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John Huston

Highest Rated:   100% Fat City (1972)
Lowest Rated:   0% De Sade (2001)
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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 supporti

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
92% The Dead
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet Mr. Corbett's Ghost
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Momo
  • Meister Hora
1986
88% Prizzi's Honor
  • Director
1985
55% The Black Cauldron
  • Narrator
1985
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Himself
1984
75% 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
52% Annie
  • Director
1982
80% Cannery Row
  • Narrator
1982
67% 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
89% Wise Blood
  • Director
  • Grandfather
1979
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives!
  • Ralph Richards
1979
93% The Visitor
  • Jerzy Colsowicz
1979
No Score Yet Angela
  • Hogan
1978
67% 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
86% Winter Kills
  • Pa Kegan
1977
No Score Yet Independence
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in New York
  • Professor Moriarty
1976
96% The Man Who Would Be King
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1975
75% The Wind and the Lion
  • Sec. of State John Hay
1975
38% Breakout
  • Harris Wagner
1975
98% Chinatown
  • Noah Cross
1974
50% The MacKintosh Man
  • Director
1973
38% Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
  • Lawgiver
1973
71% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
  • Director
  • Grizzly Adams
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Admiral
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
33% Sinful Davey
  • Director
1969
80% Candy
  • Dr. Dunlap
1968
89% Rocky Road to Dublin
  • Actor
1968
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Director
1967
29% 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
60% The Cardinal
  • Glennon
1963
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Director
  • Lord Ashton
1963
No Score Yet Freud
  • Narrator
  • Director
1962
100% The Misfits
  • Director
1961
No Score Yet The Unforgiven
  • Director
1960
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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1957
85% Moby Dick
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1956
71% Beat the Devil
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1953
75% Moulin Rouge
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1952
100% The African Queen
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1951
100% The Prowler (Cost of Living )
  • Producer
1951
90% The Red Badge of Courage
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1950
70% We Were Strangers
  • Screenwriter
  • Clerk
  • Director
1949
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Screenwriter
  • 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
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet The Battle of San Pietro
  • Narrator
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
84% Sergeant York
  • Screenwriter
1941
94% 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

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