John Huston

Huston in ''[[Chinatown (1974 film)|Chinatown]]'' (1974) John Marcellus Huston ( ; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics. He received numerous accolades including two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 and the BAFTA Fellowship in 1980.

Son of actor Walter Huston, he studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris. He then moved to Mexico and began writing, first plays and short stories, and later working in Los Angeles as a Hollywood screenwriter, and was nominated for several Academy Awards writing for films directed by William Dieterle and Howard Hawks, among others. His directorial debut came with ''The Maltese Falcon'' (1941), which despite its small budget became a commercial and critical hit; he would continue to be a successful, if iconoclastic, Hollywood director for the next 45 years.

Huston directed acclaimed films such as ''The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'' (1948), ''Key Largo'' (1948), ''The Asphalt Jungle'' (1950), ''The African Queen'' (1951), ''Moulin Rouge'' (1952), ''The Misfits'' (1961), ''The Night of the Iguana'' (1964), ''Fat City'' (1972), ''The Man Who Would Be King'' (1975), ''Annie'' (1982), ''Prizzi's Honor'' (1985) and ''The Dead'' (1987). During his 46-year career, Huston received 14 Academy Award nominations, winning twice. Huston acted in numerous films receiving nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for ''The Cardinal'' (1963), and ''Chinatown'' (1974) respectively. He also acted in ''Casino Royale'' (1967), ''Myra Breckinridge'' (1970) and ''Battle for the Planet of the Apes'' (1973). He voiced the wizard Gandalf in ''The Hobbit'' (1977).

Huston has been referred to as "a titan", "a rebel", and a "renaissance man" in the Hollywood film industry. He traveled widely, settling at various times in France, Mexico, and Ireland. Huston was a citizen of the U.S. by birth but renounced this to become an Irish citizen and resident in 1964. He later returned to the U.S., where he lived the rest of his life. He is the father of actress Anjelica Huston who he directed to an Oscar win. Provided by Wikipedia

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