Dropped out of high school at 15 and became a champion amateur lightweight boxer in California.
Served a short stint as a lieutenant in the Mexican army.
Made his big-screen directing debut in 1941 with the noir classic The Maltese Falcon.
Let There Be Light, a documentary about soldiers with post-traumatic stress that Huston filmed while serving in World War II, was confiscated by the U.S. Army in 1946; it was not screened publicly until 1981.
Directed both his father, Walter, and daughter, Anjelica, to supporting actor Oscars for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), respectively.