81 (passed away Aug. 28th, 1987)
Aug. 5th, 1906
Nevada, Missouri, USA
John Huston's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1986 - Momo
1985 - The Black Cauldron
1982 - Annie
1982 - Cannery Row
1979 - Winter Kills
1979 - Wise Blood
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
1971 - Man in the Wilderness
1970 - The Kremlin Letter
1970 - Myra Breckinridge
1968 - Candy
1966 - The Bible: In the Beginning...
1963 - The Cardinal
1963 - The List of Adrian Messenger
1962 - Freud
1961 - The Misfits
1956 - Moby Dick
1948 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
1943 - Report from the Aleutians
Guest TV Roles
John Huston was a man of many interests - painting, boxing, sculpture, gambling, fox-hunting, etc. He had four children: Tony and Angelica (with Ricki Soma), Danny (with another woman), and Allegra (Ricki with another man, but Huston raised the girl after Ricki died in a car crash). Huston wrote a somewhat sanitized autobiography in 1980 (friends who read it said, "Good book, John - who's it about?").
- He was first considered to star as the blind monk Jorge De Burgos in _Der Name der Rose (1986)_ (qv). He accepted the part but had to leave due to his bad health.
- In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 9 of Huston's films are listed: _The Maltese Falcon (1941)_ (qv), _San Pietro (1945)_ (qv), _The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)_ (qv), _The Asphalt Jungle (1950)_ (qv), _The African Queen (1951)_ (qv), _Beat the Devil (1953)_ (qv), _Fat City (1972)_ (qv), _Prizzi's Honor (1985)_ (qv) and _The Dead (1987)_ (qv).
- Is one of the few people to receive at least one Oscar nomination in five consecutive decades (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s).
- His WW II documentary _Let There Be Light (1946)_ (qv) was one of the first, if not the first, films to deal with the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 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.
- Mother was newspaper reporter.
- In his 2008 memoir. "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," producer 'Walter Mirisch' (qv) says that he vetoed Huston's desire to use his daughter 'Anjelica Huston' (qv) as his leading lady opposite 'John Hurt' (qv) in _Sinful Davey (1969)_ (qv), 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)_ (qv), 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' (qv) was cast instead. (Angelica Huston 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.
- While making a movie in Mexico during his marriage to 'Evelyn Keyes' (qv), he befriended a boy named Pablo. 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 USA and adopt him. He wrote in his autobiography that he met his wife Evelyn 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.
- Producer 'Walter Mirisch' (qv) complains that Huston acted unprofessionally in the post-production period after the shooting of _Sinful Davey (1969)_ (qv). 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," Walter 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' (qv)'s _Moby Dick (1956)_ (qv), never collaborated again.