he was diagnosed with emphysema in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details By the last year of his life he could not breathe for more than twenty minutes without needing oxygen.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1964
    Age 57
    He renounced his U.S. citizenship and became an Irish citizen in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details His daughter Anjelica attended school in Ireland at Kylemore Abbey for a number of years. A film school is now dedicated to him on the NUIG campus. Huston was an accomplished painter who wrote in his autobiography, "Nothing has played a more important role in my life". As a young man he studied at the Smith School of Art in Los Angeles but dropped out within a few months. He later studied at the Art Students League of New York. He painted throughout his life and had studios in each of his homes. He had owned a wide collection of art, including a notable collection of Pre-Columbian art.
  • 1960
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details
  • FORTIES
  • 1951
    Age 44
    Huston visited Ireland in 1951 and stayed at Luggala, County Wicklow, the home of Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family.
    More Details Hide Details He visited Ireland several times afterwards and on one of these visits he purchased and restored a Georgian home, St Clerans, of Craughwell, County Galway.
  • 1950
    Age 43
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Huston achieved that effect by giving "deep attention" to the plot, involving a large jewelry theft, by examining the minute, step by step details and difficulties each of the characters had of carrying it out. In doing so, some critics felt that Huston had achieved an almost "documentary" style. Film critic Andrew Sarris considered it to be "Huston's best film", and the film that made Marilyn Monroe a recognized actress. Sarris also notes the similar themes in many of Huston's films, as exemplified by this one: "His protagonists almost invariably fail at what they set out to do." This theme was also similar to the story in Treasure of the Sierra Madre, where greed became the cause of the group's undoing. It starred Sterling Hayden and Huston's personal friend, Sam Jaffe. It also became the first serious role for Marilyn Monroe, according to Huston: "it was, of course, where Marilyn Monroe got her start." The film succeeded at the box office and Huston was again nominated for an Oscar for best screenplay and best director, along with winning the Screen Directors Guild Award. It would subsequently become a model for many similar movies by other filmmakers.
  • 1948
    Age 41
    Also in 1948 he directed his next film, Key Largo, again with Humphrey Bogart starring.
    More Details Hide Details It was the story about a disillusioned returning veteran clashing with gangsters on a remote Florida key. It co-starred Lauren Bacall, Claire Trevor, Edward G. Robinson, and Lionel Barrymore. The film was an adaptation of the stage play by Maxwell Anderson, and the film itself seemed overly stage-bound for many viewers. However, the "outstanding performances" by all the actors saved the film, and Claire Trevor won an Oscar for best supporting actress. Huston was annoyed that the studio cut several scenes from the final release without his agreement. That, along with some earlier disputes, angered Huston enough that he left the studio when his contract expired.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1942
    Age 35
    In 1942 he served in the United States Army during World War II to make films for the Army Signal Corps.
    More Details Hide Details While in uniform with the rank of captain, he directed and produced three films that some critics rank as "among the finest made about World War II: Report from the Aleutians (1943), about soldiers preparing for combat; The Battle of San Pietro (1945), the story (censored by the Army) of a failure by America's intelligence agencies which resulted in many deaths, and Let There Be Light (1946), about psychologically damaged veterans, also censored for 35 years, until 1981. He rose to the rank of major and received the Legion of Merit award for "courageous work under battle conditions." Nonetheless, all of his films made for the Army were "controversial", and either not released, censored, or banned outright, as they were considered "demoralizing" to soldiers and the public. Years later, after moving to Ireland, his daughter, actress Anjelica Huston, recalled that the "main movies we watched were the war documentaries."
    In 1942, he directed two more hits, In This Our Life (1942), starring Bette Davis, and Across the Pacific, another thriller starring Humphrey Bogart.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1937
    Age 30
    By 1937, after five years, the 31-year-old Huston returned to Hollywood intent on being a "serious writer."
    More Details Hide Details He also married Lesley Black. His first job was as scriptwriter with Warner Brothers Studio, with his personal longterm goal of directing his own scripts. For the next four years, he co-wrote scripts for major films such as Jezebel, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, Juarez, Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet and Sergeant York (1941). He was nominated for an Academy Award for his writing both Ehrlich and Sergeant York. Huston writes that Sergeant York, which was directed by Howard Hawks, has "gone down as one of Howard's best pictures, and Gary Cooper had a triumph playing the young mountaineer." Huston was becoming a recognized and respected screenwriter. He was able to persuade Warners to give him a chance to direct, under the condition that his next script also became a hit. Huston writes: They indulged me rather. They liked my work as a writer and they wanted to keep me on. If I wanted to direct, why, they'd give me a shot at it, and if it didn't come off all that well, they wouldn't be too disappointed as it was to be a very small picture.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1933
    Age 26
    Struck and killed a Hollywood actress and dancer, Diva Tosca Roulien, while driving on Sunset Boulevard on September 25, 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Walter Huston appealed to MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer to use his influence with the LAPD regarding any questions of alcohol being involved. A subsequent inquest absolved Huston of any blame for the accident. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001379/bio?mode=desktop&ref_=m_ft_dsk Huston loved the outdoors, especially sports such as hunting while living in Ireland. He claimed that he had no orthodox religion. Among his life's adventures 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. Besides sports and adventure, he enjoyed hard liquor and relationships with women of all types — one of the reasons he was married five times. Stevens describes him as someone who "lived life to its fullest". Barson even suggests that Huston's "flamboyant life" as a rebel would possibly make for "an even more engaging tale than most of his movies".
  • 1932
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The last two also starred his father, Walter Huston. In addition, House Divided was directed by William Wyler, who gave Huston his first real "inside view" of the filmmaking process during all stages of production. Wyler and Huston would also later become close friends and collaborators on a number of leading films. Huston gained a reputation as a "lusty, hard-drinking libertine" during his first years as a writer in Hollywood. Huston describes those years as a "series of misadventures and disappointments", however. His brief career as a Hollywood writer ended suddenly after a car he was driving struck and killed a young female pedestrian. He was absolved of blame by a coroner's jury, but the incident left him "traumatized" nonetheless, and he moved to London and Paris, living as a "drifter."
  • 1931
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, his father had earlier moved there where he was already successful in a number of films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1913
    Age 6
    Huston's parents divorced in 1913, when he was 6, and as a result much of his childhood was spent living in boarding schools.
    More Details Hide Details During summer vacations, he traveled with each of his parents separately — with his father on vaudeville tours, and with his mother to racetracks or other sports events. The young Huston benefited greatly from seeing his father act on stage, as he was later drawn to the world of acting. Some critics, such as Lawrence Grobel, surmise that his relationship with his mother may have been the cause of his five marriages, and why few of his relationships lasted. Grobel wrote, "When I interviewed some of the women who had loved him, they inevitably referred to his mother as the key to unlocking Huston's psyche." According to actress Olivia de Havilland, "she mother was the central character. I always felt that John was ridden by witches. He seemed pursued by something destructive. If it wasn't his mother, it was his idea of his mother." As a child he was often ill and was treated for an enlarged heart and kidney ailments. He recovered after an extended bedridden stay in Arizona, and moved with his mother to Los Angeles, where he went to Lincoln Heights High School. He dropped out of high school after two years to become a professional boxer, and by age 15 was already a top-ranking amateur lightweight boxer in California. He ended his brief boxing career after suffering a broken nose.
  • 1906
    Born
    John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only child of Rhea (née Gore) and Canadian-born Walter Huston, originally Walter Houghston. His father was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films. His mother initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born. Similarly, his father gave up his stage acting career for steady employment as a civil engineer, although he returned to stage acting within a few years. He would later become highly successful on both Broadway and then in motion pictures. He had Scottish, Scots-Irish, English and Welsh ancestry.
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)