Danny Huston

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Danny Huston
Anjelica Huston.jpg
Danny Huston (left) with his half-sister, Anjelica Huston, at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in 1990
BornDaniel Sallis Huston
(1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 51)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor/Director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Virginia Madsen (1989–92)
Katie Jane Evans (2001–08; her death)
ChildrenStella
 
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Danny Huston
Anjelica Huston.jpg
Danny Huston (left) with his half-sister, Anjelica Huston, at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in 1990
BornDaniel Sallis Huston
(1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 51)
Rome, Italy
OccupationActor/Director
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Virginia Madsen (1989–92)
Katie Jane Evans (2001–08; her death)
ChildrenStella

Daniel Sallis "Danny" Huston (born May 14, 1962) is an award-winning American actor, writer and director. Huston got his start directing Mr. North starring Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum and his sister, Anjelica Huston. Later, Huston gave his breakthrough acting performance in the independent film Ivans Xtc and was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003. 

His film credits include Birth opposite Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, for which the ensemble cast was nominated for a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award, The Constant Gardener, for which he received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance; Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Peter Berg’s The Kingdom, Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock.  Huston’s latest film, The Congress, opened the 45th Director’s Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2013.      

Huston is filming the Weinstein Company film Big Eyes where he will star alongside Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.  The film is directed by Tim Burton. In 2013, he joined the cast of the FX thriller series American Horror Story: Coven, portraying the Axeman of New Orleans.[1]

Early life[edit]

Huston was born in Rome, Italy. He is the son of actress Zoe Sallis and director John Huston, adoptive brother of Pablo Huston, half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston and screenwriter Tony Huston, uncle of actor Jack Huston, stepbrother of writer and editor Allegra Huston, and grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Walter Huston, through whom he is of Canadian, Irish, and Scottish descent.[2] His mother, Zoe Sallis, was an actress and author whose ancestry was Indian and English.[3] Huston was conceived as a result of an affair between Sallis and John Huston.[4]

Career[edit]

His father, John Huston, produced Danny's first feature as a director, Mr. North, an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's last novel, Theophilus North. In 1995's Leaving Las Vegas, he moved in front of the camera and has since acted in over 20 films. He gave his breakthrough acting performance in the independent film Ivans Xtc. The Bernard Rose feature was nominated for several Independent Spirit Awards in 2003, including Best Male Performance for Huston’s portrayal of Hollywood talent agent Ivan Beckman. Huston has worked nonstop as an actor ever since.

Soon after Ivans Xtc, he worked on Martin Scorsese's The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alec Baldwin, for which the ensemble cast was nominated for a 2004 SAG Award. In 2006, Huston received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Sandy Woodrow in Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener. That year, Huston starred in the critically acclaimed Australian western The Proposition with Guy Pearce and Emily Watson. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Huston also starred in the British independent features Alpha Male and Oliver Parker’s Fade to Black, in which he played Orson Welles alongside Christopher Walken and Paz Vega. He has collaborated several times with British directors Mike Figgis and Bernard Rose, most recently with Rose on The Kreutzer Sonata, which premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

His other film credits include Birth, Silver City, Marie Antoinette, The Number 23, The Kingdom, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and 30 Days of Night. He most recently portrayed Samuel Adams in the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams. He also portrayed Colonel William Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel for the trilogy.

His 2009–10 roles include Boogie Woogie, The Warrior's Way, the thriller Edge of Darkness, and the adventure films Clash of the Titans and Robin Hood. He played the famous lawyer Geoffrey Fieger HBO's film You Don't Know Jack. Huston will also feature alongside Nicolas Cage in the Simon West-directed film Medallion.

Huston plays gangster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond on Mitch Glazer's Magic City on the Starz network.

Personal life[edit]

Huston has been married twice. His first wife was Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen. He married his second wife, Katie Jane Evans, in 2001 and they separated in 2006. She committed suicide in October 2008 before the divorce was finalized. They had one daughter named Stella. He has started dating Magic City co-star Olga Kurylenko.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Leaving Las VegasBartender #2
1997Anna KareninaStiva
1998Spanish FlyJohn
1998Susan's PlanGambler #2
1999Rockin' Good TimesJimmy's Manager
2000TimecodeRandy
2000Ivans XtcIvan BeckmanNominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
2001EdenKalman
2001HotelHotel manager
2002Torture TVGary Silverman
2002The BacchaeHerdsman
200321 GramsMichaelPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2004Silver CityDanny O'Brien
2004BirthJoseph
2004The AviatorJack FryeNominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005The PropositionArthur BurnsNominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005The Constant GardenerSandy WoodrowSatellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorFrank KleinTelevision miniseries
2006Marie AntoinetteJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
2006Alpha MaleJim Ferris
2006Children of MenNigel
2006Fade to BlackOrson Welles
2007I Really Hate My JobAl Bowlly / Himself
2007The Number 23Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
2007The KingdomGideon Young
200730 Days of NightMarlow
2008The Kreutzer SonataEdgar
2008How to Lose Friends & Alienate PeopleLawrence Maddox
2009X-Men Origins: WolverineColonel William Stryker
2009Boogie WoogieArt Spindle
2010Edge of DarknessJack Bennett
2010Clash of the TitansPoseidon
2010You Don't Know JackGeoffrey FiegerTelevision film
2010The Warrior's WayThe Colonel
2010Robin HoodRichard the Lionheart
2010The ConspiratorJoseph Holt
2011Un monstre à ParisPréfet MaynottVoice
2011PlayoffMax StollerMontréal World Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2012Two JacksJack
2012Wrath of the TitansPoseidon
2012StolenTim Harlend
2012HitchcockWhitfield Cook
2012Boxing Day
2013The CongressJeff
2014Big EyesDick NolanPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTy Caulfield, casino managerEpisode: "Suckers"
2008John AdamsSamuel Adams3 episodes
Nominated – Monte-Carlo Television Festival's Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actor - Mini Series
2012-2013Magic CityBen "The Butcher" Diamond16 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2013-2014American Horror Story: CovenThe Axeman4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2003Independent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadIvans XtcNominated[6]
2004Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Cast21 GramsWon[7]
2005Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureThe Constant GardenerWon[8]
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe AviatorNominated[9]
2006Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe PropositionNominated[10]
2007Chlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe PropositionNominated[11]
2008Monte-Carlo Television FestivalOutstanding Actor in a MiniseriesJohn AdamsNominated[12]
2011Montreal World Film FestivalBest ActorPlayoffWon[13]
2013Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmMagic CityNominated[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/american-horror-story-taps-danny-624081
  2. ^ Huston, John (1994). An Open Book. Da Capo Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-306-80573-1. 
  3. ^ Carr, Jay (1988-07-31). "HAVING NOAH FOR A FATHER TO HIS SON DANNY, JOHN HUSTON WAS INDEED LARGER THAN LIFE". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-05-17. "My mother's half Indian, half English" 
  4. ^ Synnot, Siobhan (2008-06-15). "Name of the father – Danny Huston". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  5. ^ Daily Mail
  6. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Satellite Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association Awards (2006)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Chlotrudis Awards (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Monte-Carlo TV Festival (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Montreal World Film Festival (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Golden Globes, USA (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 

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