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John Huston – MovieActors.com

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Huston in THE WIND AND THE LION.

About John Huston (1906 – 1987)

John Huston was born on August 5, 1906 in Nevada, Missouri. Huston passed away on August 28, 1987 in Middletown, Rhode Island, from emphysema.

Huston was the only son of Walter Huston and Rhea Gore. Rhea was a sports reporter working for the newspaper and traveled quite a bit. Huston began performing with his father onstage in Vaudeville at the age of 3. At age 7, his parents divorced and he split time on the vaudeville circuit with his father and traveling with his mother on her job. Huston was however, at times a sickly child and due to an enlarged heart and kidney ailments was placed in a sanitarium for a time.

Huston quit school at age 14 to become a boxer and at age 18, won 22 of 25 bouts, winning the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship of California. It was during this time that he suffered a broken nose, which would later become a trademark feature. He married his High School sweetheart, Dorothy Harvey.

Between the years of 1926-1932, John’s restless heart and quest for adventure took him far and wide. He abandoned his wife, moved to Mexico and became an honorary officer and expert horseman in the Mexican calvary. He returned to the States and lived in New York and submitted short stories to newspapers and magazines. As a screenwriter, John was hired by mogul Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. Huston then moved again and resided in both London and Paris where he studied painting and drawing. He even became homeless and a beggar for a short time during this “artist fling”.

Huston returned to America in 1933 and soon married again. He was also determined to excel at his writing skills. He collaborated on a few scripts for Warner Bros. Very impressed, they signed him on as a screenwriter and director for the mystery, THE MALTESE FALCON (1941), starring Humphry Bogart (Huston casted his father Walter in a cameo who stumbles into Bogart’s office dead, with a knife in his back).

In WWII, John served as a Signal Corps Lieutenant creating several film documentaries. As the war came to a close, his marriage to his 2nd wife ended. In 1946, John married his 3rd wife Evelyn Keyes, who played Sueellen in, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939).

John had many interests - painting, boxing, sculpture, gambling, fox-hunting, etc. Huston was a licensed pilot... and a prankster. John Huston once flew over a golf course and dropped 5,000 ping-pong balls while a celebrity golf tournament was in progress.

In 1980 John Huston wrote a somewhat sanitized autobiography "An Open Book."

Huston is the son of actor Walter Huston, whom he directed in THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948).

John frequently gave his father small roles in his movies.

At age 57, Huston received an Oscar nomination for his major role in THE CARDINAL (1963).

John has acted with 2 of his children. His son Tony Huston in THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER (1963), and his daughter Anjelica Huston in A WALK WITH LOVE AND DEATH (1969).

In 1964, John Huston became an Irish Citizen. John is the only person to have ever directed a parent Walter Huston and a child Anjelica Huston to Academy Award wins.

Entertainment Weekly voted John Houston the 13th Greatest Director of all time. After John and wife Ricki separated, she became pregnant by another man. When she died, Huston brought her daughter Allegra to live with him and adopted her.

John wrote his first play, Frankie and Johnny, in 1928. With the help of his father, John Huston was given a Universal screenwriting contract in 1932.

John Huston's notable movie credits include...

THE DEAD (1987)
MOMO (1986)
PRIZZI'S HONOR (1985)
LOVESICK (1983)
ANNIE (1982)
HEAD ON (1980)
WISE BLOOD (1979)
INDEPENDENCE (1976)
THE WIND AND THE LION (1975)
CHINATOWN (1974)
THE KREMLIN LETTER (1970)
REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE (1967)
THE UNFORGIVEN (1960)
MOULIN ROUGE (1952)
WE WERE STRANGERS (1949)
THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)


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John Huston in CHINATOWN.

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John Huston in THE WIND AND THE LION.