Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school at age 15 and became a champion amateur lightweight boxer.
  • Served a short stint as a lieutenant in the Mexican army cavalry.
  • Made his big-screen directing debut in 1941 with the noir classic The Maltese Falcon.
  • Let There Be Light — a documentary about soldiers with post-traumatic stress that he filmed while serving in World War II — was confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1946. It wasn't screened publicly until 1981.
  • Directed both his father Walter Huston's and his daughter Anjelica Huston's Oscar-winning performances, in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), respectively.
  • While Sierra Madre was filming in Mexico, the government ordered that production shut down when a newspaper published word that the movie was anti-Mexican. Filming resumed after friends interceded on Huston's behalf, and the movie went on to win numerous awards.
  • Made six films with Humphrey Bogart: The Maltese Falcon (1941), Across the Pacific (1942), Key Largo (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The African Queen (1951) and Beat the Devil (1954).
  • An accomplished sculptor and painter, Huston created the label for the 1982 vintage of Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
  • With his daughter Anjelica's win for Prizzi's Honor in 1985, the Hustons became the first family with three generations of Oscar winners (he and his father, Walter, also won).

Awards

  • 1974, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1951, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1950, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1985, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1951, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1950, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1949, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1951, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1940, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1963, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Celeste Shane — Ex-wife
  • Marietta Peabody Tree — Ex-significant Other
  • Dorothy Harvey — Ex-wife
  • Lesley Black — Ex-wife
  • Tony Huston — Son
  • Anjelica Huston — Daughter
  • Enrica Soma — Wife (deceased)
  • Olivia de Havilland — Ex-significant Other
  • Rhea Gore — Mother
  • Walter Huston — Father
  • Danny Huston — Son
  • Maricela Hernandez — Significant Other
  • Allegra Huston — Stepdaughter
  • Evelyn Keyes — Ex-wife
  • Nora Eddington — Ex-significant Other
  • Zita Johann — Ex-significant Other
  • Zoe Sallis — Ex-significant Other
  • Pablo Albarran — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: John Marcellus Huston
  • Birth Place: Nevada, MO
  • Birthday: August 5, 1906, Leo
  • Died: August 28, 1987
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
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