John Huston

John Huston

  • Highest Rated: 100% Fat City (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% De Sade (2001)
  • Birthday: Aug 5, 1906
  • Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, USA
  • An American film director who told stories about independent and adventurous men struggling for their individuality, John Huston led such a life, himself. His hyper-masculine protagonists seemed to stem from his own youthful pursuits as a boxer, competitive horseman, Calvary officer, and major in the U.S. Army. Married five times and divorced four (fourth wife Ricki Soma died in 1969), his reportedly bitter attitude toward women informed his female characters as either weak-willed prizes or seductive threats to manhood. Nevertheless, Huston's unconventional and rambling lifestyle led to some of the most celebrated American cinema, as well as the hub of three generations of Oscar winners. Born in Missouri to noted actor Walter Huston, his family traveled extensively on the vaudeville circuit. After riding horses in Mexico and magazine reporting in New York, the younger Huston secured a job writing dialogue in Hollywood. He started acting and published his first play, Frankie and Johnny, before wandering around London and Paris working as a street performer and artist. Upon his return, he worked as an editor and writer before convincing his employers at Warner Bros. to let him direct his first movie, The Maltese Falcon, in 1941. The popular source novel by mystery author Dashiell Hammett had been filmed twice before, but only Huston's adaptation would be remembered as a prime example of the classic film noir-detective story. It also made a star out of leading man Humphrey Bogart, whom Huston would cast in his next few films: Across the Pacific, Key Largo, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. An adventure drama shot in Mexico examining the nature of man's greed, Sierra Madre won him his first Oscar for Best Director and earned his father, Walter Huston, his first for Best Supporting Actor. Continuing to write Hollywood screenplays and make military documentaries for the U.S. War Department, Huston's next big directorial success was in 1950 with the gritty caper film The Asphalt Jungle, another cinematic innovation in the crime genre. This was quickly followed by The African Queen, earning leading man Bogart his first and only Academy award for his role as drunken boat captain Charlie Allnut. Huston's next production, an adaptation of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, had a notorious history of production difficulties with MGM. In 1952, his biographical drama of painter Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, Moulin Rogue, won Oscars for art direction and costume design. In 1956, he and co-screenwriter Ray Bradbury conquered a major literary adaptation with Moby Dick, starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. During this time, Huston had found a home for himself in Ireland with his wife and newborn daughter, Anjelica. After he quit during production of A Farewell to Arms, he then tried the African Queen romantic formula again with Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. In 1961, he directed The Misfits, the tragic last film of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, co-starring Montgomery Clift (whom Huston would cast in the psychoanalyst title role of his next feature, Freud). Two more adaptations would follow: The List of Adrian Messenger from the mystery novel by Philip MacDonald and The Night of the Iguana from a play by Tennessee Williams. After winning a Golden Globe for his supporting role in Otto Preminger's The Cardinal, Huston did odd acting projects for the next decade and directed A Walk With Love and Death, marking the film debut of daughter Anjelica. In 1974, he gave one of his most notable performances as the villainous Noah Cross in Roman Polanski's Chinatown. Huston made a brief comeback the following year as writer/director of the witty action-adventure saga The Man Who Would Be King, the black comedy Wise Blood, and the Broadway musical adaptation Annie. But his major comeback would be in 1985 with the crime comedy Prizzi's Honor, which earned Anjelica Huston her first Oscar for the supporting role of Maerose. She also starred in her f

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83% The Other Side of the Wind Jake Hannaford 2018
No Score Yet Death Drives Through Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet Pele Forever Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Making Of Rocky Road Actor 2004
No Score Yet Discovering Treasure: The Story of 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre' Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Colors of War: Pacific Director 2001
No Score Yet Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days Actor 2001
0% De Sade The Abbe 2001
No Score Yet Die! Die! Die! Actor 2000
43% Mr. North Screenwriter Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet John Huston and the Dubliners Actor 1988
No Score Yet Bacall on Bogart Actor 1988
93% The Dead Director 1987
No Score Yet Mr. Corbett's Ghost Actor 1987
No Score Yet Momo Meister Hora 1986
86% Prizzi's Honor Director 1985
55% The Black Cauldron Narrator 1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
71% Under the Volcano Director 1984
No Score Yet Observations Under the Volcano Actor 1984
No Score Yet A Minor Miracle Father Cardinas 1983
40% Lovesick Dr. Larry Geller 1983
No Score Yet American Caesar Host 1983
56% Annie Director 1982
80% Cannery Row Narrator 1982
71% Victory Director 1981
No Score Yet Phobia Director 1980
67% The Return of the King Gandalf 1980
No Score Yet Head On (Fatal Attraction) Actor 1980
86% Wise Blood Grandfather Director 1979
No Score Yet The Bermuda Triangle Edward 1979
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives! Ralph Richards 1979
87% Winter Kills Pa Kegan 1979
82% The Visitor Jerzy Colsowicz 1979
No Score Yet Angela Hogan 1978
69% The Hobbit Gandalf the Grey 1978
No Score Yet The Word Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange Actor 1977
0% Tentacles Ned Turner 1977
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in New York Professor Moriarty 1976
No Score Yet Independence Director 1976
96% The Man Who Would Be King Director Screenwriter 1975
69% The Wind and the Lion Sec. of State John Hay 1975
38% Breakout Harris Wagner 1975
99% Chinatown Noah Cross 1974
58% The MacKintosh Man Director 1973
37% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes Lawgiver 1973
75% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Grizzly Adams Director 1972
100% Fat City Director 1972
No Score Yet Man in the Wilderness Captain Henry 1971
No Score Yet The Last Run Director 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Gen. Miles 1971
29% Myra Breckinridge Buck Loner 1970
No Score Yet The Kremlin Letter Director Admiral Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet The Bridge in the Jungle Sleigh 1970
No Score Yet A Walk with Love and Death Director Robert the Elder 1969
43% Sinful Davey Director 1969
50% Candy Dr. Dunlap 1968
89% Rocky Road to Dublin Actor 1968
53% Reflections in a Golden Eye Director 1967
26% Casino Royale McTarry Director 1967
No Score Yet The Bible Noah Director 1966
71% The Night of the Iguana Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Legend of Marilyn Monroe Host 1964
50% The Cardinal Glennon 1963
67% The List of Adrian Messenger Director Lord Ashton 1963
No Score Yet Freud Director Narrator 1962
97% The Misfits Director 1961
No Score Yet The Unforgiven Director 1960
97% Some Like It Hot Director 1959
No Score Yet The Roots of Heaven Director 1958
No Score Yet The Barbarian and the Geisha Director 1958
0% A Farewell To Arms Director 1957
88% Heaven Knows Mr. Allison Director Screenwriter 1957
86% Moby Dick Director Screenwriter Producer 1956
75% Beat the Devil Screenwriter Director Producer 1953
78% Moulin Rouge Director Screenwriter Producer 1952
98% The African Queen Screenwriter Director 1951
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living ) Producer 1951
83% The Red Badge of Courage Screenwriter Director 1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle Screenwriter Director 1950
73% We Were Strangers Clerk Director Screenwriter 1949
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre White Suit Director 1948
97% Key Largo Screenwriter Director 1948
100% The Killers Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers Screenwriter 1946
83% Let There Be Light Director Screenwriter Actor Producer 1946
No Score Yet The Battle of San Pietro Director Screenwriter Narrator 1945
No Score Yet Nostalgia World War II Video Library, Vol. 10 Director 1945
No Score Yet Tunisian Victory Director 1944
No Score Yet Report from the Aleutians Producer Director Narrator 1943
No Score Yet In This Our Life Screenwriter Director 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Director 1942
No Score Yet Winning Your Wings Director 1942
100% The Maltese Falcon Director Screenwriter 1941
85% Sergeant York Screenwriter 1941
95% High Sierra Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Juarez Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Screenwriter 1938
94% Jezebel Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Law and Order Screenwriter 1932
83% Murders in the Rue Morgue Screenwriter 1932
No Score Yet A House Divided Screenwriter 1931
No Score Yet Hell's Heroes Actor 1930


Noah's wife
What shall they eat?
Milk from the cattle and the goats.
Noah's wife
Milk? For beasts of prey?
They're only great cats, wife. Do you not hear them purr?
The Lord taketh hold of the end of the earth, and shaketh it.
Now take off ya hat and gimme the beast.
Noah Cross
You see, Mister Gittes, most men never have to face the fact that, at the right time, they're capable of... (voice drops to a hoarse whisper) anything.
Noah Cross
You see, Mister Gittes, most men never have to face the fact that, at the right time, they're capable of... [voice drops to a hoarse whisper] anything.
Noah Cross
Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.
Noah Cross
"The future Mr Gittes, the future."
Noah Cross
The future Mr Gittes, the future.
J.J. Gittes
"Hey Clyde, where'd you get the midget?"
J.J. Gittes
Hey Clyde, where'd you get the midget?
J.J. Gittes
"I know, bad for the glass."
J.J. Gittes
I know, bad for the glass.
Noah Cross
mr. Gittes your dealing with a disturbed woman how just lost her husband i don't want her to be taken advantage of
Noah Cross
Mr. Gittes your dealing with a disturbed woman how just lost her husband I don't want her to be taken advantage of.
Theodore Roosevelt
You know as well as I do that we can't have Arab desperadoes running around kidnapping American citizens. If I had my way, I'd go in there with a couple of Winchesters, a batallion of Marines - but, I can't do that, can I?
John Hay
Noah Cross
You've got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gittes. I like that
Noah Cross
You've got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gittes. I like that.
Noah Cross
I hope you don't mind. I believe they should be served with the head.
Noah Cross
I hope you don't mind. I believe they should be served with the head.
J.J. Gittes
Fine... long as you don't serve the chicken that way
J.J. Gittes
Fine... long as you don't serve the chicken that way.
Noah Cross
Mr. Gits.