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John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and visual artist. 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), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Prizzi's Honor (1985). In his early years, Huston studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris. He explored the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, with little editing needed. Some of Huston's films were adaptations of important novels, often depicting an "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, forming "destructive alliances," giving the films a dramatic and visual tension. Many of his films involved themes such as religion, meaning, truth, freedom, psychology, colonialism, and war. 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." During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, winning twice. He directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins. 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 Babenco: Tell Me When I Die 2020-11-26
Known For
Poster of Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Poster of The Hobbit
Poster of Chinatown
Poster of Casino Royale
Movie Babenco: Tell Me When I Die Self (archive footage) 2020-11-26
Movie They'll Love Me When I'm Dead Himself (archive footage) 2018-08-31
Movie The Other Side of the Wind J.J. "Jake" Hannaford 2018-11-02
Movie James Joyce: A Shout in the Street Himself (archive footage) 2017-12-13
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Self - Filmmaker (archive footage) 2014-12-12
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 Making 'The Misfits' Himself - Director (archive footage) 2002-10-02
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 Unknown 1990-01-01
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck Self 1987-04-01
Movie Mr. Corbett's Ghost Soul Collector 1987-12-31
Movie Momo Meister Hora 1986-07-16
Movie Directed by William Wyler 1986-05-01
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Self 1985-03-03
Movie Epic The Narrator (US version) 1985-05-13
Movie The Black Cauldron Narrator (voice) 1985-07-24
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Buñuel Himself 1984-01-01
Movie Notes from Under the Volcano Himself 1984-09-09
Movie Lovesick Larry Geller, M.D. 1983-02-18
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston Self 1983-03-23
Movie A Minor Miracle Father Cardenas 1983-05-31
Movie Cannery Row Narrator 1982-02-12
Movie Creativity with Bill Moyers: John Huston Interviewee 1982-03-26
Movie Annie Actor on Radio (uncredited) 1982-06-18
Movie Happy Birthday, Marilyn! 1980-01-01
Movie Head On Clarke Hill 1980-09-08
Movie The Return of the King Gandalf 1980-05-11
Movie Winter Kills Pa Kegan 1979-05-11
Movie The Visitor Jerzy Colsowicz 1979-03-14
Movie Jaguar Lives! Ralph Richards 1979-08-09
Movie City Lights: John Huston Interviewee 1979-10-10
Movie Wise Blood Grandfather 1979-10-24
Movie The Bermuda Triangle Edward 1978-02-10
Movie The Biggest Battle Sean O'Hara 1978-02-07
Series The Word Nathan Randall 1978-11-12
Movie B.Traven: A Mystery Solved Himself 1978-12-19
Movie Tentacles Ned Turner 1977-02-25
Series The Rhinemann Exchange Ambassador Henderson Granville 1977-03-10
Movie Angela Unknown 1977-11-10
Movie The Hobbit Gandalf the Grey 1977-11-27
Movie Circasia Ringmaster 1976-04-08
Movie Hollywood on Trial Narrator 1976-11-01
Movie Sherlock Holmes in New York Professor Moriarty 1976-10-18
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 The Bridge in the Jungle Sleigh 1971-01-01
Movie Man in the Wilderness Captain Filmore Henry 1971-11-24
Movie The Kremlin Letter The Admiral 1970-02-01
Movie The Unfinished Journey of Robert Kennedy Narrator 1970-02-17
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
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Candy Dr. Arnold Dunlap 1968-12-17
Movie Casino Royale M / General MacTarry 1967-04-13
Movie The Bible: In the Beginning... Noah 1966-09-28
Movie On the Trail of the Iguana Himself 1964-04-30
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 (voice) (uncredited) 1962-12-12
Movie The Misfits Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited) 1961-02-01
Movie Moby Dick Barman 1956-06-27
Series The Oscars 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