PROFILE
Name:
Danny Huston
Birth Date:
May 14, 1962
Birth Place:
Rome, Italy
Height:
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Nationality:
Italy
Famous for:
His rolel in 'Ivansxtc' (2000)
BIOGRAPHY
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Ivansxtc

Background:

“Sometimes film is just the family business. Some families are generations of carpenters or farmers, or they make clothes, or they’re all lawyers. I’m in the family business.” Danny Huston

Director-turned-actor Danny Huston has followed in the family tradition of chasing a wide-ranging artistic career. He started as a painter, but gravitated early to movie directing and has directed a number of television and film projects, including the critically admired Mr. North (1988). Starting in 1995’s Leaving Las Vegas, Huston shifted gears to acting and has continued in that capacity until now.

The multi-talented performer gained worldwide notice with his breakthrough role as Hollywood talent agent Ivan Beckman in the Bernard Rose-helmed indie Ivansxtc (2000), from which he also picked up an Independent Spirit nomination. His later role, as the conservative colleague and pal of a British diplomat, in the stunning movie The Constant Gardener (2005) won Huston even more attention and recognition, including a Satellite Award. Other memorable performances include playing the ill-fated husband in 21 Grams (2003, won a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award) and as president of TWA airlines in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004, received a Screen Actors Guild nod).

Recently portraying supporting roles in films Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Alpha Male, Children of Men, and television film Covert One: The Hades Factor, Huston will play various roles in the upcoming projects Fade to Black (2006), I Really Hate My Job (2007), The Number 23 (2007) and 30 Days of Night (2007).

Outside the spotlight, Huston is the husband of Katie Jane Evans and has one child with her. The family currently resides in Los Angeles. Huston previously married screen beauty Virginia Madsen (from 1989 -1992).


Huston Dynasty

Childhood and Family:

Son of legendary director John Huston and actress Zoe Sallis, Danny Huston was born on May 14, 1962, when his father was shooting a film in Rome, Italy. He is half brother to Oscar winner Anjelica Huston and writer Tony Huston from 1987’s film The Dead, directed by John and starring Anjelica. His grandfather, Walter Huston, was star from the 30’s and 40’s and also an Academy Award winner. Danny grew up under the guidance of his mom whose affair with his father never became a marriage. Later, he joined his father in Ireland and lived with him in homes dispersed about Mexico and the United States.

6-foot 2-inch tall Danny has been married twice. He tied the knot with one of the hottest stars of the mid-80s, actress Virginia Madsen (born on September 11, 1961) from 1989 to 1992. Nine years after the couple divorced, he married current wife Katie Jane Evans, with whom he shares a daughter named Stella.


The Constant Gardener

Career:

Danny Huston began his career as a painter, but soon gravitated towards directing, following in the footsteps of his famous dad, John Huston. His first gig was directing the main title sequence in his father’s period drama, Under the Volcano (1984). He continued to direct the documentary film Santa Claus: The Making of the Movie (1985), and the made-made-for-television films Bigfoot and the British drama Mister Corbett’s Ghost (both 1987). The latter project starred Paul Scofield, Burgess Meredith and his father. Huston made his big screen directorial debut with the critically praised Mr. North (1988), a modern-day adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s novel. With the help of his father, he got Lauren Becall to appear in his comedy film that starred Anthony Edwards.

After his father’s death, Huston helmed the biopic film Becoming Colette (1991) and the Burt Reynolds- Angie Dickinson psycho-horror flick The Maddening (1995). It was also in 1995 that he started to move in front of the camera as an actor by playing a small role as a bartender in the Nicholas Cage starring vehicle Leaving Las Vegas, directed by Mike Figgis, a career alteration that offered him with better critical notices. He followed it up with more important parts in smaller or slighter-known movies such as Bernard Rose’s remake of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1997), director-writer Daphna Kastner’s Spanish Fly (1998) and Figgis’ experimental Timecode (2000).

Huston graduated to a leading role when director Bernard Rose cast him as Ivan Beckman, a dying Hollywood agent on a wasted seek out sympathy, in the independent drama Ivansxtc (2000). The role brought the actor international attention as well as an Independent Spirit nod for Best Male Lead. Returning to supporting roles, he portrayed a crooked business man in the drama Eden (2001), a menacing hotel manager in Mike Figgis’ experimental ensemble piece Hotel (2001), and Naomi Watt’s unfortunate husband in Alejandro Gonzalez’s 21 Grams (2003), from which he won a Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble Acting, sharing with Watts, Sean Penn and Marc Musso, among others.

Huston’s growing profile was further confirmed in the following when he was hired to work in three high-profile films. He first was cast as an ex-reporter turned scruffy private detective in writer-director John Sayles’ political satire and murder mystery Silver City, and then portrayed Nicole Kidman’s affluent fiancée in the Jonathan Glazer-helmed romantic thriller Birth. He even picked up a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his work in the Martin Scorsese epic biography The Aviator, appearing as the president of TWA airlines who persuaded legendary billionaire Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) to conquest the ailing airline.

2005 saw Huston deliver his most captivating and calculated performance to date when he portrayed the conventional associate and friend of a British diplomat whose wife is bafflingly murdered in Academy Award-nominated director Fernando Meirelles’s dazzling film The Constant Gardener. For his impressive performance, he was handed a Satellite for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role. The same year, he offered a villainous supporting part as the brutal Arthur Burns in the critically acclaimed film The Proposition, which starred Guy Pearce.

Recently, Huston made his television movie debut in Covert One: The Hades Factor (2006), starring Stephen Dorff and Mira Sorvino. He also appeared with Kristen Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), played Jim Ferris in Alpha Male (2006) and teamed up with Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in Alfonso Cuaron’s futuristic tale Children of Men (2006).

The in-demand performer has recently completed Oliver Parker’s thriller movie Fade to Black (2006), playing Orson Wells. He also has two films in post-production: I Really Hate My Job, opposite Neve Campbell and Shirley Henderson, and the Jim Carrey vehicle The Number 23, both for 2007 release. Huston is currently filming 30 Days of Night, a horror/thriller for director David Slade.


Awards:

  • Satellite: Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama, The Constant Gardener, 2005
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society: Best Ensemble Acting, 21 Grams, 2004
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