Hollywood has always been a cage... a cage to catch our dreams
Director John Huston had Hollywood in his blood. His father, Walter Huston was a celebrated actor. His daughter, Anjelica Huston is an acclaimed actress perhaps best known for her roles in The Addams Family films while John’s son Danny Huston is also a film star, the villain in 2017’s blockbuster, Wonder Woman.
John was a noted actor himself, as well as a director. Despite a frail, often bedridden youth owing to a heart and kidney problems, John proved determined enough to travel from his birthplace in Missouri to New York where he became a teenage boxing star. From there he moved into acting, but not before a stint as short story writer and a reporter.
The multi-talented Huston then attempted to break into Hollywood again as a writer and director in the 1930s and 1940s. The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart is often ranked as one of the greatest directorial debuts of all time.
As an actor he gave a chilling performance in 1974’s Chinatown, but he mostly directed. His numerous films ranged from overseas adventures like The African Queen and The Man Who Would Be King to the good clean footballing fun of Escape To Victory and kids’ classic musical Annie.
A hard-drinking tough character who married six times, John cast his father Walter in his second film, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, securing Oscars for them both. Forty years later, he would repeat the trick, directing his own daughter Angelica to Oscar success in the crime drama, Prizzi’s Honor. It would be one of his last films.