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Howard Hawks

119 years old
Goshen, Indiana
United States
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May 30, 1896

December 26, 1977

Howard Winchester Hawks

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Hatari! (1962) (producer)

Rio Bravo (1959) (producer)

Land of the Pharaohs (1955) (producer)

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Monkey Business (1952) (writer, actor)

O. Henry's Full House (1952) (segment "Ransom of Red Chief, The")

The Big Sky (1952) (producer)

The Thing from Another World (1951) (uncredited) (writer, producer)

I Was a Male War Bride (1949)

A Song Is Born (1948)

Red River (1948) (producer)

The Big Sleep (1946) (producer)

To Have and Have Not (1944) (producer)

Corvette K-225 (1943) (uncredited) (producer)

The Outlaw (1943) (uncredited) (writer)

Air Force (1943)

Ball of Fire (1941)

Sergeant York (1941) (producer)

His Girl Friday (1940) (producer)

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) (writer, producer)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)(producer)

Come and Get It (1936)

The Road to Glory (1936)

Ceiling Zero (1936)

Barbary Coast (1935)

Twentieth Century (1934) (producer)

Viva Villa! (1934) (uncredited) (writer)

The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) (uncredited)

Today We Live (1933) (producer)

La foule hurle (1932) (writer)

Tiger Shark (1932) (writer)

The Crowd Roars (1932) (writer)

Scarface (1932) (writer, producer, actor)

The Criminal Code (1931) (uncredited) (producer)

The Dawn Patrol (1930) (writer)

Trent's Last Case (1929)

The Air Circus (1928)

Fazil (1928)

A Girl in Every Port (1928) (writer)

Paid to Love (1927)

The Cradle Snatchers (1927)

Fig Leaves (1926) (writer)

The Road to Glory (1926) (writer)


Scarface (1983) (1932 screenplay) (uncredited)

The French Connection (1971) (uncredited)

Indianapolis Speedway (1939) (story idea)

The Dawn Patrol (1938) (story) (uncredited)

Test Pilot (1938) (writer) (uncredited)

Underworld (1927) (scenario) (uncredited)

Honesty - The Best Policy (1926) (story)

The Road to Glory (1926) (story "The Chariot of the Gods")

The Road to Yesterday (1925) (titles)

The Dressmaker from Paris (1925) (story)

Tiger Love (1924) (writer)

Quicksands (1923) (story)


Quicksands (1923) (producer)

As Himself

"Hollywood" (1980) TV mini-series

Ein verdammt gutes Leben - Howard Hawks (1978) (TV)

"The Hollywood Greats" (3 episodes, 1977)

The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973) (TV)

Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo (1970) (TV)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 3 (1942) (uncredited)

1925 Studio Tour (1925)

Director Howard Hawks Howard Hawks Directing El Dorado Howard Hawks And Angie Dickinson

I never made a message picture, and I hope I never do.

There's action only if there's danger.

Cary Grant was so far the best that there isn't anybody to be compared to him.

John Wayne represents more force, more power, than anybody else on the screen.

I don't think plot as a plot means much today. I'd say that everybody has seen every plot twenty times. What they haven't seen is characters and their relation to one another. I don't worry much about plot anymore.

If I want to have fun at a party I'll tell The Duke [John Wayne], "See that guy over there? He's a Red!"

A good movie is three good scenes and no bad ones.

I am not very fond of using established actresses. They like just the left side of their face photographed and that's too much trouble, so I always put new actresses. If I can, I find a new actress and put them in a picture to work with the men who are so good, and they help her and in that way I have found quite a number of stars.

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Howard Hawks parents were Frank Winchester Hawks (1865–1950), a wealthy paper manufacturer, and Helen Howard (1872–1952), the daughter of a wealthy industrialist.

Hawks studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University before serving in the US Air Corps during the First World War. Throughout these years Hawks was a risk-taker, flying planes and racing cars professionally and designing a car that went on to win the Indianapolis 500.

He entered the movie industry in 1918, working as a prop master at the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company studios (soon to become Paramount) in Hollywood. Hawks subsequently worked as a cutter, assistant director, story editor and casting director, serving an apprenticeship that would inform his later command of the medium.

In 1922 he wrote and directed two self-financed shorts while writing screenplays and stories for Paramount.

Hawks liked to lace his stories with recurring character types and motifs. He would always introduced a spirited, independent woman into the hothouse macho environment of his action adventure movies and she would have to undergo elaborate courtship rituals in order to prove herself as tough as the men.

Hawks' wife saw Lauren Bacall on the cover of a magazine and persuaded him to put her in the movies.

Hawks' friend John Ford called him "The Grey Fox" of Hollywood for his womanizing ways (regardless of whether he was married or not at the time).

He was an infamous teller of tall tales, usually ones where he exaggerated his already considerable involvement in the making of his films and ones where he sounded like a tough guy.

Of all the famous actresses he directed, he considered Frances Farmer the best he ever worked with.

Hawks died on December 26, 1977, aged 81 from complications of a fall several weeks earlier at his home in Palm Springs, California.

John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral.

His ashes are scattered in the desert near Calimesa, California.


I Was a Male War Bride (1949) $10,000/week


Scarface (1932)

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Only Angels Have Wings

His Girl Friday (1940

The Big Sleep (1946)

Rio Bravo (1959)

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