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John Huston

John Huston

John Huston (1906-1987) was an iconic American film director, screenwriter, and actor, whose influential career spanned several decades. Born in Nevada, Missouri, Huston came from a family deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, with his father, Walter Huston, being a renowned actor. 

During the 1930s he focused on scriptwriting and his success there led him to his first directorial job with the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941), the first of a number of collaborations with actor Humphrey Bogart.

Two of his later films with Bogie, The Treasure Of The Sierrra Madre (1948) and The African Queen (1951), earned him Academy Awards in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

As well as being one of the most celebrated directors in cinema history, Huston also took on several acting roles, most notably opposite Jack Nicholson in the neo noir masterpiece, Chinatown (1974).

He passed away in 1987 shortly after completion of his final film, The Dead (1987), leaving behind a hugely impressive filmography that truly left its mark on the medium.

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