John Huston

August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987

John Marcellus Huston was an amateur boxer, painter, horseback rider, actor, writer, master of hounds and ballet dancer. He also dabbled in directing films.

One of the true “artists” in Hollywood history, Huston’s work as a director is a laundry list of some of the greatest cinematic treasures of all time: The Maltese Falcon, The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle, The Misfits, Prizzi’s Honor and The Red Badge of Courage…just to name a few. Known as a sort of rebel in the industry, Huston relied heavily on his training and passion for painting to shape and meticulously compose gorgeous shots and stitch them together, with minimal editing, to create stunning masterpieces. He was nominated for 15 Oscars, winning twice – both for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (writing and directing). In addition to his directing roles, Huston also acted in dozens of films and wrote the screenplays for nearly all of his movies. He directed both his father (Walter) and daughter (Anjelica) to Oscar-winning roles in two of his films leading to the Hustons becoming the first ever 3-generation Oscar family. Huston despised the Hollywood culture and instead preferred “wild places.” He spent time in Ireland and Mexico and anywhere he could be in nature. He developed emphysema after a lifetime of heavy smoking and died from complications of the disease at the age of 81.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – From Midland Ave. on the west side of the lake, locate the large family monument marked KENDALL. Behind this monument is a small bush with yellow flowers 3 rows from the road, John is buried beneath this bush.


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