John Huston (August 5, 1906, Nevada, Missouri – August 28, 1987, Middletown, Rhode Island) was a director, screenwriter, and film actor naturalized American Irish he performed numerous classic films of United States.


Statue of John Huston, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

It was a restless, character art collector since he was also a boxer, journalist, novelist, military, Hunter horse breeder… In fact, in his teens he became a boxing champion and served as American military attaché in the army Mexican. His first married at the age of 20 years. Lived as Street painter in Paris during a season, he worked as an actor and he was a New York Magazine Editor.

Started in film as extra in a movie, as the figurehead, saints of hell or The Storm. Thanks to his father, who was an actor, it was screenwriter William Wyler (House of discord or Jezebel) films and worked in an impressive amount of scripts during the 1930s and early 1940s, The Sergeant York, double crime in the Rue Morgue, the last refuge, among others). His first film as director, which also was screenwriter, the Maltese Falcon, is still considered a masterpiece of the history of cinema, with Humphrey Bogart as protagonist. His major films were also by Bogart: the treasure of Sierra Madre and Cayo Largo.

Queen of Africa, another of his masterpieces, filmed in 1951, showed his team far was ready to shoot a film shooting in the Congo, mosquitoes and heat with all kinds of diseases. Errol Flynn and Trevor Howard also suffered great hardship during the filming of the roots of heaven in Chad.

However, his career had some irregularity to accept directing films such as The Bible produced by Dino de Laurentiis; Annie; Evasion or victory, or Casino Royale, which featured five different directors James Bond film.

In spite of this, continued to make great films later, as reflections in a golden eye or on the volcano.

Had the opportunity to lead his own father – actor Walter Huston, in at least five feature films, and also directed his daughter, Anjelica Huston, in honour of Prizzi and Dubliners, among others.

He died in Middletown (Rhode Island) from emphysema. We can affirm that Huston is one of the great directors of the recent history of cinema.

John Huston has their star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1765 Hollywood Boulevard.

Filmography as director

* The Maltese Falcon (The Maltese Falcon, 1941).

* From the Pacific (Across the Pacific, 1942).

* As her own (In This Our Life, 1942).

* Thesaurus from the Aleutians (1943)

* The Battle of San Pietro (1944).

* Let there be light (1946).

* Cayo Largo (Key Largo) (1948).

* The treasure of Sierra Madre (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948).

* We were unknown (We Were Strangers, 1949).

* The asphalt jungle (The Asphalt Jungle, 1950).

* African Queen / Queen of Africa The African Queen, 1951).

* Red value medal (The Red Badge of Courage, 1951).

* Moulin Rouge (1952).

* The mockery of the devil (Beat the Devil, 1954).

* Moby Dick (1956).

* Sólo God knows (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, 1957).

* The barbarian and the geisha (The Barbarian and the Geisha, 1958).

* The roots of heaven (The Roots of Heaven, 1958).

* Those who do not forgive (The Unforgiven, 1960).

* Rebel lives (The Misfits, 1961).

* Freud, secret passion (Freud, 1962).

* The last of the list (The List of Adrian Messenger, 1963).

* The night of the iguana (The Night of the Iguana, 1964).

* The Bible (The Bible, 1966).

* Casino Royale (1967).

* Reflections in a golden eye (Reflections in Golden eye, 1967).

* Hanging can expect (Sinful Davey, 1968).

* Walk with love and death (A Walk with Love and Death, 1969).

* The Kremlin letter (The Kremlin Letter, 1970).

* Hanging Judge The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, 1972).

* Fat City, Golden City (Fat City, 1972).

* The Mackintosh man (The Mackintosh Man, 1973).

* Man who would be King / the man who could conquer (The Man Who Would Be King, 1975).

* Wise blood (Wise Blood, 1979).

* Phobia (1980).

* Let There Be Light (1981).

* Escape to victory / evasion or victory (Escape to Victory) (1981).

* Annie (1982).

* Under the volcano (Under the Volcano) (1984).

* Prizzi’s honor (Prizzi’s honor) (1985).

* Los Muertos / Dubliners (The Dead) (1987).


* Huston, John: An Open Book. The Autobiography, da Capo Press, 1980. ISBN 0-306-80573-1. Translation: memoirs, Espasa, 1998.

* Gabriel Insausti (2005). Footsteps Huston: the asphalt jungle. EIUNSA. ISBN 9788484691273.



Year       Category              Film        Result

1985       Best director      Prizzi’s honor     Nominated

1975       Best adapted screenplay              The man who could conquer      Nominated

1963       Best supporting actor     Cardinal                Nominated

1957       Best adapted screenplay              Only God knows               Nominated

1952       Best film              Moulin Rouge    Nominated

1952       Best director      Moulin Rouge    Nominated

1951       Best director      The Queen of Africa       Nominated

1951       Best adapted screenplay              The Queen of Africa       Nominated

1950       Best director      The asphalt jungle           Nominated

1950       Best adapted screenplay              The asphalt jungle           Nominated

1948       Best director      The treasure of Sierra Madre     Winner

1948       Best adapted screenplay              The treasure of Sierra Madre     Winner

1941       Best film              The Maltese Falcon         Nominated

1940       Best original screenplay                Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet               Nominated

Golden Globe Award

Year       Category              Film        Result

1985       Best director      Prizzi’s honor     Winner

1974       Best supporting actor     Chinatown          Nominated

1963       Best supporting actor     Cardinal                Winner

1948       Best director      The treasure of Sierra Madre     Winner

BAFTA Awards

Year       Category              Film        Result

1980       Honorary BAFTA               Winner

1974       Best supporting actor     Chinatown          Nominated