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US film director, writer, and actor. His debut feature was The Maltese Falcon (1941). In 1946, he won a best director Academy Award for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Other classics followed, such as Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and The African Queen (1951). After a series of critical failures, Huston returned to form with The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Prizzi's Honor (1985). His last film was The Dead (1987).

Summary Article: Huston, John
From Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(born Aug. 5, 1906, Nevada, Mo., U.S—died Aug. 28, 1987, Middletown, R.I.) U.S. film director and screenwriter. The son of Walter Huston, he was briefly a boxer, a Mexican cavalry officer, and a reporter before becoming a scriptwriter. His first work as a director, The Maltese Falcon (1941), began an illustrious career studded with film classics: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, Academy Awards for best director and screenplay), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Prizzi’s Honor (1985), and The Dead (1987). He wrote screenplays for many of his own films and for others such as Jezebel (1938), Juarez (1939), and High Sierra (1941). He also worked as an actor, notably in Chinatown (1974). His daughter Anjelica (b. 1951) was an accomplished actress, earning an Academy Award for her performance in Prizzi’s Honor (1985).

Birth Place: Nevada, Missouri, United States

Death Place: Middletown, Rhode Island, United States

Name: Huston, John or John Huston

Gender: male

Nationality: American

Activity: American director, writer, and actor

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