John Huston

John Huston full sizeBorn: 5 August 1906
Died: 28 August 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academy Award winning director and screenwriter John Huston was born on this day in 1906.

He began his career as a screenwriter for first Samuel Goldwyn Productions and then Universal Studios where he worked on the films Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and Law and Order (1932).

Huston later worked as a scriptwriter at Warner Bros. Studios, co-writing scripts for the films Jezebel (1938), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), and Juarez (1939). He received his first Academy Award nominations for writing for the films Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) and Sergeant York (1941).

Huston made his directorial debut with The Maltese Falcon (1941) as well as writing the screenplay, receiving another nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and a year later he was commissioned to make films for the US Army Signal Corp which included Report from the Aleutians (1943), The Battle of San Pietro (1945) and Let There Be Light (1946), all three considered to be amongst the finest films made about World War II.

Following the war Huston directed and wrote the screenplay for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), earning him his only Academy Awards for both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

In total Huston received a total of eight Academy Award nominations for writing and five for directing, including films The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Prizzi’s Honor (1985).

He is also known for the films Key Largo (1948), The Night of the Iguana (1964), Annie (1982) and The Dead (1987).

As well as directing and screenwriting he has also received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for the film The Cardinal (1963) and a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nomination for Chinatown (1974).

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