John Huston (Director) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
John Huston

John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and visual artist. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident in 1964. He later returned to the United States, where he lived the rest of his life. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen, The Misfits, Fat City, The Man Who Would Be King and Prizzi’s Honor. In his early years, Huston studied and worked as a fine art painter in Paris. He explored the visual aspects of his films throughout his career, sketching each scene on paper beforehand, then carefully framing his characters during the shooting. While most directors rely on post-production editing to shape their final work, Huston instead created his films while they were being shot, with little editing needed.

Born: John Marcellus Huston, August 5, 1906, Nevada, Missouri, U.S.
Died: August 28, 1987, Middletown, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Occupation: Film director, screenwriter, actor
Years active: 1930–1987
Partner(s): Zoe Sallis
Children: 5, including Anjelica, Tony, Danny, and Allegra Huston
Parent(s): Walter Huston, Rhea Gore
IMDb: John Huston’s IMDb

About John Huston

Prominent director of such classic films as The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and The Misfits. He also portrayed the character Noah Cross in the 1974 mystery film Chinatown.

Before Fame

He lived in several boarding schools after his parents’ divorce.


He wrote many of the films he directed, including the film adaptation of The Red Badge of Courage.

Family Life

He married his fifth wife Celeste Shane on August 8, 1972. He directed both his father Walter and daughter Anjelica to Oscar wins.


He and Humphrey Bogart were frequent collaborators. Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The African Queen, amongst other Huston films.

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Latest information about John Huston updated on August 27, 2020.

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