John Huston biography

John Huston

Film director

1906 – 1987

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Who was John Huston?

John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, The Misfits, and The Man Who Would Be King. During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films.

Huston was known to direct with the vision of an artist, having studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris in his early years. He continued to explore the visual aspects of his films throughout his career: sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, making them both more economical and cerebral, with little editing needed.

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Born
Aug 5, 1906
Nevada
Also known as
  • John Marcellus Huston
  • Jhon Huston
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
  • Irish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Republic of Ireland
Profession
Education
  • Art Students League of New York
Died
Aug 28, 1987
Middletown
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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