Danny Huston

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Danny Huston
Anjelica Huston Danny Huston 62nd Annual Academy Awards.jpg
Danny Huston (left) with his sister, Anjelica Huston, at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards in 1990
Born Daniel Sallis Huston
(1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 52)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Actor/Director
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Virginia Madsen (1989–92)
Katie Jane Evans (2001–08; her death)
Children 1, Stella
Parents John Huston and Zoe Sallis
Relatives

Daniel Sallis "Danny" Huston (born May 14, 1962) is an 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.[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 played gangster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond on Mitch Glazer's Magic City on the Starz network from 2012 to 2013. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2013. Later that year, he portrayed The Axeman in a recurring role on American Horror Story: Coven.

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 dated Magic City co-star Olga Kurylenko for approximately a year.[5][6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Leaving Las Vegas Bartender #2
1997 Anna Karenina Stiva
1998 Spanish Fly John
1998 Susan's Plan Gambler #2
1999 Rockin' Good Times Jimmy's Manager
2000 Timecode Randy
2000 Ivans Xtc Ivan Beckman
2001 Eden Kalman
2001 Hotel Hotel manager
2002 Torture TV Gary Silverman
2002 The Bacchae Herdsman
2003 21 Grams Michael
2004 Silver City Danny O'Brien
2004 Birth Joseph
2004 The Aviator Jack Frye
2005 The Proposition Arthur Burns
2005 The Constant Gardener Sandy Woodrow
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Frank Klein Television miniseries
2006 Marie Antoinette Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
2006 Alpha Male Jim Ferris
2006 Children of Men Nigel
2006 Fade to Black Orson Welles
2007 I Really Hate My Job Al Bowlly / Himself
2007 The Number 23 Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
2007 The Kingdom Gideon Young
2007 30 Days of Night Marlow
2008 The Kreutzer Sonata Edgar
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Lawrence Maddox
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Colonel William Stryker
2009 Boogie Woogie Art Spindle
2010 Edge of Darkness Jack Bennett
2010 Clash of the Titans Poseidon
2010 You Don't Know Jack Geoffrey Fieger Television film
2010 The Warrior's Way The Colonel
2010 Robin Hood Richard the Lionheart
2010 The Conspirator Joseph Holt
2011 Un monstre à Paris Préfet Maynott Voice
2011 Playoff Max Stoller
2012 Two Jacks Jack
2012 Wrath of the Titans Poseidon
2012 Stolen Tim Harlend
2012 Hitchcock Whitfield Cook
2012 Boxing Day
2013 The Congress Jeff
2014 Big Eyes Dick Nolan Completed
2014 The Liberator Martin Torkington Completed
2014 Pressure Engel Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ty Caulfield, casino manager Episode: "Suckers"
2008 John Adams Samuel Adams 3 episodes
2012–13 Magic City Ben "The Butcher" Diamond 16 episodes
2013–14 American Horror Story: Coven The Axeman 7 episodes
2014 Masters of Sex Dr. Douglas Greathouse 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Ivans Xtc Nominated[7]
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast 21 Grams Won[8]
2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Constant Gardener Won[9]
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Aviator Nominated[10]
2006 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor The Proposition Nominated[11]
2008 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries John Adams Nominated[12]
2011 Montreal World Film Festival Best Actor Playoff Won[13]
2013 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Magic City Nominated[14]
2014 Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television American Horror Story: Coven Nominated[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 8, 2013). "American Horror Story' Taps Danny Huston to Join 'Coven". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  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. ^ Paylor, Juliet (November 7, 2013). Daily Mail (London) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2491012/Quantum-Of-Solaces-Olga-Kurylenko-set-lead-cast-supernatural-horror-film-Mara--makers-Paranormal-Activity-Insidious.html |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ "Independent Spirit Awards (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2004)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Satellite Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Toronto Film Critics Association Awards (2006)". 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. 
  15. ^ "The Saturn Award Nominations Include GRAVITY and THE HOBBIT". Collider. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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