Performer/director John Huston was born on August 5, 1906, in Nevada, Missouri. His first work as a film director was the classic hard-boiled detective story The Maltese Falcon (1941). Huston also played in a number of movies, notably playing villain Noah Cross in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. He expired in Rhode Island in 1987.
John Marcellus Huston was born in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His dad was noticed actor Walter Huston, and John spent his youth traveling with his family in vaudeville groups. He also got married during this time—his first of five unions—and shortly moved to L.A. and became a writer for the films, initially with Samuel Goldwyn.
It was around this time that Huston killed a female pedestrian in an automobile crash, and though he had not been charged with a crime, he was profoundly impacted by the incident and moved to London. After moving back to America, he married again and threw himself headlong right into a fresh writing place with Warner Bros., which led to his first Academy Award nomination, for Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940). His writing continued to impress, as well as in 1941 he was given his first directing duties, on The Maltese Falcon. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, a hard-boiled detective, as well as the tremendous success of the project ensured Huston’s new vocation.