On This Day – August 28, 1987: Actor John Huston dies in Middletown

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On this day in 1987, film director, screenwriter and actor, John Huston, died in Middletown, Rhode Island from pneumonia as a complication of lung disease.

Huston was in Rhode Island and rented a home in Middletown for his work as producer and co-writer of Mr. North (1998), the last film he would ever work on.

 Mr. North, which was being filmed in Newport and Bristol, Rhode Island, was being directed by Huston’s son Danny and Huston’s daughter Anjelica was one of the stars of the film.

Huston reportedly personally asked Robert Mitchum to take his part in Mr. North after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. Mitchum filmed the role during a break from War and Remembrance (1988).

During his 46-year career, Huston received 15 Oscar nominations, won twice, and directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films. 

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Huston, who was born on August 5th 1906 in Nevada, Missouri, wrote the screenplays for most of the thirty-seven feature films he directed, including what these classics; The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre(1948), Key Largo (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Misfits (1961), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). 

In the following speech from 1983, director, actor and writer John Huston accepts the 11th American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award. Some Huston’s best known films include Chinatown, The Maltese Falcon, and The African Queen.

Before becoming a Hollywood filmmaker, he had been an amateur boxer, reporter, short-story writer, portrait artist in Paris, a cavalry rider in Mexico, and a documentary filmmaker during World War II. 

Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident at one point. He returned to the United States, where he lived the rest of his life.

Huston was married five times and had five children.

Huston is interred next to his mother in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.

According to Wikipedia, Huston has the following filmography credits to his name;

Director

YearFilmNotes
1941The Maltese FalconNominated-Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay
1942In This Our Life
Across the Pacific
1946Let There Be LightDocumentary
1948The Treasure of the Sierra MadreAcademy Award for Best Director
Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated—Venice Film Festival Grand International Award
Key Largo
1949We Were Strangers
1950The Asphalt JungleNational Board of Review Award for Best Director
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated—Venice Film Festival Golden Lion
1951The Red Badge of Courage
The African QueenNominated—Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
1952Moulin RougeVenice Film Festival Silver Lion
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated—Venice Film Festival Golden Lion
1953Beat the Devil
1956Moby DickSilver Ribbon for Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
1957Heaven Knows, Mr. AllisonNominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
1958The Barbarian and the Geisha
The Roots of Heaven
1960The Unforgiven
The MisfitsNominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
1962FreudNominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Nominated—Golden Bear for Best Motion Picture
1963The List of Adrian Messenger
1964The Night of the IguanaNominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Director
1966The BibleNominated—David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director
1967Reflections in a Golden Eye
Casino Royale
1969Sinful Davey
A Walk with Love and Death
1970The Kremlin Letter
1972Fat City
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
1973The Mackintosh Man
1975The Man Who Would Be King
1976IndependenceDocumentary
1979Wise BloodNominated—Gold Hugo for Best Feature
Nominated— San Sebastián International Film Festival for Best Film
1980Phobia
1981VictoryNominated—Moscow International Film Festival Golden Prize
1982Annie
1984Under the VolcanoNominated—Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or
1985Prizzi’s HonorBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Venice Film Festival Golden Ciak for Best Film
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director
Nominated—Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Nominated—Silver Ribbon for Best Foreign Director
Nominated—Venice Film Festival Golden Lion
1987The DeadBodil Award for Best Non-European Film
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics for Best Foreign Film
Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
London Film Critics Circle Award for Director of the Year
Silver Guild Film Award for Best Foreign Film
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film
Nominated—David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director
Nominated—Tokyo International Film Festival Grand Prix

Screenwriter

YearTitleDirectorNotes
1930The StormWilliam Wyler(written with Charles Logue, Langdon McCormick, Tom Reed, and Wells Root)
1931A House Divided(written with John B. Clymer, Olive Edens, and Dale Van Every)
1932Murders in the Rue MorgueRobert Florey(written with Tom Reed, and Dale Van Every)
1932Law and OrderEdward L. Cahn(written with Tom Reed, and Richard Schayer)
1935Death Drives ThroughEdward L. Cahn(written with Katherine Strueby, and Gordon Wellesley)
It Happened in ParisRobert Wyler
Carol Reed
(written with Katherine StruebyH. F. Maltby)
1938The Amazing Dr. ClitterhouseAnatole Litvak(written with John Wexley)
JezebelWilliam Wyler(written with Clements Ripley, Abem Finkel, and Robert Buckner)
1940Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic BulletWilliam Dieterle(written with Norman Burnstine and Heinz Herald)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1941High SierraRaoul Walsh(written with W. R. Burnett)
The Maltese FalconHimselfNominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Sergeant YorkHoward Hawks(written with Abem Finkel, Harry Chandler, and Howard Koch)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
1946The KillersRobert Siodmak(written with Anthony Veiller)
(uncredited)
The Three StrangersJean Negulesco(written with Howard Koch)
1948The Treasure of the Sierra MadreHimselfAcademy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
National Board of Review Award for Best Screenplay
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Western
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
Key Largo(written with Richard Brooks)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
1949We Were Strangers(written with Peter Viertel)
1950The Asphalt Jungle(written with Ben Maddow)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—The Robert Meltzer Award (Screenplay Dealing Most Ably with Problems of the American Scene)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
1951The African Queen(written with James Agee)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
1952Moulin Rouge(written with Anthony Veiller)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
1953Beat the Devil(written with Truman Capote)
1956Moby Dick(written with Ray Bradbury)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay (2nd place)
1957Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison(written with John Lee Mahin)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
1961The Asphalt JungleHerman Hoffman(written with Ben Maddow; teleplay by George Bellak)
Television; episode “The Professor”
1964The Night of the IguanaHimself(written with Anthony Veiller)
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Drama
1970The Kremlin Letter(written with Gladys Hill)
1975The Man Who Would Be King(written with Gladys Hill)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Writers Guild of America Award for Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium
1988Mr. NorthDanny Huston(written with Janet Roach and James Costigan)

Actor

YearTitleRoleNotes
1929The ShakedownExtraDirected by William Wyler
Uncredited
Hell’s Heroes
1930The Storm
1948The Treasure of the Sierra MadreAmerican in Tampico in White SuitAlso director
Uncredited
1949We Were StrangersSeñor Muñoz
1951The Red Badge of CourageGrizzled union veteran
1956Moby DickBarman / ship’s lookout (voice)
1961The MisfitsExtra in Blackjack scene
1962Freud: The Secret PassionNarrator
The List of Adrian MessengerLord Ashton
1963The CardinalCardinal Lawrence GlennonDirected by Otto Preminger
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance
1966The BibleNoahAlso director
The Legend of Marilyn MonroeNarratorDirected by Terry Sanders
1967Casino RoyaleM / General McTarryAlso co-director
1968CandyDr. Arnold DunlapDirected by Christian Marquand
1969De SadeThe AbbeDirected by Cy Endfield
A Walk with Love and DeathRobert the ElderAlso director
1970The Kremlin LetterAdmiral
Myra BreckinridgeBuck LonerDirected by Michael Sarne
1971The Bridge in the JungleSleighDirected by Pancho Kohner
The DeserterGeneral MilesDirected by Burt Kennedy
Man in the WildernessCaptain HenryDirected by Richard C. Sarafian
1972Appointment with DestinyNarratorEpisode: “The Crucifixion of Jesus”
The Life and Times of Judge Roy BeanGrizzly AdamsAlso director
1973Battle for the Planet of the ApesThe LawgiverDirected by J. Lee Thompson
1974ChinatownNoah CrossDirected by Roman Polanski
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1975BreakoutHarris WagnerDirected by Tom Gries
The Wind and the LionJohn HayDirected by John Milius
1976Sherlock Holmes in New YorkProfessor MoriartyDirected by Boris Sagal
1977The Rhinemann ExchangeAmbassador Henderson GranvilleDirected by Burt Kennedy
TentaclesNed TurnerDirected by Ovidio G. Assonitis
AngelaHoganDirected by Boris Sagal
The HobbitGandalfDirected by Arthur Rankin, Jr.Jules Bass
1978The Greatest BattleSean O’HaraDirected by Umberto Lenzi
The Bermuda TriangleEdwardDirected by René Cardona, Jr.
The WordNathan RandallTV miniseries
1979The VisitorJerzy ColsowiczDirected by Giulio Paradisi
Winter KillsPa KeganDirected by William Richert
Wise BloodGrandfatherAlso director
Jaguar Lives!Ralph RichardsDirected by Ernest Pintoff
1980The Return of the KingGandalfDirected by Jules BassArthur Rankin, Jr.
Head OnClarke HillDirected by Michael Grant
1982Cannery RowNarratorDirected by David S. Ward
AnnieActor on radioAlso director
Uncredited
1983LovesickLarry Geller, M.D.Directed by Marshall Brickman
A Minor MiracleFather CardenasDirected by João Fernandes
1985Alfred Hitchcock PresentsCarlos
Narrator
Episode: “Pilot”
Segment: “Man from the South”
EpicNarratorDirected by Yoram Gross
The Black CauldronDirected by Ted Berman and Richard Rich
1986MomoMeister HoraDirected by Johannes Schaaf
1987Mister Corbett’s GhostSoul collectorDirected by Danny Huston
2018The Other Side of the WindJake HannafordDirected by Orson Welles. [Scenes filmed in 1974–1975].
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