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    • John Huston


      Information from IMDb

      Date of Birth
      5 August 1906, Nevada, Missouri, USA

      Date of Death
      28 August 1987, Middletown, Rhode Island, USA (emphysema)

      Birth Name
      John Marcellus Huston

      6' 2" (1.88 m)

      Mini Biography
      An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston of Scottish and Irish heritage in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. The age-old story goes that the small town of his birth was won by John's grandfather in a poker game. John's father was the equally magnanimous character actor Walter Huston, and his mother, Rhea Gore, was a newspaperwoman who traveled around the country looking for stories. The only child of the couple, John began performing on stage with his vaudevillian father at age 3. Upon his parents' divorce at age 7, the young boy would take turns traveling around the vaudeville circuit with his father and the country with his mother on reporting excursions. A frail and sickly child, he was once placed in a sanitarium due to both an enlarged heart and kidney ailment. Making a miraculous recovery, he quit school at age 14 to become a full-fledged boxer and eventually won the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship of California, winning 22 of 25 bouts. His trademark broken nose was the result of that robust activity.

      John married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Harvey, and also took his first professional stage bow with a leading role off-Broadway entitled "The Triumph of the Egg." He made his Broadway debut that same year with "Ruint" on April 7, 1925, and followed that with another Broadway show "Adam Solitaire" the following November. John soon grew restless with the confines of both his marriage and acting and abandoned both, taking a sojourn to Mexico where he became an officer in the cavalry and expert horseman while writing plays on the sly. Trying to control his wanderlust urges, he subsequently returned to America and attempted newspaper and magazine reporting work in New York by submitting short stories. He was even hired at one point by mogul Samuel Goldwyn Jr. as a screenwriter, but again he grew restless. During this time he also appeared unbilled in a few obligatory films. By 1932 John was on the move again and left for London and Paris where he studied painting and sketching. The promising artist became a homeless beggar during one harrowing point.

      Returning again to America in 1933, he played the title role in a production of "Abraham Lincoln," only a few years after father Walter portrayed the part on film for D.W. Griffith. John made a new resolve to hone in on his obvious writing skills and began collaborating on a few scripts for Warner Brothers. He also married again. Warners was so impressed with his talents that he was signed on as both screenwriter and director for the Dashiell Hammett mystery yarn The Maltese Falcon (1941). The movie classic made a superstar out of Humphrey Bogart and is considered by critics and audiences alike--- 65 years after the fact--- to be the greatest detective film ever made. In the meantime John wrote/staged a couple of Broadway plays, and in the aftermath of his mammoth screen success directed bad-girl 'Bette Davis (I)' and good girl Olivia de Havilland in the film melodrama In This Our Life (1942), and three of his "Falcon" stars (Bogart, Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet) in the romantic war picture Across the Pacific (1942). During WWII John served as a Signal Corps lieutenant and went on to helm a number of film documentaries for the U.S. government including the controversial Let There Be Light (1946), which father Walter narrated. The end of WWII also saw the end of his second marriage. He married third wife Evelyn Keyes, of "Gone With the Wind" fame, in 1946 but it too lasted a relatively short time. That same year the impulsive and always unpredictable Huston directed Jean-Paul Sartre's experimental play "No Exit" on Broadway. The show was a box-office bust (running less than a month) but nevertheless earned the New York Drama Critics Award as "best foreign play."

      Hollywood glory came to him again in association with Bogart and Warner Brothers'. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), a classic tale of gold, greed and man's inhumanity to man set in Mexico, won John Oscars for both director and screenplay and his father nabbed the "Best Supporting Actor" trophy. John can be glimpsed at the beginning of the movie in a cameo playing a tourist, but he wouldn't act again on film for a decade and a half. With the momentum in his favor, John hung around in Hollywood this time to write and/or direct some of the finest American cinema made including Key Largo (1948) and The African Queen (1951) (both with Bogart), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Red Badge of Courage (1951) and Moulin Rouge (1952). Later films, including Moby Dick (1956), The Unforgiven (1960), The Misfits (1961), Freud (1962), The Night of the Iguana (1964) and The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966) were, for the most part, well-regarded but certainly not close to the level of his earlier revered work. He also experimented behind-the-camera with colour effects and approached topics that most others would not even broach, including homosexuality and psychoanalysis.

      An ardent supporter of human rights, he, along with director William Wyler and others, dared to form the Committee for the First Amendment in 1947, which strove to undermine the House Un-American Activities Committee. Disgusted by the Hollywood blacklisting that was killing the careers of many talented folk, he moved to St. Clerans in Ireland and became a citizen there along with his fourth wife, ballet dancer Enrica (Ricki) Soma. The couple had two children, including daughter Anjelica Huston who went on to have an enviable Hollywood career of her own. Huston and wife Ricki split after a son (director Danny Huston) was born to another actress in 1962. They did not divorce, however, and remained estranged until her sudden death in 1969 in a car accident. John subsequently adopted his late wife's child from another union. The ever-impulsive Huston would move yet again to Mexico where he married (1972) and divorced (1977) his fifth and final wife, Celeste Shane.

      Huston returned to acting auspiciously with a major role in Otto Preminger's epic film The Cardinal (1963) for which Huston received an Oscar nomination at age 57. From that time forward, he would be glimpsed here and there in a number of colorful, baggy-eyed character roles in both good and bad (some positively abysmal) films that, at the very least, helped finance his passion projects. The former list included outstanding roles in Chinatown (1974) and The Wind and the Lion (1975), while the latter comprised of hammy parts in such awful drek as Candy (1968) and Myra Breckinridge (1970).

      Directing daughter Angelica in her inauspicious movie debut, the thoroughly mediocre A Walk with Love and Death (1969), John made up for it 15 years later by directing her to Oscar glory in the mob tale Prizzi's Honor (1985). In the 1970s Huston resurged as a director of quality films with Fat City (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Wise Blood (1979). He ended his career on a high note with Under the Volcano (1984), the afore-mentioned Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Dead (1987). His only certifiable misfire during that era was the elephantine musical version of Annie (1982).

      Huston lived the macho, outdoors life, unencumbered by convention or restrictions, and is often compared in style or flamboyancy to an Ernest Hemingway or Orson Welles. He was, in fact, the source of inspiration for Clint Eastwood in the helming of the film White Hunter Black Heart (1990) which chronicled the making of "The African Queen." Illness robbed Huston of a good portion of his twilight years with chronic emphysema the main culprit. As always, however, he continued to work tirelessly while hooked up to an oxygen machine if need be. At the end, the living legend was shooting an acting cameo in the film Mr. North (1988) for his son Danny, making his directorial bow at the time. John became seriously ill with pneumonia and died while on location at the age of 81. This maverick of a man's man who was once called "the eccentric's eccentric" by Paul Newman, left an incredibly rich legacy of work to be enjoyed by film lovers for centuries to come.
      IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / [email protected]

      Celeste Shane (8 August 1972 - 21 July 1975) (divorced)
      Enrica Sonia Soma (11 February 1950 - 29 January 1969) (her death) 2 children
      Evelyn Keyes (23 July 1946 - 10 February 1950) (divorced) 1 child
      Lesley Black (3 October 1937 - 1945) (divorced)
      Dorothy Jeanne Harvey (17 October 1926 - 18 August 1933) (divorced)

      Trade Mark
      Frequently gave his father Walter Huston a small role

      Frequently cast Humphrey Bogart

      Often cast his daughter Angelica Huston

      Often cast Jack Nicholson

      Hardboiled mysteries and thrillers

      Gravelly smoke burnished voice

      At one time he kept a pet monkey. His wife of the time, Evelyn Keyes, became fed up with the noise and the mess and told Huston that either she or the monkey would have to leave. "Honey," replied Huston, "it's you!"

      Son of actor Walter Huston, whom he directed in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

      Son Tony Huston appeared with him in The List of Adrian Messenger (1963).

      Appeared with daughter Anjelica Huston in A Walk with Love and Death (1969).

      Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA.

      Became an Irish citizen in 1964.

      He is the only person to have ever directed a parent (Walter Huston) and a child (Anjelica Huston) to Academy Award wins.

      Father-in-law of Pat Delaney.

      Father of Danny Huston, from his relationship with Zoe Sallis.

      Huston was a licenced pilot...and a prankster. He once flew over a golf course and dropped 5,000 ping-pong balls while a celebrity golf tournament was in progress.

      Was voted the 13th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

      Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 484-493. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

      After he and wife Ricki separated, she became pregnant by another man. When she died, Huston brought her daughter, Allegra Huston, to live with him and adopted her.

      Father of Tony Huston and Anjelica Huston, from his marriage to Ricki Soma.

      While making a movie in Mexico during his marriage to Evelyn Keyes, he befriended a boy named Pablo. Pablo came to spend the night at Huston's hotel one evening, and Huston discovered the next morning that the boy was a homeless orphan. Huston decided that he had no choice but to bring him back to the USA and adopt him. He wrote in his autobiography that he met his wife Evelyn at the airport and surprised her by introducing her to their new son. She was in shock, but from then on did her best to be a good mother. He eventually married an Irish girl, had three children, then deserted his family and became a used car dealer.

      Directed 15 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Sydney Greenstreet, Walter Huston, Claire Trevor, Sam Jaffe, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, José Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Deborah Kerr, Grayson Hall, Susan Tyrrell, Albert Finney, Anjelica Huston, Jack Nicholson and William Hickey. Bogart and Trevor won Oscars for their performances, as did Huston's father Walter Huston and daughter Anjelica Huston

      He and his father Walter Huston are the first Oscar-winning father-son couple. They are also the first father-son couple to be Oscar-nominated the same year (1941) and the first to win the same year (1949).

      Once described Charles Bronson as "a grenade with the pin pulled".

      Former father-in-law of Virginia Madsen.

      Was known to have a mean streak when handling actors, and reportedly irritated John Wayne (who was slightly taller than Huston and much more massive) so much while filming The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) that Wayne lost his temper and punched Huston, knocking him out cold.

      Although Huston was often described as being 6' 4" tall, his actual measured height at his peak was 6' 2".

      Appears in The Return of the King (1980) (TV), which was remade as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) with Sean Astin. Astin's father John Astin appeared in "The Addams Family" (1964) television series, playing Gomez Addams. The Addams Family films starred Anjelica Huston as Gomez' wife Morticia.

      There are three generations of Oscar winners in the Huston family: John, his father Walter Huston and his daughter Anjelica Huston. They are the first family to do so, the second family were the Coppolas - Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage and Carmine Coppola.

      His WW II documentary Let There Be Light (1946) was one of the first, if not the first, films to deal with the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of soldiers returning from the war. Huston actually said that, "If I ever do a movie that glorifies war, somebody shoot me." This documentary was based on his front-line experiences covering the European war and what he saw soldiers go through during and returning from the war.

      Born in Nevada, Missouri but was raised in Weatherford, Texas until his family moved to Los Angeles.

      Was amateur lightweight boxing champion of California.

      Mother was newspaper reporter.

      Maternal great-grandfather was Col. William P. Richardson who led the 25th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War.

      He was first considered to star as the blind monk Jorge De Burgos in The Name of the Rose (1986). He accepted the part but had to leave due to his bad health.

      Accidentally struck and killed a Hollywood dancer, Tosca Roulien, while driving on Sunset Boulevard on September 25, 1933. Walter Huston appealed to MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer to use his influence with the LAPD regarding any questions of alcohol being involved. A subsequent inquest absolved Huston of any blame for the accident.

      Although not diagnosed with emphysema until 1978, it is widely believed he was already developing the lung disease while directing The Misfits (1961), following decades of heavy smoking.

      Clint Eastwood's movie White Hunter Black Heart (1990) is about the making of Huston's movie The African Queen (1951). The movie is based upon a screenplay by Peter Viertel, Huston's assistant during the making of The African Queen (1951). The character Eastwood plays is based upon Huston.

      Mike Nichols, in the director's commentary on the Catch-22 (1970) DVD, recalled that one day he was shooting street scenes at Rome's Studi di Cinecittà when he saw Huston at a pay phone. Huston was at Cinecittà helming The Kremlin Letter (1970), considered by many to be the nadir of his directorial career. Nichols says that Huston was on the phone placing bets with his bookie back in the US while the red light of the soundstage in which "Kremlin" was being shot was on. This meant that Huston's movie was being shot, but that it was not being directed by him. Such is the strange way by which movies were made, Nichols explains cryptically.

      Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 446-448. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

      Got the D.W. Griffith Career Achievement Award in 1985.

      Became an Honorary Doctor of Literature at the Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland in 1964.

      Was awarded the "One World Committee Award" in 1949.

      Was originally supposed to direct Quo Vadis (1951), but walked out following arguments about the script. He was replaced by Mervyn LeRoy.

      Producer Walter Mirisch complains that Huston acted unprofessionally in the post-production period after the shooting of Sinful Davey (1969). The initial preview of Huston's cut of the film in New York was disastrous, and Huston refused to cut the film after attending another preview, informing Mirisch via his agent that "he liked it just the way it is." Huston's agent informed Mirisch that his client "didn't see any reason to be present at previews." United Artists, which financed the film, was upset over the previews and demanded a re-edit. Huston refused to re-cut the picture, and the re-editing process was overseen by Mirisch. "Sinful Davey" was a failure at the box office after it was released. In his 2008 memoir, "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," Walter Mirisch writes that, "John Huston, in his autobiography, said that he was aghast when he saw what I had done in the re-editing of his picture. Responding to preview criticism, I had tried to make it less draggy and more accessible to American audiences.... I saw John Huston again on a couple of occasions, many years after the release of "Sinful Davey," and he was very cold, as I was to him. I thought his behavior in abandoning the picture was unprofessional." The two, who had worked together on Huston's 1956 adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick (1956), never collaborated again.

      In his 2008 memoir. "I Thought We Were Making Movies, Not History," producer Walter Mirisch says that he vetoed Huston's desire to use his daughter Anjelica Huston as his leading lady opposite John Hurt in Sinful Davey (1969), the story of a Scottish rakehell. Mirisch was worried that the inexperienced Angelica, who had appeared in only one other film at the time, A Walk with Love and Death (1969), also directed by her father, would have to adopt a Scottish accent for the role. In addition, Mirisch felt that "...her appearance was rather more Italian than Scottish, and in stature she towered over John Hurt. John [Huston] and I then had a serious falling out about casting Angelica." (For the record, Angelica is officially listed as 5' 10" tall and Hurt at 5' 9".) The producer and his director butted heads over Huston's insistence that his daughter play the female lead, but Huston finally capitulated, and Pamela Franklin was cast instead. (Angelica Huston appears in the finished film in an uncredited bit part.) The picture flopped, but Mirisch believed that the casting of the leading lady had nothing to do with it.

      Is one of the few people to receive at least one Oscar nomination in five consecutive decades (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s).

      In the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 9 of Huston's films are listed: The Maltese Falcon (1941), San Pietro (1945), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Beat the Devil (1953), Fat City (1972), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and The Dead (1987).

      Grandfather of Laura Huston and Jack Huston.

      Daughter Anjelica Huston was born while he was shooting The African Queen (1951) in Africa. He received the news of her birth by telegram.

      Was best friends with Humphrey Bogart.

      Has said that The MacKintosh Man (1973) (1973) is the worst movie he ever directed.

      His character "Noah Cross" in Chinatown (1974) was ranked the #16 greatest screen villain of all time on the American Film Institute's 100 Heroes and Villains list.

      When he married his fourth wife, Enrica "Ricki" Soma, he was 44 while she was only 20. They separated after ten years of marriage. They subsequently each had another child with other partners, but never divorced each other.

      He and Orson Welles were good friends from the 1940s to Welles' death in 1985. Both men coincidentally made their spectacular debut as directors in 1941 (Welles with Citizen Kane (1941) and Huston with The Maltese Falcon (1941)). Both would eventually be directed by the other: Welles' had a cameo in Huston's adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and Huston played the lead in Welles' unfinished The Other Side of the Wind (1972).

      In February 1933, his car collided with one being driven by Zita Johann, and was fined $30.

      Personal Quotes
      I've lived a number of lives. I'm inclined to envy the man who leads one life, with one job, and one wife, in one country, under one God. It may not be a very exciting existence, but at least by the time he's seventy-three he knows how old he is.

      On remakes: "There is a wilful lemming-like persistance in remaking past successes time after time. They can't make them as good as they are in our memories, but they go on doing them and each time it's a disaster. Why don't we remake some of our bad pictures - I'd love another shot at 'Roots of Heaven' - and make them good?"

      Half of directing is casting the right actors.

      I prefer to think that God is not dead, just drunk.

      The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.

      I fail to see any continuity in my work from picture to picture.

      I don't try to guess what a million people will like. It's hard enough to know what I like.

      I completely storyboarded The Maltese Falcon (1941) because I didn't want to lose face with the crew: I wanted to give the impression that I knew what I was doing.

      [from 1984] There is nothing more fascinating -- and more fun -- than making movies. Besides, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it.

      I'm told there is a Huston style; if so I'm not aware of it. I just make the film to its own requirements.

      [on George C. Scott] One of the best actors alive. But my opinion of him as an actor is much higher than my opinion of him as a man.

      [on Jack Nicholson] I have great respect for him. Not only as an artist but as an individual. He has a fine eye for good paintings and a good ear for fine music. And he's a lovely man to drink with. A boon companion! I'd like to make more pictures with Jack Nicholson.

      [on Paul Newman] Paul Newman is full of innovation. He has wonderful immediate ideas. Very often supplements mine, or has something better than my notions. Some action perhaps.

      [on Robert Mitchum] I think Bob is one of the very great actors and that his resources as an actor have never been fully tapped. He could be a Shakespearean actor. In fact, I think that he could play King Lear.

      [on Peter Lorre] Peter Lorre was one of the finest and most subtle actors I have ever worked with. Beneath that air of innocence he used to such effect, one sensed a Faustian worldliness. I'd know he was giving a good performance as we put it on film but I wouldn't know how good until I saw him in the rushes.

      [on Clark Gable] Clark Gable was the only real he-man I've ever known, of all the actors I've met.

      [on 'Humphrey Bogart' (qv] He was endowed with the greatest gift a man can have -- talent. The whole world came to recognize it. With the years he became increasingly aware of the dignity of his profession - Actor, not Star. Himself he never took seriously -- his work, most seriously. He regarded the somewhat gaudy figure of Bogart, the Star, with amused cynicism; Bogart the actor he held in great respect. He is quite irreplaceable.

      [on his father Walter Huston] I hate stars. They're not actors. I've been around actors all my life and I like them, but I never had an actor as a friend. Except Dad. And Dad never thought of himself as an actor. But the best actor I ever worked with was Dad. Dad was a man who never tried to sell anybody anything.

      [on Susannah York] Susannah was the personification of the uninformed arrogance of youth.

      [on Elisha Cook Jr.] Elisha Cook, Jr. lived alone up in the High Sierra, tied flies and caught golden trout between films. When he was wanted in Hollywood, they sent word up to his mountain cabin by courier. He would come down, do a picture and then withdraw again to his retreat.

      [on Marlon Brando] Brando was something else entirely. Brando had an explosive thing; you felt something smoldering, dangerous, about to ignite at times. Did you see Julius Caesar (1953)? Christ! I will never forget that; it was like a furnace door opening - the heat came off the screen. I don't know another actor who could do that.

      I think the worst thing I ever saw Brando do was Apocalypse Now (1979), which was just dreadful - the finish of that picture. The model for it, Heart of Darkness, has no finish either, and the movie-makers just didn't find one either. It's very good for a picture to have an ending before you start shooting!

      [on Marilyn Monroe] Marilyn wasn't killed by Hollywood. The girl was an addict of sleeping tablets and she was made so by the goddamn doctors.

      Hollywood doesn't like actors who are British classical actors. They like Michael Caine because he's a sort of English Everyman. But the Laurence Oliviers and the John Gielguds and Richard Burtons are not and can't be an Everyman. They have some quality of aristocratic greatness that Hollywood finds threatening.

      [on directing Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits (1961)] She went right down into her personal experience for everything, reached down and pulled something out of herself that was unique and extraordinary. She had no techniques. It was all truth, it was only Marilyn. But it was Marilyn plus. She found things, found things about womankind in herself.

      Beat the Devil (1953) $175,000
      A Farewell to Arms (1957) $250,000
      The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) $300,000
      Wise Blood (1979) $125,000

      1987 The Dead
      1985 Prizzi's Honor
      1984 Under the Volcano
      1982 Annie
      1981 Escape to Victory
      1980 Phobia
      1979 Wise Blood (as Jhon Huston)
      1979 Love and Bullets (uncredited)
      1976 Independence (short)
      1975 The Man Who Would Be King
      1973 The MacKintosh Man
      1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
      1972 Fat City
      1971 The Last Run (uncredited)
      1970 The Kremlin Letter
      1969 A Walk with Love and Death
      1969 Sinful Davey
      1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye
      1967 Casino Royale (scenes at Sir James Bond's house / castle in Scotland scenes)
      1966 The Bible: In the Beginning...
      1964 The Night of the Iguana
      1963 The List of Adrian Messenger
      1962 Freud
      1961 The Misfits
      1960 The Unforgiven
      1958 The Roots of Heaven
      1958 The Barbarian and the Geisha
      1957 A Farewell to Arms (uncredited)
      1957 Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
      1956 Moby Dick
      1953 Beat the Devil
      1952 Moulin Rouge
      1951 The African Queen
      1951 The Red Badge of Courage
      1950 The Asphalt Jungle
      1949 We Were Strangers
      1948 Key Largo
      1948 On Our Merry Way (uncredited)
      1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
      1946 Let There Be Light (documentary)
      1945 San Pietro (documentary short) (uncredited)
      1944 Tunisian Victory (documentary) (replacement scenes)
      1943 Report from the Aleutians (documentary) (uncredited)
      1942 Across the Pacific
      1942 Winning Your Wings (short)
      1942 In This Our Life
      1941 The Maltese Falcon

      1987 Mister Corbett's Ghost (TV movie) ...Soul Collector
      1986 Momo ...Meister Hora
      1985 The Black Cauldron ...Prologue Narrator (voice)
      1985 Epic ...Narrator (voice)
      1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series) – Pilot (1985) … Carlos/Narrator (segment "Man From The South")
      1983 Lovesick ...Larry Geller, M.D.
      1983/I A Minor Miracle ...Father Cardinas
      1983/II Young Giants ...Father Cardenas
      1982 Annie ...Actor on radio (uncredited)
      1982 Cannery Row ...Narrator (voice)
      1980 Head On ...Clarke Hill
      1980 The Return of the King (TV movie) ...Gandalf (voice)
      1979 Wise Blood ...Grandfather (as Jhon Huston)
      1979 Jaguar Lives! ...Ralph Richards
      1979 Winter Kills ...Pa Kegan
      1979 Stridulum ...Jerzy Colsowicz
      1978 The Word (TV mini-series) ...Nathan Randall
      1978 Angela ...Hogan
      1978 The Bermuda Triangle ...Edward
      1978 Il grande attacco ...Sean O'Hara
      1977 The Hobbit (TV movie) ...Gandalf the Grey (voice)
      1977 The Rhinemann Exchange (TV mini-series) ...Ambassador Henderson Granville
      1977 Tentacoli ...Ned Turner
      1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV movie) ...Prof. Moriarty
      1976 Bronk (TV series) – Long Time Dying (1976)
      1975 The Wind and the Lion ...John Hay
      1975 Breakout ...Harris Wagner
      1974 Chinatown ...Noah Cross
      1973 Battle for the Planet of the Apes ...The Lawgiver
      1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean ...Grizzly Adams
      1972 Appointment with Destiny (TV series) – The Crucifixion of Jesus (1972) … Narrator
      1972 The Other Side of the Wind ...J.J. Jake Hannaford
      1971 Man in the Wilderness ...Captain Henry
      1971 The Deserter ...General Miles
      1971 The Bridge in the Jungle ...Sleigh
      1970 Myra Breckinridge ...Buck Loner
      1970 The Kremlin Letter ...Admiral
      1969 A Walk with Love and Death ...Robert the Elder
      1969 De Sade ...Abbé de Sade
      1968 Candy ...Dr. Arnold Dunlap
      1967 Casino Royale ..M / General McTarry
      1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV series) – The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966) … Narrator
      1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... ..Noah
      1963 The Cardinal ...Glennon
      1963 The List of Adrian Messenger ...Lord Ashton (uncredited)
      1962 Freud ...Narrator (voice)
      1961 The Misfits ...Extra in Blackjack Scene (uncredited)
      1956 Moby Dick ...Barman/Ship's Lookout (voice) (uncredited)
      1951 The Red Badge of Courage ...Grizzled Union Veteran (uncredited)
      1949 We Were Strangers ...Señor Muñoz (uncredited)
      1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ...American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
      1930 The Storm (uncredited)
      1929 Hell's Heroes ...Bit Part (uncredited)
      1929 Two Americans (short)
      1929 The Shakedown ...Extra (uncredited)
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Directors Of The Saddle- John Huston

      John Huston like John Sturges and Otto Preminger
      only made one movie with Duke, but were prolific in their film making.


      The Barbarian and the Geisha.(1958)

      Huston not only directed many great movies,
      but also throughout his career, unlike other fellow directors,
      managed to appear or be a voice in lots of them as well!

      Classic movies like
      Moby Dick, The African Queen ,The Asphalt Jungle
      Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ,The Maltese Falcon

      Of course there is a big Bogart presence and it's no wonder
      as they were both best friends,
      and Huston considered Bogart the greatest talent of all.

      Not the same can be said of our Duke!!
      Huston, was known to have a mean streak when handling actors, and reportedly irritated John Wayne. While making The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958), John Wayne apparently became so enraged with director John Huston (who was something of a tough guy himself and was nearly as tall as Wayne, but not as massive) that he throttled and punched him out. It is unknown what Huston did to earn the beating, but the director was known to have a mean streak. Wayne later re-enacted the incident for Peter Bogdanovich, who was somewhat terrified to be used as a substitute for Huston.

      Within days of meeting on the set apparently, Duke loathed Huston,
      and the feeling was mutual. Being opposite ends of the political spectrum
      did not help to cement their relationship.

      Duke considered the whole movie and Huston's direction
      a disaster waiting to happen, and his directorship a complete shambles.

      Duke remarked to Pillar,
      The son of a b****... Can't make a good movie
      withour his father or Bogart to carry him

      Huston blamed Duke for the final cut of the movie
      John Huston later dismissed this film, claiming that the final version, re-cut by the studio, didn't resemble his vision at all and that he would've liked to have his name removed from the credits. Stylistically, Huston wanted to make it a particularly Japanese film in terms of photography, pacing, color and narration. According to him, only bits of this attempt were still intact and visible in the theatrical version.

      This is from my initial post on the movie, when I reviewed it back in
      February 2006

      Well, as they say, a strange old film this one!!
      I enjoy, the film, and it's very entertaining.
      Duke looked oddly out of place as Townsend Harrison,
      and from the look of it, he thought so too.
      Duke tried hard, but the film ended up being a mess,
      mainly because Duke and John Huston, got to dislike one another, in a big way!
      Chuck Roberson said,
      I liked Huston well enough, but the guy drove Duke up a pagoda, the way he hemmed and hawed, over directing a scene.

      Duke later was calling Huston a liar, and said,
      Actors were like figures on a Japenese screen to him;they were just things in the foreground...I found it impossible to make any contact at all.

      Things got bad to worse, and a good picture ended up as a bad picture,
      with Duke, much to the fury of Huston, re-editing the final prints.
      Huston said
      By the time the studios, had finished hacking up the picture to Duke's instructions...
      it was a complete mess.

      Author: Sycotron from California, USA.from IMDb
      Not an action packed John Wayne adventure but enjoyable for it's own merits.*
      Those merits include an interesting look at Japan circa 1856 and how the arrival of non-Japanese were looked on with fear and loathing.
      There are some odd directorial dead spots such as when Wayne as Townsend Harris is told he cannot fly the American flag. The Duke agrees to take it down but gives a speech stating that he will fly the flag at certain times. The scene trails off somewhat anti-climactically despite seemingly leading up to a dramatic confrontation.
      On the whole I found the film entertaining and worth viewing.

      Well there's one comment above, and I tend to agree, about the entertainment value.
      However, critics pointed out, that as I mentioned before,
      Duke looked bewildered in the movie, but many found it lovely to watch, with beautiful sets and costumes.
      To sum up,The NYTimes said,
      Single shots, of exquisite beauty, and incredible delicay of hues
      Duke said,
      Don't talk to me, about that Japenese thing
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- The Red Badge of Courage (1951)


      If you read Picture the story of the making of the Red Badge of Courage it give a narrative of Audie Murphy's first encounter with John Huston when he appeared totally disinterested in making the film and moody and petulant.
      It set the tone for the mood of the picture and by the end of the shoot Huston had lost all interest in the film.
      A similiar situation occured with The Barbarian and the Geisha when he delivered to the studio what he considered to be a beautiful film and later blamed Wayne for turning it into what he considered to be a bad one.


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    • Re: (New Review) Civil War Movies- The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

      According to Lauren Becall's book, Huston was not viewed by too many people in anything resembling a positive light.

      According to her (and coutless others), he was INCREDIBLY ego-centric, and difficult to work with.