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John Huston ACTOR


John Huston was born on August 5th, 1906 in Nevada, Missouri with the birth name John Marcellus Huston.  Over the course of his career in the industry, he worked as an actor, director and screenwriter.  He was born to Walter Huston, a famous character actor and Rhea Gore.
At the age of three he was already performing vaudeville with his father and continued to do so into his teenage years.  He also excelled at boxing and at the age of fourteen he dropped out of school to pursue a professional boxing career.  Huston eventually won the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championships in California.

He then began to turn his sites back on an acting career and in 1925 he appeared in the Broadway production of, "Ruint" followed by a role in, "Adam Solitaire".  Discouraged with the direction his acting career was heading, he took a break and moved to Mexico where he worked as an officer in the cavalry.  

Huston then returned to America and found work as a magazine and newspaper reporter.  He dabbled in acting appearing in some minor film roles but again, frustrated, relocated to Europe, spending some time in London and Paris studying painting. 

Huston then again, made the move back to America and began working as a screenwriter for Warner Brothers and appearing in a couple more stage productions.  He also gained some experience in the film industry working as a director on such films as, "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Lee Patrick, Sydney Greenstreet, Barton MacLane, John Hamilton, Walter Huston, Murray Alper, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr. and Ward Bond, "In This Our Life" (1942) starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Charles Coburn, Billie Burke, Dennis Morgan, Lee Patrick, Hattie McDaniel, Frank Craven, William Forrest, John Hamilton and George Brent and "Across the Pacific" (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Keye Luke, Victor Sen Yung, Monte Blue, Richard Loo, Kam Tong, Charles Halton and Sydney Greenstreet.
Again, taking another break from the entertainment industry, Huston served as a Signal Corps during World War II.  Upon completing his service, he returned to directing.  He then began to focus full time as a director working on such films as, "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948) starring his father Walter Huston along with Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Alfonso Bedoya, Arturo Soto Rangel and Barton MacLane, "Key Largo" (1948) starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Monte Blue, Harry Lewis, William Haade, Rodd Redwing, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, John Rodney and Jay Silverheels, "The African Queen" (1951) starring Humphrey Bogart (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor – his only Oscar) with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Richard Marner, Peter Swanwick and Theodore Bikel, "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950) Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore, John McIntire, Brad Dexter and Marilyn Monroe, "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) starring Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Andy Devine, Robert Easton, Arthur Hunnicutt, John Dierkes, Douglas Dick and Royal Dano, "Moulin Rouge" (1952) starring Jose Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Peter Cushing, Theodore Bikel, Muriel Smith, Christopher Lee and Suzanne Flon, "Moby Dick" (1956) starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Orson Welles, James Robertson Justice, Royal Dano and Leo Genn among many others, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957) starring Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, "The Unforgiven" (1960) starring Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, Charles Bickford, John Saxon, Albert Salmi, Doug McClure, Joseph Wiseman and Lillian Gish, "The Misfits" (1961) starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Kevin McCarthy and Eli Wallach, "Freud" (1962) starring Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, David McCallum and Susan Kohner, "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr, "The Bible: In the Beginning" (1966) starring with George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Richard Harris, Michael Parks, Franco Nero, Stephen Boyd and Peter O'Toole, "A Walk with Love and Death" (1969) starring his daughter Anjelica Huston in her film debut and himself along with Assi Dayan, Anthony Higgins, John Hallam and Robert Lang, "Fat City" (1972) starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Candy Clark and Susan Tyrrell, "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean" (1972) starring Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, Victoria Principal, Ned Beatty, Richard Farnsworth, Stacy Keach, Roddy McDowall, Michael Sarrazin, Anthony Zerbe, Tab Hunter, Bill McKinney, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and himself as Grizzly Adams, "Prizzi's Honor" (1985) starring Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia, John Randolph, William Hickey, Lawrence Tierney and Anjelica Huston.   

Huston did continue to work as an actor as well with some of his more well known roles being in, "Moby Dick" (1956), "The Cardinal" (1963) with Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish, Cecil Kellaway, John Saxon, Ossie Davis, Robert Morse, Jill Haworth, Raf Vallone, Burgess Meredith, Bill Hayes and Maggie McNamara, "Chinatown" (1974) starring with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, "The Wind and the Lion" (1975) starring alongside Sean Connery, Candice Bergen and Brian Keith, "Break Out" (1975) also starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, Sheree North and Randy Quaid, "Lovesick" (1983) with Dudley Moore, Elizabeth McGovern and Alec Guinness and his final film role, "Momo" (1986).
He had a total of five different wives, first in 1926 to Dorothy Jeanne Harvey.  This marriage ended in 1933 and he then wed Lesley Black from 1946 through 1950 and together they had one child.  His third wife was Evelyn Keyes whom he wed in 1946 and they too had one child before divorcing in 1950.  He chose to marry for a fourth time to Enrica Sonia Soma in 1950 and they had two children and remained together until she passed away in 1969.  His fifth and final marriage was to Celeste Shane in 1972 however by 1975, another marriage failed.  

John Huston passed away at the age of eighty one from emphysema on August 28th, 1987 in Middletown, Rhode Island.  His remains are interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery in California. 

During his 46-year career, John Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films and he received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1982.


1987         Mister Corbett's Ghost 
1986         Momo
1985         The Black Cauldron
1985         Prizzi's Honor
1985         Epic
1985         Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1983         Lovesick
1983         A Minor Miracle
1982         Annie
1982         Cannery Row
1980         Head On
1980         The Return of the King 
1979         Wise Blood
1979         Jaguar Lives!
1979         Winter Kills
1979         The Visitor
1978         The Word 
1978         Angela
1978         The Bermuda Triangle
1978         The Biggest Battle
1977         The Hobbit 
1977         The Rhinemann Exchange 
1977         Tentacles
1976         Sherlock Holmes in New York
1976         Bronk 
1975         The Wind and the Lion
1975         Breakout
1974         Chinatown
1973         Battle for the Planet of the Apes
1972         The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
1972         Appointment with Destiny 
1972         Fat City
1972         The Other Side of the Wind
1971         Man in the Wilderness
1971         The Deserter
1971         The Bridge in the Jungle
1970         Myra Breckinridge
1970         The Kremlin Letter
1969         De Sade
1969         A Walk with Love and Death
1968         Candy
1967         Casino Royale
1966         ABC Stage 67
1966         The Bible: In the Beginning...
1964         The Night of the Iguana
1963         The Cardinal
1963         The List of Adrian Messenger
1962         Freud
1961         The Misfits
1960         The Unforgiven
1957         Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
1956         Moby Dick
1952         Moulin Rouge
1951         The Red Badge of Courage
1951         The African Queen
1950         The Asphalt Jungle
1949         We Were Stranger
1948         Key Largo
1948         The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1942         In This Our Life
1942         Across the Pacific
1941         The Maltese Falcon
1930         The Storm
1929         Hell's Heroes
1929         Two Americans
1929         The Shakedown   

Matinee Classics - Across the Pacific starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Monte Blue and Keye Luke
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Matinee Classics - Dennis Hopper with John Ford and John Huston
Matinee Classics - Battle for the Planet of the Apes starring Roddy McDowall, Claude Akins, Natalie Trundy, Severn Darden, Lew Ayres, John Huston, Paul Williams, Austin Stoker, Noah Keen, Richard Eastham, France Nuyen, Paul Stevens, Heather Lowe, Bobby Porter and Michael Stearns
Matinee Classics - Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, Claire Trevor, Thomas Gomez, Harry Lewis, John Rodney, Marc Lawrence, Dan Seymour, Monte Blue, William Haade, Jay Silverheels and Rodd Redwing
Matinee Classics - The Red Badge of Courage starring Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano, John Dierkes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Tim Durant, Andy Devine and Robert Easton
Matinee Classics - World War II - The Battle of San Pietro
Matinee Classics - World War II - Report from the Aleutians - narrated by John Huston
Matinee Classics - The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell, Peter Swanwick and Richard Marner
Matinee Classics - The Asphalt Jungle starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, James Whitmore, Sam Jaffe, John McIntire, Marc Lawrence, Barry Kelley, Anthony Caruso, Teresa Celli, Marilyn Monroe, William Davis, Dorothy Tree, Brad Dexter and John Maxwell

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