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John Marcellus Huston (19061987) was an American director and screenwriter who made films in a variety of genres across a long-spanning career. His films tended to match his own personality -- tough, stylish, always with a bit of a threatening edge.

Huston worked as a writer-for-hire before breaking into directing with the noir classic ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''; other noteworthy films he made include ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre'' (for which he won two [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]]), ''Film/KeyLargo'', ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle'', ''Film/TheAfricanQueen'', ''Film/BeatTheDevil'' (as you can see, he worked well with Creator/HumphreyBogart), ''Film/MobyDick'', ''Film/TheMisfits'' (notable as the final film for both Creator/ClarkGable and Creator/MarilynMonroe), ''Film/{{Casino Royale|1967}}'',''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}'', ''Film/PrizzisHonor'', and ''Literature/WiseBlood''. He worked right up to his death at age 81; his final film, ''The Dead'', was directed from a wheelchair while hooked up to oxygen, and was released posthumously.

His UsefulNotes/WorldWarII documentaries ''Film/TheBattleOfSanPietro'' and ''Film/LetThereBeLight'' are among the best ever made about the war.

He was also a well-regarded, Oscar-nominated character actor, most notably as the villainous Noah Cross in ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''. Indeed, his performance there was cited as an inspiration for Creator/PaulThomasAnderson's ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' where Creator/DanielDayLewis plays a similar evil robber baron. A novel about the making of Film/TheAfricanQueen (written by screenwriter Peter Viertel) was eventually adapted by Creator/ClintEastwood as ''White Hunter, Black Heart'', where Eastwood plays John Wilson, a spoof of Huston's LargeHam womanizing [[TheDandy dandy]] personality.

He was the son of Creator/WalterHuston, and the father of [[Creator/AnjelicaHuston Anjelica]], Tony Huston and Danny Huston, and grandfather to Jack Huston (Richard Harrow on ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'').

!! Filmography (on this site)
* ''Film/HighSierra'' (screenplay by Huston, directed by Creator/RaoulWalsh)
* ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''
* ''Film/TheBattleOfSanPietro''
* ''Film/LetThereBeLight''
* ''Film/KeyLargo''
* ''Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre''
* ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle''
* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''
* ''Film/MobyDick''
* ''Film/TheMisfits''
* ''Film/TheLifeAndTimesOfJudgeRoyBean''
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' (Actor only, Huston played Noah Cross)
* ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing''
* ''Literature/WiseBlood''
* ''Film/{{Annie|1982}}''
* ''Film/PrizzisHonor''

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