Creator / John Huston

John Marcellus Huston (19061987) was an American director, screenwriter, and occasional actor 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 The Maltese Falcon; other noteworthy films he made include The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (for which he won two Oscars), Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, Beat the Devil (as you can see, he worked well with Humphrey Bogart), Moby-Dick, The Misfits (notable as the final film for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe), Casino Royale,The Man Who Would Be King, Annie, Prizzi's Honor, and Wise Blood. 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 World War II documentaries The Battle of San Pietro and Let There Be Light 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 Chinatown. Indeed, his performance there was cited as an inspiration for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood where Daniel Day-Lewis plays a similar evil robber baron. A novel about the making of The African Queen (written by screenwriter Peter Viertel) was eventually adapted by Clint Eastwood as White Hunter, Black Heart, where Eastwood plays John Wilson, a spoof of Huston's Large Ham womanizing dandy personality. Among nerdier, more fantasy-inclined circles, later in life he reigned for a time as the voice of Gandalf, and his performance set the bar that Ian McKellen had to meet several decades later.

He was the son of Walter Huston; the father of Anjelica, Tony, and Danny Huston; and the grandfather of Jack Huston (Richard Harrow on Boardwalk Empire).

Filmography (as director)