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John Huston

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.

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Aug 5, 1906 In Nevada, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hell's Heroes 1929-12-27
Latest Project:
Movie The Other Side of the Wind 2018-11-02
Known For
Poster of The Deserter
Poster of Myra Breckinridge
Poster of Candy
Poster of The Bible: In the Beginning...
Movie The Other Side of the Wind J.J. "Jake" Hannaford 2018-11-02
Movie They'll Love Me When I'm Dead Himself (archive footage) 2018-08-31
Movie James Joyce: A Shout in the Street Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-13
Series The Return of the King Unknown 2016
Movie Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Himself - Filmmaker (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen Himself (archive footage) 2010-01-01
Movie Huston's Gamble Himself - Stimme (Archivmaterial) 2006-05-02
Movie Filmmakers vs. Tycoons Himself (archive footage) 2005-07-17
Movie Sweet Revenge Bartender 2001-03-26
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story 1997-01-05
Movie Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991-10-28
Movie Welles' Language 1990-01-01
Movie Momo Meister Hora 1986-07-17
Movie The Black Cauldron Narrator (voice) 1985-07-24
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985-03-03
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Buñuel Himself 1984-01-01
Movie Lovesick Larry Geller, M.D. 1983-02-18
Movie A Minor Miracle Father Cardenas 1983-05-31
Movie Cannery Row Narrator 1982-02-12
Movie Annie Actor on Radio (uncredited) 1982-06-18
Movie Head On Clarke Hill 1980-09-08
Movie The Return of the King Gandalf 1980-05-11
Movie The Visitor Jerzy Colsowicz 1979-03-14
Movie Winter Kills Pa Kegan 1979-05-11
Movie Wise Blood Grandfather 1979-10-24
Movie Jaguar Lives! Ralph Richards 1979-08-09
Movie The Biggest Battle Sean O'Hara 1978-02-07
Movie The Bermuda Triangle Edward 1978-02-10
Series The Word Nathan Randall 1978-11-12
Series The Rhinemann Exchange Ambassador Henderson Granville 1977-03-10
Movie Tentacles Ned Turner 1977-02-25
Movie The Rhinemann Exchange Ambassador Henderson Granville 1977-03-10
Movie The Hobbit Gandalf the Grey 1977-11-27
Movie Sherlock Holmes in New York Professor Moriarty 1976-10-18
Movie Hollywood on Trial Narrator 1976-11-01
Movie Breakout Harris Wagner 1975-05-21
Movie The Wind and the Lion John Hay 1975-05-22
Movie Chinatown Noah Cross 1974-06-20
Movie Battle for the Planet of the Apes The Lawgiver 1973-06-15
Movie The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Grizzly Adams 1972-12-18
Movie Man in the Wilderness Captain Filmore Henry 1971-11-24
Movie The Bridge in the Jungle 1971-01-01
Movie The Kremlin Letter The Admiral 1970-02-01
Movie Myra Breckinridge Buck Loner 1970-06-24
Movie The Deserter General Miles 1970-12-04
Movie De Sade The Abbe 1969-08-27
Movie A Walk with Love and Death Robert the Elder 1969-10-05
Movie Rocky Road to Dublin Himself 1968-05-24
Movie Candy Dr. Arnold Dunlap 1968-12-17
Movie Casino Royale M / General MacTarry 1967-04-23
Movie The Bible: In the Beginning... Noah 1966-09-28
Movie The List of Adrian Messenger Lord Ashton (uncredited) 1963-05-23
Movie The Cardinal Kardinal Glennon 1963-12-12
Movie Freud: The Secret Passion Narrator 1962-12-12
Movie The Misfits Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited) 1961-01-01
Movie Moby Dick Barman 1956-06-27
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie The Screen Director Himself 1951-03-12
Movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited) 1948-01-15
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie San Pietro Narrator 1945-05-03
Movie Report from the Aleutians Narrator (voice) 1943-07-30
Movie Hell's Heroes Bit Role 1929-12-27