Danny Huston

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Danny Huston
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Daniel Sallis Huston

(1962-05-14) May 14, 1962 (age 60)
Rome, Italy
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
Alma materLondon Film School
  • Actor
  • Director
Years active1975–present
(m. 1989; div. 1992)

Katie Jane Evans
(m. 2001; d. 2008)

Daniel Sallis Huston (born May 14, 1962) is an Italian-born American actor and film director. A member of the Huston family of filmmakers, he is the son of director John Huston and the half-brother of actress Anjelica Huston.

He is known for his roles in films such as Ivans Xtc (2000),[1] for which he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, 21 Grams (2003), Birth (2004), The Aviator (also 2004),[2] The Proposition (2005), The Constant Gardener (2005), Marie Antoinette (2006),[3] Children of Men (also 2006), The Kingdom (2007),[4] 30 Days of Night (also 2007), Robin Hood (2010),[5] Hitchcock (2012),[6] The Congress (2013),[7] Big Eyes (2014)[8] and the DC Extended Universe superhero film Wonder Woman (2017).[9][10]

Huston portrayed The Axeman on the FX series American Horror Story: Coven and Massimo Dolcefino on American Horror Story: Freak Show.[11][12] He played Ben "The Butcher" Diamond on Magic City (2012–13), Dan Jenkins in the first two seasons of the Paramount Network drama series Yellowstone (2018–19), and Jamie Laird on the second season of Succession (2019). His directing credits include the films Mr. North (1988), The Maddening (1995) and The Last Photograph (2017).

Early life[edit]

Huston was born May 14, 1962, in Rome, Italy. He is the son of director and actor John Huston, and British actress Zoe Sallis.[13] At the time, Huston was in Italy directing The Bible: In the Beginning..., in which Sallis played Hagar. Through his father, he has an adoptive half brother, Pablo Huston, and is the half brother of actress Anjelica Huston, screenwriter Tony Huston, and writer Allegra Huston. He is the uncle of actor Jack Huston and grandson of Academy Award-winning actor Walter Huston. He is of Canadian, Welsh, Scots-Irish, Scottish, and Anglo-Indian descent.[14][15]

The younger Huston spent much of his early life in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and maintains British citizenship through his mother.[16] He worked as an assistant to his father during the production of Under the Volcano (1984), and was a second unit director on The Dead (1987). Huston is a graduate of London Film School.[17]


Huston made his acting debut at the age of 12 in the George Kennedy-starring thriller film The "Human" Factor (1975).

In 1988, Huston directed Mr. North, which was an adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Theophilus North. The film was produced by his father, who died before its completion.[18][19] In 1995, Huston played Bartender #2 in Leaving Las Vegas and directed the film The Maddening.[20][21]

Huston was nominated for Best Male Performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2003 for his performance in the independent film Ivans Xtc.[1]

Huston appeared in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. The ensemble cast was nominated for a 2004 SAG Award.[2] In 2006, Huston received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Sandy Woodrow in Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener.[22] Huston starred in the Australian western The Proposition.[23]

Huston starred in Alpha Male and Oliver Parker's Fade to Black, in which he played Orson Welles.[24][25] He starred in The Kreutzer Sonata, which premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival.[26]

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 portrayed Samuel Adams in the award-winning HBO miniseries John Adams and Colonel William Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel to the original trilogy of X-Men films.[27]

Huston has been featured in Boogie Woogie, The Warrior's Way, Edge of Darkness, Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood, You Don't Know Jack, and Medallion.[27]

Huston played gangster Ben "The Butcher" Diamond on Mitch Glazer's Magic City, for which was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2013.[28] He portrayed The Axeman in the FX thriller series American Horror Story: Coven and Massimo Dolcefino in American Horror Story: Freak Show.[11] Huston starred as General Erich Ludendorff in the 2017 film Wonder Woman and as Wade Jennings in Angel Has Fallen.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1989, Huston married actress Virginia Madsen. They divorced in 1992. In 2001, he married Katie Jane Evans with whom he had a child, Stella.[29] Huston and Evans separated in 2006. Evans died by suicide in October 2008 before the divorce was finalized.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 The "Human" Factor Mark Kinsdale Credited as 'Danny Houston'
1988 Mr. North As director
1991 Becoming Colette [fr]
1995 The Maddening
Leaving Las Vegas Bartender
1997 Anna Karenina Stiva
1998 Spanish Fly John
Susan's Plan Gambler
1999 Rockin' Good Times Jimmy's Manager
2000 Timecode Randy
Ivans Xtc Ivan Beckman
2001 Eden Kalman
Hotel Hotel Manager
2002 Torture TV Gary Silverman
The Bacchae Herdsman
2003 21 Grams Michael
2004 Silver City Danny O'Brien
Birth Joseph
The Aviator Jack Frye
2005 The Proposition Arthur Burns
The Constant Gardener Sandy Woodrow
2006 Marie Antoinette Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
Alpha Male Jim Ferris
Children of Men Nigel
Fade to Black Orson Welles
2007 The Number 23 Isaac French / Dr. Miles Phoenix
I Really Hate My Job Al Bowlly / Himself
The Kingdom Gideon Young
30 Days of Night Marlow
2008 The Kreutzer Sonata Edgar
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Lawrence Maddox
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine William Stryker
Boogie Woogie Art Spindle
2010 Edge of Darkness Jack Bennett
Clash of the Titans Poseidon
The Warrior's Way The Colonel
Robin Hood Richard the Lionheart
The Conspirator Joseph Holt
2011 A Monster in Paris Préfet Maynott (voice) English dub
Playoff Max Stoller
2012 Two Jacks Jack
Wrath of the Titans Poseidon
Stolen Tim Harlend
Hitchcock Whitfield Cook
Boxing Day Basil
2013 The Congress Jeff
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Sam Lane (voice)
2014 Big Eyes Dick Nolan
Tigers Alex
The Liberator Martin Torkington
2015 Pressure Engel
Frankenstein Viktor Frankenstein
2016 All I See Is You Dr. Hughes
2017 The Last Photograph Tom Hammond Also director
Newness Larry Bejerano
Wonder Woman Gen. Erich Ludendorff
2018 Game Night Donald Anderton
The Professor Peter
Stan & Ollie Hal Roach
2019 Io Dr. Henry Walden
Angel Has Fallen Wade Jennings
Samurai Marathon Matthew C. Perry
2022 Across the River and into the Trees Capt. Wes O'Neill
Worlds Apart Paul Hasselberg
Marlowe Floyd Hanson
TBA The Crow Not yet released TBA Post-production[30]
Horizon Not yet released TBA Filming
The Dead Don't Hurt Not yet released TBA Post-production[31]
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Ice Princess Director only; television film
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Ty Caulfield Episode: "Suckers"
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Frank Klein Recurring role
2008 John Adams Samuel Adams Recurring role
2010 You Don't Know Jack Geoffrey Fieger Television film
2012–2013 Magic City Ben "The Butcher" Diamond Recurring role
2013–2014 American Horror Story: Coven The Axeman Recurring role
2014 Masters of Sex Dr. Douglas Greathouse Recurring role
2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Massimo Dolcefino Guest role
2016 Paranoid Nick Waingrow Recurring role
2018–2019 Yellowstone Dan Jenkins Main role (seasons 1–2)
2019 Succession Jamie Laird Recurring role
2019 Doc Martin Robert Brooke Episode: "Wild West Country"
2021 Calls Frank (voice) Episode: "The Universe Did It"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Institution Year Category Nominated work Result
Chlotrudis Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor The Proposition nom
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017 Best Film The Last Photograph nom
Golden Globe Awards 2013 Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Magic City Nominated[32]
Independent Spirit Awards 2003 Best Male Lead Ivans Xtc Nominated[33]
Monte-Carlo Television Festival 2008 Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries John Adams Nominated[34]
Montreal World Film Festival 2011 Best Actor Playoff Won[35]
Satellite Awards 2005 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture The Constant Gardener Won[36]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Aviator Nominated[37]
Saturn Awards 2014 Best Guest Starring Role on Television American Horror Story: Coven Nominated[38]
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2006 Best Supporting Actor The Proposition Nominated[39]


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