Jack Huston

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Jack Huston
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Huston at the 2015 Comic-Con International
Jack Alexander Huston

(1982-12-07) 7 December 1982 (age 40)
Years active2004–present
PartnerShannan Click (2011–present)
ParentTony Huston (father)
RelativesWalter Huston (great-grandfather)
John Huston (grandfather)
Hugh Cholmondeley (grandfather)
Anjelica Huston (aunt)
Allegra Huston (aunt)
Danny Huston (uncle)
David Cholmondeley (uncle)

Jack Alexander Huston (born 7 December 1982) is a British actor. He appeared as Richard Harrow in the HBO television drama series Boardwalk Empire. He also had a supporting role in the 2013 film American Hustle, portrayed the eponymous Ben-Hur in the 2016 historical drama, and appeared as one of the main characters in the fourth season of the FX anthology series Fargo (2020). In 2023, he starred in the supernatural television series Mayfair Witches.

Early life and ancestry[edit]

Huston was born on 7 December 1982 in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of Lady Margot Lavinia (née Cholmondeley) and actor, assistant director and writer Tony Huston.[1] Huston decided to become an actor at the age of 6, after playing the title role in a school production of Peter Pan.[2] He later attended Hurtwood House, a drama institute.[3]

His mother is English and his father is American. His paternal aunt is actress Anjelica Huston, and his paternal half-uncle is actor Danny Huston.[4] His paternal grandparents were American director John Huston (who became an Irish citizen) and model/dancer Enrica Soma, and his maternal grandparents were The 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Lavinia Margaret (née Leslie).[citation needed] Huston is the nephew of The 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. On his father's side, he has Italian, Irish, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, Welsh, and English ancestry, and is a great-grandson of Canadian actor Walter Huston.[5]

Through his maternal grandfather's father, The 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Huston is descended from Sir Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Jack's maternal grandfather's mother, Sybil, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, was from a Jewish family (from Iraq, India, and Germany);[6][7] through Sybil, Jack is descended from both David Sassoon, the Treasurer of Baghdad, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who founded the Rothschild family international banking dynasty.[8]


Huston started his film career with a small screen adaptation of Spartacus, where he played Flavius. He then went on to having more prominent roles in such films as Factory Girl, playing the American poet Gerard Malanga, the horror film Shrooms, Outlander and Shrink.

Jack Huston at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013

In 2010, he played the minor role of Royce King in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. He appeared in HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Richard Harrow, a severely disfigured World War I marksman turned gangster.[9] On 16 December 2010, it was announced Huston would be made a series regular after appearing in five episodes of the first season.[10]

After this he went on to be directed by Al Pacino in the 2011 film Wilde Salome and to having starring roles in Not Fade Away, Two Jacks and Night Train to Lisbon. In 2012, he played the part of narrator on avant-garde musician John Zorn's album A Vision in Blakelight, an homage to William Blake.[citation needed]

In 2013, he appeared in David O. Russell's comedy-drama American Hustle, as Pete Musane.[11] Later that year, Huston played Charles Bruno[12] in Strangers on a Train at London's Gielgud Theatre.[13]In 2015 he appeared as Ira Levinson, in Nicholas Sparks' The Longest Ride. In 2019 Huston played Bobby Kennedy in the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman.[14]

In 2020, he had a supporting role in the fourth season of the FX black comedy crime drama Fargo as Odis Weff, a corrupt Kansas City police detective with severe OCD.

Personal life[edit]

Huston began dating American model Shannan Click in 2011.[15] They have two children: a daughter (born 2013)[16] and a son (born 2016).[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Neighborhood Watch Bob
2006 Factory Girl Gerard Malanga
2007 Shrooms Jake
2008 Outlander Wulfric
The Garden of Eden David Bourne
2009 Shrink Shamus
Boogie Woogie Joe
2010 Mr. Nice Graham Plinson
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Royce King II
2011 Wilde Salome Lord Alfred
2012 The Hot Potato Danny
Two Jacks Jack Hussar Junior
Not Fade Away Eugene Gaunt
2013 Kill Your Darlings Jack Kerouac
Night Train to Lisbon Amadeu
American Hustle Pete Musane Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2014 Posthumous Liam Price
2015 The Longest Ride Young Ira Levinson
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies George Wickham
Hail, Caesar! Cad in Cab
Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur
Past Forward Man #2 Short film
Their Finest Ellis Cole
2017 The Yellow Birds Sergeant Sterling
2018 An Actor Prepares Adam
2019 Above Suspicion Mark Putnam
The Irishman Robert F. Kennedy
Earthquake Bird Bob
2020 Antebellum Captain Jasper
2021 House of Gucci Domenico De Sole Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2022 Savage Salvation Shelby John
TBA Unit 234 TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Spartacus Flavius Television film
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Dr. Charles Haden Television film
2009–2010 Eastwick Jamie 8 episodes
2010–2013 Boardwalk Empire Richard Harrow 33 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013–2014)
2012 Parade's End Gerald 3 episodes
Tron: Uprising Rasket (voice) Episode: "Tagged"
2014 The Great Fire King Charles II of England 4 episodes
2018 Mr. Mercedes Felix Babineau 9 episodes
The Romanoffs Samuel Ryan Episode: "House of Special Purpose"
2020 Manhunt: Deadly Games Eric Rudolph 7 episodes
Fargo[18] Odis Weff 8 episodes, season 4
2022 Mayfair Witches Lasher 8 episodes
TBA Expats David Starr 6 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Person Details for Jack Alexander Huston, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008" – FamilySearch.org". FamilySearch.
  2. ^ Jack Huston at Zimbio
  3. ^ "Welcome – Hurtwood House Performing Arts". hurtwoodhouseperformingarts.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ Geoff Berkshire (18 October 2013). "'2 Jacks' Review: Bernard Rose's Fourth Tolstoy Adaptation – Variety". Variety.
  5. ^ Huston, John (1994). An Open Book. Da Capo Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-306-80573-8.
  6. ^ John Richardson (November 1999). "Houghton Revisited". Vanity Fair.
  7. ^ "Heavy Lies the Coronet on a Lord of Cinema". The New York Times. 14 December 1997.
  8. ^ Stanley Jackson (1968). The Sassoons. Heinemann. ISBN 9780434370528. Lord John Cholmondeley.
  9. ^ "The Crow – Will Jack Huston Fly?". Dread Central. 27 February 2015.
  10. ^ Nellie Andreeva (December 2010). "Jack Huston Upped To Regular on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'". Deadline.
  11. ^ Zach Dionne. "David O. Russell's New Film Adds Jack Huston". Vulture.
  12. ^ "Acting dynasties collide in revival of thriller Strangers on a Train". London Evening Standard. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Fatal Attraction and Strangers on a Train head to West End stage". bbc.co.uk/news. BBC News. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  14. ^ "The Irishman cast: Who's who in Martin Scorsese's star-studded Netflix film". mirror.co.uk. Mirror. 27 November 2019.
  15. ^ Baby on the Way for Jack Huston and Shannan Click, People, 9 October 2012
  16. ^ Jack Huston and Shannan Click Welcome Daughter Sage Lavinia Archived 30 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine, People, 8 April 2013
  17. ^ Jack Huston and Shannan Click Welcome Son Cypress Night Archived 3 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine, People, 19 January 2016
  18. ^ Thorne, Will (18 July 2019). "Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw Among 12 Joining 'Fargo' Season 4 Cast". Variety. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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