John Huston

John Huston

  • Born on
    • August 5th, 1906
  • Died on
    • August 28th, 1987
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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Acting (37 Credits)

2018The Other Side of the Wind as J.J. "Jake" Hannaford
2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1986Momo as Meister Hora
1985The Black Cauldron as Narrator (voice)
1983Lovesick as Larry Geller, M.D.
1982Cannery Row as Narrator
1982Annie as Actor on Radio (uncredited)
1980The Return of the King as Gandalf
1979Winter Kills as Pa Kegan
1979The Visitor as Jerzy Colsowicz
1979Wise Blood as Grandfather
1978The Bermuda Triangle as Edward
1977Tentacles as Ned Turner
1977The Hobbit as Gandalf the Grey
1976Sherlock Holmes in New York as Professor Moriarty
1975The Wind and the Lion as John Hay
1975Breakout as Harris Wagner
1974Chinatown as Noah Cross
1973Battle for the Planet of the Apes as The Lawgiver
1972The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean as Grizzly Adams
1971Man in the Wilderness as Captain Filmore Henry
1970Myra Breckinridge as Buck Loner
1970The Kremlin Letter as The Admiral
1969A Walk with Love and Death as Robert the Elder
1969De Sade as The Abbe
1968Candy as Dr. Arnold Dunlap
1967Casino Royale as M / General MacTarry
1966The Bible: In the Beginning... as Noah
1963The Cardinal as Kardinal Glennon
1963The List of Adrian Messenger as Lord Ashton (uncredited)
1962Freud as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1961The Misfits as Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited)
1956Moby Dick as Barman
1948The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
1945San Pietro as Narrator
1943Report from the Aleutians as Narrator (voice)
1929Hell's Heroes as Bit Role

Himself (4 Credits)

2018They'll Love Me When I'm Dead as Himself (archive footage)
2017Five Came Back as Self (archival footage)
2014Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles as Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Himself (archive footage)


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