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John Huston

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Prominent director of such traditional films because the Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure from the Sierra Madre, as well as the Misfits. He also portrayed the type Noah Cross within the 1974 secret film Chinatown. He resided in a number of boarding universities after his parents’ divorce. He had written lots of the movies he directed, like the film version of The Crimson Badge of Courage. He wedded his 5th wife Celeste Shane on August 8, 1972. He aimed both his dad Walter and girl Anjelica to Oscar wins. He and Humphrey Bogart had been regular collaborators. Bogart starred within the Maltese Falcon, The Treasure from the Sierra Madre as well as the African Queen, amongst additional Huston movies.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Huston
Date Of Birth August 5, 1906
Died August 28, 1987, Middletown, Rhode Island, United States
Place Of Birth Nevado, MO
Height 1.88 m
Profession Director
Education Art Students League of New York
Nationality American, Irish
Spouse Celeste Shane, Enrica Soma, Evelyn Keyes, Lesley Black, Dorothy Harvey
Children Anjelica Huston, Danny Huston, Tony Huston, Pablo Huston
Parents Walter Huston, Rhea Gore
Awards Academy Award for Best Director, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, AFI Life Achievement Award, Golden Lion, BAFTA Fellowship, Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director, Bodil Award for Best American Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Director of the Year, Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film, Special Lion, Silver Lion, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Western
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Grand Jury Prize, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, Writers Guild of America Award - The Robert Meltzer Award, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Drama, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Drama
Movies The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle, The Misfits, Prizzi's Honor, Moby Dick, The Man Who Would Be King, Key Largo, The Dead, The Night of the Iguana, Chinatown, Beat the Devil, Fat City, Moulin Rouge, Wise Blood, The Bible: In the Beginning..., Under the Volcano, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Annie, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Let There Be Light, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, A Walk with Love and Death, Casino Royale, The Unforgiven, The Red Badge of Courage, The List of Adrian Messenger, Across the Pacific, The Mackintosh Man, The Kremlin Letter, In This Our Life, The Barbarian and the Geisha, Sinful Davey, The Roots of Heaven, The Battle of San Pietro, Report from the Aleutians, High Sierra, The Cardinal, We Were Strangers, Sergeant York, Escape to Victory, Mr. North, The Wind and the Lion, Winter Kills, Juarez, Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, Myra Breckinridge, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, Law and Order
TV Shows The Rhinemann Exchange, Cities, Herman Melville: Damned in Paradise, The Word (US)
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1 Intended to be a professional painter.
2 By the last year of his life he could only breathe for 20 minutes at a time before needing an oxygen mask.
3 He was originally cast in Mr. North (1988), but was hospitalized with pneumonia. He personally requested 'Robert Mitchum' (q) to play his part in the film. Mitchum did so on a break from filming War and Remembrance (1988).
4 Enjoyed fox hunting when he lived in Ireland.
5 John Huston vowed that if Ronald Reagan ever became president, he would never return to the US to live as a citizen again.
6 Was very saddened by the death of John F. Kennedy.
7 Late in his life he was invited to the Ronald Reagan White House for lunch (along with 20 or more other people, well-known in a variety of fields). The hostess for the occasion was the First Lady herself, Nancy Davis, who had known Huston slightly many years earlier because her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, was Huston's doctor. Although he was an outspoken Democrat, Huston attended the lunch and was the soul of tact and charm until Mrs. Reagan asked him if he didn't think that her husband had turned out to be an even better President than everyone had expected. Smiling sweetly and still exuding the utmost affability, Huston replied, "Worse, my dear--far, FAR worse!" Mrs. Reagan's response is not recorded, but it was Huston's last visit to the White House.
8 He usually spoke kindly about his ex-wives, with the notable exception of his fifth wife, Celeste Shane, who was over 30 years his junior. This marriage lasted only three years, and in his autobiography, published some five years after their divorce, he refused to mention her by name, referring to her only as "a crocodile". On talk shows he often said it was the only one of his marriages he regretted. Curiously, his devoted daughter Anjelica Huston has said many times that she really liked her stepmother.
9 First of three Gandalfs to also play a role in a Sherlock Holmes film. He played Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976). Michael Hordern played the older Dr. Watson in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), and Ian McKellen played Sherlock himself in Mr. Holmes (2015).
10 Was an avid reader.
11 Was awarded with a lifetime achievement award for his extraordinary contribution to film art at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984.
12 Was awarded with the D.W. Griffith Career Achievement Award in 1985.
13 Preferred to film his movies on location rather than in the studio.
14 Directed both Katharine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn.
15 Two of his films, Wise Blood (1979) and Under the Volcano (1984), are in the Criterion Collection.
16 Ava Gardner was quoted as saying that her three films with Huston were "the only joy and fun I've ever had working in motion pictures.".
17 He directed his daughter Anjelica Huston in five films: Casino Royale (1967), _A Walk with Love and Death (1969), Sinful Davey (1969), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Dead (1987).
18 He directed his father Walter Huston in three films: The Maltese Falcon (1941), In This Our Life (1942) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).
19 Was hired as director on The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) but walked off the set shortly before filming was due to start. He was replaced by Bryan Forbes.
20 Was a Democrat.
21 Honored on a US Postage Stamp in May 2012 (along with Frank Capra, John Ford, and Billy Wilder).
22 Was scheduled to direct Peter O'Toole and Toshiro Mifune in "Will Adams" with a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and produced by Eugene Frenke and Jules Buck. The project never went through.
23 Was scheduled to direct _A Terrible Beauty" in June of 1969 and had been granted permission to film at the General Post Office in O'Connell Street, in Dublin, Ireland. The project never went through.
24 In February 1933 his car collided with one being driven by 'Zita Johann' (qv. He was fined $30.
25 He and Orson Welles were good friends from the 1940s to Welles' death in 1985. Both men coincidentally made their spectacular debut as directors in 1941 (Welles with Citizen Kane (1941) and Huston with The Maltese Falcon (1941)). Both would eventually be directed by the other: Welles' had a cameo in Huston's adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and Huston played the lead in Welles' unfinished The Other Side of the Wind (2016).
26 When he married his fourth wife, Enrica "Ricki" Soma, he was 44 while she was only 20. They separated after ten years of marriage. They subsequently each had another child with other partners, but never divorced each other.
27 His character "Noah Cross" in Chinatown (1974) was ranked the #16 greatest screen villain of all time on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes and Villains list.
28 Has said that The MacKintosh Man (1973) (1973) is the worst movie he ever directed.
29 His best friend Humphrey Bogart nicknamed Huston "Double Ugly" and "The Monster.".
30 Daughter Anjelica Huston was born while he was shooting The African Queen (1951) in Africa. He received the news of her birth by telegram.
31 Grandfather of Laura Huston and Jack Huston.
32 In the fifth edition of "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" (edited by Steven Schneider), nine of Huston's films are listed: The Maltese Falcon (1941), San Pietro (1945), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Beat the Devil (1953), Fat City (1972), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Dead (1987).
33 Is one of the few people to receive at least one Oscar nomination in five consecutive decades (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s).
34 In his 2008 memoir "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," producer Walter Mirisch says that he vetoed Huston's desire to use his daughter Anjelica Huston as his leading lady opposite John Hurt in Sinful Davey (1969), the story of a Scottish rakehell. Mirisch was worried that the inexperienced Angelica, who had appeared in only one other film at the time, A Walk with Love and Death (1969), also directed by her father, would have to adopt a Scottish accent for the role. In addition, Mirisch felt that ". . . her appearance was rather more Italian than Scottish, and in stature she towered over John Hurt. John [Huston] and I then had a serious falling out about casting Angelica." (For the record, Angelica is officially listed as 5'10" tall and Hurt at 5'9".) The producer and his director butted heads over Huston's insistence that his daughter play the female lead, but Huston finally capitulated, and Pamela Franklin was cast instead (Angelica appears in the finished film in an uncredited bit part). The picture flopped, but Mirisch believed that the casting of the leading lady had nothing to do with it.
35 Producer Walter Mirisch complained that Huston acted unprofessionally in the post-production period after shooting Sinful Davey (1969). The initial preview of Huston's cut of the film in New York was disastrous, and Huston refused to cut the film after attending another preview, informing Mirisch via his agent that he "liked it just the way it is." Huston's agent informed Mirisch that his client "didn't see any reason to be present at previews." United Artists, which financed the film, was upset over the previews and demanded a re-edit. Huston refused to re-cut the picture, and the re-editing process was overseen by Mirisch. "Sinful Davey" was a failure at the box office after it was released. In his 2008 memoir, "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," Mirisch writes that "John Huston, in his autobiography, said that he was aghast when he saw what I had done in the re-editing of his picture. Responding to preview criticism, I had tried to make it less draggy and more accessible to American audiences . . . I saw John Huston again on a couple of occasions, many years after the release of 'Sinful Davey', and he was very cold, as I was to him. I thought his behavior in abandoning the picture was unprofessional." The two, who had worked together on Huston's 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick (1956), never collaborated again.
36 Was originally supposed to direct Quo Vadis (1951), but walked out following arguments about the script. He was replaced by Mervyn LeRoy.
37 Was awarded the "One World Committee Award" in 1949.
38 Became an Honorary Doctor of Literature at the Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland in 1964.
39 Got the D.W. Griffith Career Achievement Award in 1985.
40 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 446-448. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
41 Mike Nichols, in the director's commentary on the Catch-22 (1970) DVD, recalled that one day he was shooting street scenes at Rome's Studi di Cinecitt
42 Clint Eastwood's White Hunter Black Heart (1990) is about the making of Huston's movie The African Queen (1951). The movie is based upon a screenplay by Peter Viertel, Huston's assistant during the making of "The African Queen". The character Eastwood plays is based upon Huston.
43 Although not diagnosed with emphysema until 1978, it is widely believed he was already developing the lung disease while directing The Misfits (1961), following decades of heavy smoking.
44 Accidentally struck and killed a Hollywood dancer, Tosca Roulien, while driving on Sunset Boulevard on September 25, 1933. Walter Huston appealed to MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer to use his influence with the LAPD regarding any questions of alcohol being involved. A subsequent inquest absolved Huston of any blame for the accident.
45 He was first considered to star as the blind monk Jorge De Burgos in The Name of the Rose (1986). He accepted the part but had to leave due to his bad health.
46 Maternal great-grandfather was Col. William P. Richardson who led the 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.
47 Mother was newspaper reporter.
48 Was amateur lightweight boxing champion of California.
49 Born in Nevada, MO, but raised in Weatherford, TX, until his family moved to Los Angeles, CA.
50 His WW II documentary Let There Be Light (1946) was one of the first, if not the first, films to deal with the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD; at the time called "shell shock") of soldiers returning from the war. Huston actually said that, "If I ever do a movie that glorifies war, somebody shoot me." This documentary was based on his front-line experiences covering the European war and what he saw soldiers go through during and returning from the war.
51 There are three generations of Oscar winners in the Huston family: John, his father Walter Huston and his daughter Anjelica Huston. They are the first family to do so, the second family were the Coppolas--Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Carmine Coppola.
52 Appears in The Return of the King (1980), which was remade as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) with Sean Astin. Astin's father John Astin appeared in The Addams Family (1964) television series, playing Gomez Addams. The Addams Family films starred Anjelica Huston as Gomez' wife Morticia.
53 Although Huston was often described as being 6' 4" tall, his actual measured height at his peak was 6' 2".
54 Was known to have a mean streak when handling actors, and reportedly irritated John Wayne (who was slightly taller than Huston and much more massive) so much while filming The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) that Wayne lost his temper and punched Huston, knocking him out cold.
55 Former father-in-law of Virginia Madsen.
56 Once described Charles Bronson as "a grenade with the pin pulled".
57 He and his father Walter Huston are the first Oscar-winning father-son couple. They are also the first father-son couple to be Oscar-nominated the same year (1941) and the first to win the same year (1949).
58 Directed 15 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Sydney Greenstreet, Walter Huston, Claire Trevor, Sam Jaffe, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, José Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Deborah Kerr, Grayson Hall, Susan Tyrrell, Albert Finney, Anjelica Huston, Jack Nicholson and William Hickey. Bogart and Trevor won Oscars for their performances, as did Huston's father Walter Huston and daughter Anjelica Huston
59 While shooting The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) in Mexico during his marriage to Evelyn Keyes, he befriended a boy named' Pablo Albarran'. Pablo came to spend the night at Huston's hotel one evening, and Huston discovered the next morning that the boy was a homeless orphan. Huston decided that he had no choice but to bring him back to the US and adopt him. He wrote in his autobiography that he met his wife Evelyn Keyes at the airport and surprised her by introducing her to their new son. She was in shock, but from then on did her best to be a good mother. He eventually married an Irish girl, had three children, then deserted his family and became a used-car dealer.
60 Father of Tony Huston and Anjelica Huston, from his marriage to Ricki Soma.
61 After he and wife Ricki separated, she became pregnant by another man. When she died, Huston brought her daughter, Allegra Huston, to live with him and adopted her.
62 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 484-493. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
63 Was voted the 13th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
64 A licensed pilot . . . and a prankster. He once flew over a golf course and dropped 5,000 ping-pong balls while a celebrity golf tournament was in progress.
65 Father of Danny Huston, from his relationship with Zoe Sallis.
66 Father-in-law of Pat Delaney.
67 He is the only person to have ever directed a parent (Walter Huston) and a child (Anjelica Huston) to Academy Award wins.
68 Became an Irish citizen in 1964.
69 Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA.
70 Appeared with daughter Anjelica Huston in A Walk with Love and Death (1969).
71 Son Tony Huston appeared with him in The List of Adrian Messenger (1963).
72 Son of Walter Huston.
73 At one time he kept a pet monkey. His wife of the time, Evelyn Keyes, became fed up with the noise and the mess and told Huston that either she or the monkey would have to leave. "Honey," replied Huston, "it's you!"


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Other Side of the Wind 2016 post-production J.J. Jake Hannaford
Mister Corbett's Ghost 1987 TV Movie Soul Collector
Momo 1986 Meister Hora
The Black Cauldron 1985 Prologue Narrator (voice)
Epic 1985 Narrator (US Version) (voice)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 TV Series Carlos / Narrator (segment "Man from the South")
A Minor Miracle 1983 Father Cardenas
Lovesick 1983 Larry Geller, M.D.
Annie 1982 Actor on radio (uncredited)
Cannery Row 1982 Narrator (voice)
Head On 1980 Clarke Hill
The Return of the King 1980 TV Movie Gandalf (voice)
Jaguar Lives! 1979 Ralph Richards
Wise Blood 1979 Grandfather (as John Huston)
Winter Kills 1979 Pa Kegan
The Visitor 1979 Jerzy Colsowicz
The Word 1978 TV Mini-Series Nathan Randall
The Bermuda Triangle 1978 Edward
The Biggest Battle 1978 Sean O'Hara
The Hobbit 1977 TV Movie Gandalf The Grey (voice)
Angela 1977 Hogan
The Rhinemann Exchange 1977 TV Mini-Series Ambassador Henderson Granville
Tentacles 1977 Ned Turner
Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 TV Movie Prof. Moriarty
Bronk 1976 TV Series
Circasia 1976 Ringmaster
The Wind and the Lion 1975 John Hay
Breakout 1975 Harris Wagner
Chinatown 1974 Noah Cross
Battle for the Planet of the Apes 1973 The Lawgiver
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 Grizzly Adams
Appointment with Destiny 1972 TV Series Narrator
Man in the Wilderness 1971 Captain Henry
The Devil's Backbone 1971 Gen. Miles
The Bridge in the Jungle 1971 Sleigh
Myra Breckinridge 1970 Buck Loner
The Kremlin Letter 1970 Admiral
A Walk with Love and Death 1969 Robert the Elder
De Sade 1969 The Abbe
Candy 1968 Dr. Arnold Dunlap
Casino Royale 1967 McTarry (M)
ABC Stage 67 1966 TV Series Narrator
The Bible: In the Beginning... 1966 Noah
The Cardinal 1963 Glennon
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963 Lord Ashton (uncredited)
Freud 1962 Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The Misfits 1961 Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited)
Moby Dick 1956 Barman / Ship's Lookout (voice, uncredited)
The Red Badge of Courage 1951 Grizzled Union Veteran (uncredited)
We Were Strangers 1949 Señor Muñoz (uncredited)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
The Storm 1930 Extra (uncredited)
Hell's Heroes 1929 Bit Part (uncredited)
Two Americans 1929 Short
The Shakedown 1929 Extra (uncredited)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dead 1987
Prizzi's Honor 1985
Under the Volcano 1984
Annie 1982
Victory 1981
Phobia 1980
Wise Blood 1979 as Jhon Huston
Love and Bullets 1979 uncredited
Independence 1976 Short
The Man Who Would Be King 1975
The MacKintosh Man 1973
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972
Fat City 1972
The Last Run 1971 uncredited
The Kremlin Letter 1970
A Walk with Love and Death 1969
Sinful Davey 1969
Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967
Casino Royale 1967 scenes at Sir James Bond's house and castle in Scotland scenes
The Bible: In the Beginning... 1966
The Night of the Iguana 1964
The List of Adrian Messenger 1963
Freud 1962
The Misfits 1961
The Unforgiven 1960
The Roots of Heaven 1958
The Barbarian and the Geisha 1958
A Farewell to Arms 1957 uncredited
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957
Moby Dick 1956
Beat the Devil 1953
Moulin Rouge 1952
The African Queen 1951
The Red Badge of Courage 1951
The Asphalt Jungle 1950
We Were Strangers 1949
Key Largo 1948
On Our Merry Way 1948 uncredited
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
Let There Be Light 1946 Documentary
San Pietro 1945 Documentary short uncredited
Tunisian Victory 1944 Documentary replacement scenes
Report from the Aleutians 1943 Documentary uncredited
Across the Pacific 1942
Winning Your Wings 1942 Short
In This Our Life 1942
The Maltese Falcon 1941

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. North 1988 screenplay
The Man Who Would Be King 1975 screenplay
The Kremlin Letter 1970 screenplay
The Night of the Iguana 1964 screenplay
The Asphalt Jungle 1961 TV Series based on screenplay by - 1 episode
TV de Vanguarda TV Series 1 episode, 1960 story - 1 episode, 1953
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison 1957 screenplay
Lux Video Theatre 1956 TV Series screenplay - 1 episode
Moby Dick 1956 screenplay
Beat the Devil 1953 screenplay
Moulin Rouge 1952 screenplay
The African Queen 1951 adapted for the screen by
The Red Badge of Courage 1951 screenplay
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 screen play
We Were Strangers 1949 screenplay
Key Largo 1948 screenplay
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 screenplay
Let There Be Light 1946 Documentary
The Killers 1946 uncredited
The Stranger 1946 uncredited
Three Strangers 1946 original screenplay
Know Your Enemy - Japan 1945 Documentary uncredited
San Pietro 1945 Documentary short uncredited
Dark Waters 1944 uncredited
Report from the Aleutians 1943 Documentary uncredited
The Maltese Falcon 1941 screenplay
Sergeant York 1941 original screen play
High Sierra 1941 screen play
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet 1940 original screen play
Juarez 1939 screen play
Wuthering Heights 1939 contributing writer - uncredited
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse 1938 screen play
Jezebel 1938 screen play
It Happened in Paris 1935 screen adaptation
Death Drives Through 1935 story
The Mighty Barnum 1934 contract writer - uncredited
Law and Order 1932 adaptation and dialogue
Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 additional dialogue
A House Divided 1931 dialogue
The Storm 1930 dialogue

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. North 1988 executive producer
The MacKintosh Man 1973 producer - uncredited
Fat City 1972 producer
The Kremlin Letter 1970 producer - uncredited
A Walk with Love and Death 1969 producer
Sinful Davey 1969 executive producer
Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 producer
The Misfits 1961 producer - uncredited
Moby Dick 1956 producer
Beat the Devil 1953 producer
Moulin Rouge 1952 producer - uncredited
The Prowler 1951 producer - uncredited
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 producer - uncredited
The Stranger 1946 producer - uncredited
San Pietro 1945 Documentary short producer - uncredited

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let There Be Light 1946 Documentary uncredited
San Pietro 1945 Documentary short uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moby Dick 1956 color style creator
Background to Danger 1943 script polishing - uncredited

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jezebel 1938 second unit director - uncredited

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Report from the Aleutians 1943 Documentary uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hobbit 1977 TV Movie performer: "Gandalf's Recitation"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Adventures of Dugg & Lemmy 2012 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Do poslednjeg kolokvijuma 2002 Short dedicatee
Boldog születésnapot, Marilyn! 1981 thanks
Hollywood and the Stars 1963 TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Himself - Director
Hollywood on Trial 1976 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Call It Magic 1975 Documentary short Himself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Host
Rufino Tamayo: The Sources of His Art 1973 Documentary short Narrator
Cinema 1972 TV Series documentary Himself
The Crucifixion of Jesus 1972 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Dick Cavett Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Orson Welles
The Unfinished Journey of Robert Kennedy 1970 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Ride This Way Grey Horse 1970 Documentary short Director
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Rocky Road to Dublin 1968 Documentary Himself
Christ Is Born 1967 TV Movie documentary Narrator
Saga of Western Man 1967 TV Series documentary Himself (narrator)
The Life and Times of John Huston, Esq. 1967 TV Movie Himself
The Levin Interview 1967 TV Series documentary Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1967 TV Series Himself - Mr. X 'X'
The Legend of Marilyn Monroe 1966 Documentary Himself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Noah hatte es leichter 1965 TV Short documentary Himself
The 36th Annual Academy Awards 1964 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Hollywood and the Stars 1964 TV Series Himself
On the Trail of the Iguana 1964 Short documentary Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1963 TV Series Himself
Face to Face 1959 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots: Hawaii in Hollywood 1948 Short Himself
San Pietro 1945 Documentary short Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Report from the Aleutians 1943 Documentary Narrator (voice)
John Huston War Stories 1999 Documentary Himself
A Linguagem de Orson Welles 1990 Documentary short Himself
Talking Pictures 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Barbara Stanwyck 1987 TV Special documentary Himself
John Huston and the Dubliners 1987 Documentary Himself
American Masters 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Presenter: Best Picture
Herman Melville: Damned in Paradise 1985 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Buñuel 1984 Documentary Himself
Observations Under the Volcano 1984 Documentary Himself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1984 Documentary Himself
Notes from Under the Volcano 1984 Documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Lillian Gish 1984 TV Special documentary Himself
Flight of the Whooping Crane 1984 TV Movie documentary Narrator
American Caesar 1983 TV Mini-Series documentary Host
Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler 1983 Video documentary Himself - Flynn's Director - 'Roots Of Heaven'
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston 1983 TV Special Himself
Lights, Camera, Annie! 1982 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bilder aus Amerika 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Arena 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 1980-1982 TV Series Himself
Creativity with Bill Moyers 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
To the Western World 1981 Documentary Narrator
Boldog születésnapot, Marilyn! 1981 Himself
Agee 1980 Documentary Himself
Cities 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
Hollywood Greats 1979 TV Series documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2015 TV Series Himself / Noah Cross
Gentleman Gothic: Gordon Hessler at American International Pictures 2015 Video documentary short The Abbe (uncredited)
The Many Faces of... 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen 2010 Video documentary Himself
Gilles Jacob: CIitizen Cannes 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2010 Documentary Himself
Treasures of the Academy: Guardians of History 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Huston's Gamble 2006 Video short Himself
Cineastas contra magnates 2005 Documentary Himself
Pelé Eterno 2004 Documentary Himself
Épreuves d'artistes 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Discovering Treasure: The Story of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre 2003 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Humphrey Bogart and John Huston 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait 2002 Documentary Himself
Great Performances 1988-2002 TV Series Himself - Director / Himself
American Masters 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Federico Fellini - un autoritratto ritrovato 2000 Documentary Himself
Humphrey Bogart: You Must Remember This... 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
We Remember Marilyn 1996 Video documentary Himself
Secret Lives 1996 TV Series documentary Himself - Funeral Guest
Bogart: The Untold Story 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself - Director
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991 Documentary actor 'The Cardinal' (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 1988 Documentary Himself
Film '72 1987 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965 TV Series Actor
Screen Snapshots: Hula from Hollywood 1954 Short Himself
The Screen Director 1951 Short Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Creative
2000 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Creative
1990 Critics Award SESC Film Festival, Brazil Best Foreign Film (Melhor Filme Estrangeiro) The Dead (1987)
1989 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film) The Dead (1987)
1989 Fotogramas de Plata Fotogramas de Plata Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) The Dead (1987)
1989 Critics Award French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Foreign Film The Dead (1987)
1989 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Director of the Year The Dead (1987)
1988 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director The Dead (1987)
1987 Guild Film Award - Silver Guild of German Art House Cinemas Foreign Film (Ausländischer Film) Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1987 Special Achievement Award Tokyo International Film Festival International Competition The Dead (1987)
1986 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Director Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1986 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Director Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1986 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1985 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1985 Special Lion for the Overall Work Venice Film Festival
1985 Golden Ciak Venice Film Festival Best Film Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1984 Career Achievement Award National Board of Review, USA
1983 Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
1983 Lifetime Achievement Award Directors Guild of America, USA
1981 Golden Medal of the City of Rome David di Donatello Awards
1981 Governors' Award Society of Camera Operators
1980 Academy Fellowship BAFTA Awards
1980 Gala Tribute Film Society of Lincoln Center
1979 Career Achievement Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
1974 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Chinatown (1974)
1966 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966)
1964 Laurel Award for Screen Writing Achievement Writers Guild of America, USA
1964 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor The Cardinal (1963)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1765 Hollywood Blvd.
1957 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Moby Dick (1956)
1956 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Director Moby Dick (1956)
1956 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director Moby Dick (1956)
1953 Silver Lion Venice Film Festival Moulin Rouge (1952)
1950 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Director The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
1949 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1949 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Western The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1949 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1949 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1948 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Screenplay The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1948 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) The Dead (1987)
1988 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) The Dead (1987)
1987 Tokyo Grand Prix Tokyo International Film Festival The Dead (1987)
1986 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1986 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1986 Silver Ribbon Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1985 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Prizzi's Honor (1985)
1984 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Under the Volcano (1984)
1983 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Annie (1982)
1981 Golden Prize Moscow International Film Festival Victory (1981)
1979 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Wise Blood (1979)
1979 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children The Hobbit (1977) · Maury Laws (composed by)
· Orson Bean (performed by)
· Hans Conried (performed by)
1979 Best Film San Sebastián International Film Festival Wise Blood (1979)
1976 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium The Man Who Would Be King (1975) · Gladys Hill
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material The Man Who Would Be King (1975) · Gladys Hill
1975 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor Chinatown (1974)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Chinatown (1974)
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Producer-Director 6th place.
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Producer-Director 8th place.
1965 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Night of the Iguana (1964)
1965 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama The Night of the Iguana (1964) · Anthony Veiller
1965 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director The Night of the Iguana (1964)
1964 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Cardinal (1963)
1963 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Freud (1962)
1963 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Freud (1962)
1963 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Producer/Director 4th place.
1963 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director Freud (1962)
1962 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Misfits (1961)
1960 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Producer/Director 8th place.
1959 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Producer/Director 7th place.
1958 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
1958 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Producer/Director 9th place.
1958 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) · John Lee Mahin
1958 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) · John Lee Mahin
1957 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Moby Dick (1956)
1953 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Moulin Rouge (1952)
1953 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama Moulin Rouge (1952) · Anthony Veiller
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture Moulin Rouge (1952)
1953 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Moulin Rouge (1952)
1952 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director The African Queen (1951)
1952 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay The African Queen (1951) · James Agee
1951 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
1951 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama The Asphalt Jungle (1950) · Ben Maddow
1951 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA The Robert Meltzer Award (Screenplay Dealing Most Ably with Problems of the American Scene) The Asphalt Jungle (1950) · Ben Maddow
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
1951 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay The Asphalt Jungle (1950) · Ben Maddow
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay The Asphalt Jungle (1950) · Ben Maddow
1950 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
1949 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama Key Largo (1948) · Richard Brooks
1949 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Drama The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1948 Grand International Award Venice Film Festival The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay Sergeant York (1941) · Harry Chandlee
· Abem Finkel
· Howard Koch
1942 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay The Maltese Falcon (1941)
1941 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Original Screenplay Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) · Norman Burnstine
· Heinz Herald

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Director The Dead (1987)
1987 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Dead (1987)
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Producer/Director
1964 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Supporting Performance The Cardinal (1963)
1956 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Moby Dick (1956) · Ray Bradbury
1952 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The African Queen (1951)
1950 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Producer-Director

TitleSalary
Wise Blood (1979) $125,000
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) $300,000
A Farewell to Arms (1957) $250,000
Beat the Devil (1953) $175,000

#Quote
1 [accepting the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1983] An avuncular figure in my youth passed on a piece of advice his father had given him: 'Don't work at anything simply for the money. Choose your profession as you would choose a wife, for love *and* for money.' I have faithfully abided by the first half of that dictum. Indeed, I have a confession to make: I have been so enamored with my work that I have always had a feeling of guilt about taking money for it. Maybe that's why I always got rid of it so quickly. It was like money you win at the races, not the rewards of honest toil.
2 [On Jack Nicholson] Jack's a virtuoso. He can do the acting scales on one hand.
3 [on Albert Finney in Under the Volcano (1984)] I think it's the finest performance I have ever witnessed, let alone directed.
4 [on directing Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits (1961)] She went right down into her personal experience for everything, reached down and pulled something out of herself that was unique and extraordinary. She had no techniques. It was all truth, it was only Marilyn. But it was Marilyn plus. She found things, found things about womankind in herself.
5 Hollywood doesn't like actors who are British classical actors. They like Michael Caine because he's a sort of English Everyman. But the Laurence Oliviers and the John Gielguds and Richard Burtons are not and can't be an Everyman. They have some quality of aristocratic greatness that Hollywood finds threatening.
6 [on Marilyn Monroe] Marilyn wasn't killed by Hollywood. The girl was an addict of sleeping tablets and she was made so by the goddamn doctors.
7 I think the worst thing I ever saw Brando do was Apocalypse Now (1979), which was just dreadful - the finish of that picture. The model for it, Heart of Darkness, has no finish either, and the movie-makers just didn't find one either. It's very good for a picture to have an ending before you start shooting!
8 [on Marlon Brando] Brando was something else entirely. Brando had an explosive thing; you felt something smoldering, dangerous, about to ignite at times. Did you see Julius Caesar (1953)? Christ! I will never forget that; it was like a furnace door opening - the heat came off the screen. I don't know another actor who could do that.
9 [on Elisha Cook Jr.] Elisha Cook, Jr. lived alone up in the High Sierra, tied flies and caught golden trout between films. When he was wanted in Hollywood, they sent word up to his mountain cabin by courier. He would come down, do a picture and then withdraw again to his retreat.
10 [on Susannah York] Susannah was the personification of the uninformed arrogance of youth.
11 [on his father Walter Huston] I hate stars. They're not actors. I've been around actors all my life and I like them, but I never had an actor as a friend. Except Dad. And Dad never thought of himself as an actor. But the best actor I ever worked with was Dad. Dad was a man who never tried to sell anybody anything.
12 [on 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv] He was endowed with the greatest gift a man can have -- talent. The whole world came to recognize it. With the years he became increasingly aware of the dignity of his profession - Actor, not Star. Himself he never took seriously -- his work, most seriously. He regarded the somewhat gaudy figure of Bogart, the Star, with amused cynicism; Bogart the actor he held in great respect. He is quite irreplaceable.
13 [on Clark Gable] Clark Gable was the only real he-man I've ever known, of all the actors I've met.
14 [on Peter Lorre] Peter Lorre was one of the finest and most subtle actors I have ever worked with. Beneath that air of innocence he used to such effect, one sensed a Faustian worldliness. I'd know he was giving a good performance as we put it on film but I wouldn't know how good until I saw him in the rushes.
15 [on Robert Mitchum] I think Bob is one of the very great actors and that his resources as an actor have never been fully tapped. He could be a Shakespearean actor. In fact, I think that he could play King Lear.
16 [on Paul Newman] Paul Newman is full of innovation. He has wonderful immediate ideas. Very often supplements mine, or has something better than my notions. Some action perhaps.
17 [on Jack Nicholson] I have great respect for him. Not only as an artist but as an individual. He has a fine eye for good paintings and a good ear for fine music. And he's a lovely man to drink with. A boon companion! I'd like to make more pictures with Jack Nicholson.
18 [on George C. Scott] One of the best actors alive. But my opinion of him as an actor is much higher than my opinion of him as a man.
19 I'm told there is a Huston style; if so I'm not aware of it. I just make the film to its own requirements.
20 [from 1984] There is nothing more fascinating -- and more fun -- than making movies. Besides, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.
21 I completely storyboarded The Maltese Falcon (1941) because I didn't want to lose face with the crew: I wanted to give the impression that I knew what I was doing.
22 I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like.
23 I fail to see any continuity in my work from picture to picture.
24 The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.
25 I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk.
26 Half of directing is casting the right actors.
27 On remakes: "There is a wilful lemming-like persistance in remaking past successes time after time. They can't make them as good as they are in our memories, but they go on doing them and each time it's a disaster. Why don't we remake some of our bad pictures - I'd love another shot at 'Roots of Heaven' - and make them good?"
28 I've lived a number of lives. I'm inclined to envy the man who leads one life, with one job, and one wife, in one country, under one God. It may not be a very exciting existence, but at least by the time he's seventy-three he knows how old he is.

#Trademark
1 Gravelly smoke-burnished voice
2 Hardboiled mysteries and thrillers
3 Often cast his daughter Anjelica Huston
4 Frequently cast Humphrey Bogart
5 Frequently gave his father Walter Huston a small role

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