Howard Hawks was born May 30th 1996 in Goshen Indiana. Howard debuted as director in 1926 after having worked as plane pilot and as car-racing driver. Being his own producer he had success in all types of genre but mainly with comedies and westerns. His most important films were Scarface 1932, To Have and Have Not, 1944 and Big Sleep, The 1946.
Howard moved to California during the earliest days of Hollywood. After studying mechanical engineering at Cornell and serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he went to work at Famous Players-Laskey and started his own independent productions. In 1924 Howard was head of the Story Department at Paramount and directing silent films for Fox. But he really began to make his mark with the advent of sound; his first talking pictures included the aviator adventure The Dawn Patrol
Howard 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.
In the 1960s his age began to slow him down and John’s career slowed down, and so did the pace of his films.
He received his first Oscar in 1974, an honorary award from the Academy before his death in Palm Springs, CA, in 1977.
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