John Marcellus Huston (1906 - 1987) MP

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Birthplace: Nevada, MS, USA
Death: Died in Middletown, RI, USA
Occupation: Writer, Director, Actor
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About John Marcellus Huston

American motion-picture director John Huston's taut dramas were some of the most famous movies of the 20th century, including the Humphrey Bogart classics The Maltese Falcon (1941), Key Largo (1948), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and The African Queen (1951).

He was born John Marcellus Huston on August 5, 1906 in Nevada, Missouri, the only child of Walter Huston and Reah Gore. His father, who was of Scots and Scots-Irish descent, was an actor, initially in vaudeville, and later in films. His mother, of English and Welsh background, initially worked as a sports editor for various publications but gave it up after Huston was born. Similarly, his father gave up his stage acting career for steady employment as a civil engineer, although he returned to stage acting with a few years. He would later become highly successful on both Broadway and then in motion pictures.

He began his Hollywood career as a scriptwriter in 1931. Prior to that time Huston had been, for short periods, a professional lightweight boxer, a soldier in the Mexican cavalry, a reporter, the editor of a picture magazine, an author of short stories and plays, and an actor.

His first work as a film director was the classic hard-boiled detective tale The Maltese Falcon (1941), distinguished by sharply realistic dialogue and vividly realized characters. Other early classics were The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), a story of self-destructive greed among American gold-seekers in Mexico; and The African Queen (1952), a comic romance-adventure film set in the jungles of Central Africa. These films starred Humphrey Bogart and marked the summit of that highly popular actor's career. Huston's other screen adaptations of literary works included The Red Badge of Courage (1951) from the novel by Stephen Crane, Moby Dick (1956) from Herman Melville, The Night of the Iguana (1964) from Tennessee Williams, The Man Who Would Be King (1975) from Rudyard Kipling, Wise Blood (1979) from Flannery O'Connor, Under the Volcano (1984) from Malcolm Lowry, and The Dead (1987) from James Joyce. Among his other more successful films were Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), and Prizzi's Honor (1985).

Huston's best motion pictures feature fast-paced scripts, vivid characterizations, and exciting and unpredictable plots. Many of his lesser-known films were both critical and commercial failures, but even these show his ironic and often pessimistic view of human striving and his ability to coax outstanding performances from his leading actors. Huston also acted on screen, often in films that he directed, such as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). Perhaps his finest supporting role was in Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974). He was also acclaimed for his World War II documentaries Report from the Aleutians (1943), The Battle of San Pietro (1944), and Let There Be Light (1945; suppressed until 1981). Huston's autobiography, An Open Book, appeared in 1980.

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John Huston's Timeline

1906
August 5, 1906
Nevada, MS, USA
1950
April 16, 1950
Age 43
Los Angeles, CA, USA
1951
July 8, 1951
Age 44
Santa Monica, CA, USA
1972
August 8, 1972
Age 66
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
1975
July, 1975
Age 68
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
1987
August 28, 1987
Age 81
Middletown, RI, USA
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