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American film director, screenwriter and actor. John Marcellus Huston (1906 1987) was born in Nevada, Missouri to legendary vaudevillian actor Walter Huston and Rhea Gore, a journalist. His career began at age 3 with stage performances with his father. After his parents' divorce in 1913, he continued to travel the vaudeville circuit with his father, but also roamed the country with his news-seeking mother. He quit school at 14 to become boxer, eventually wining the Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship of California. In 1924 he made both his first professional stage appearance in an off-Broadway play and his Broadway debut. After doing another Broadway show later that year, he left his wife and acting career for Mexico, becoming an cavalry officer while writing plays. Returning the U.S., he worked as a reporter in New York, as a screenwriter for Samuel Goldwyn, and as an unbilled actor in several films; then he was off to Europe for a year to study painting before returning to America in 1933 where he began his screenwriter career by collaborating on scripts for Warner Bros. Warner gave him his first film success as both screenwriter and director for the classic 1941 The Maltese Falcon . Before serving in World War II, he wrote and staged a couple of Broadway plays, and directed several more films. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Huston wrote and/or directed such revered classics as The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) which won him Oscars for both director and screenplay and his father an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Key Largo (1948), The African Queen (1951), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Red Badge of Courage (1951) and Moulin Rouge (1952). Later noteworthy films were Moby Dick (1956), The Unforgiven (1960), The Misfits (1961), and The Night of the Iguana (1964). Huston returned to acting in Otto Preminger's 1963 The Cardinal gaining him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in several more films, the most outstanding of which were Chinatown (1974) and The Wind and the Lion (1975). Huston resurged as a director in the 1970s with several quality films. Among his last films were Under the Volcano (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985) where he directed his daughter's, Angelica Huston, Oscar-winning performance. Huston received 15 Oscar nominations in the course of his career; and also had the unique distinction of directing both his father and his daughter in Oscar-winning performances, making the Hustons the first family to have three generations of Academy Award winners. Huston lead a flamboyant life unencumbered by convention. He was a boxer, a cavalry officer, itinerant painter, gambler, drinker, romancer, big game and foxhunter, and the husband to five wives. When friends read his 1980 sanitized autobiography, An Open Book, they alleged said, "Good book, John - who's it about?".

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