Howard Hawks

1896 - 1977

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Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896 – December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. Critic Leonard Maltin called him "the greatest American director who is not a household name." Roger Ebert called Hawks "one of the greatest American directors of pure movies, and a hero of auteur critics because he found his own laconic values in so many different kinds of genre material." He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Sergeant York (1941) and earned the Honorary Academy Award in 1974. A versatile film director, Hawks explored many genres such as comedies, dramas, gangster films, science fiction, film noir, war films, and westerns. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Howard Hawks has received more than 2,144,085 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Howard Hawks is the 121st most popular film director (down from 97th in 2019), the 825th most popular biography from United States (down from 650th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular American Film Director.

Howard Hawks is most famous for being a director of many classic films in Hollywood. He is known for directing "Scarface" (1932), "Bringing Up Baby" (1938), "His Girl Friday" (1940), "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Rio Bravo" (1959), and "Red River" (1948).

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Among film directors, Howard Hawks ranks 121 out of 2,041Before him are Jules Dassin, Peter Jackson, Jerzy Grotowski, David Lean, Sergei Bondarchuk, and John Woo. After him are Victor Fleming, Jiří Menzel, Wes Craven, Claude Lelouch, René Clément, and Michael Curtiz.

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Among people born in 1896, Howard Hawks ranks 33Before him are Carl Ferdinand Cori, Italo Balbo, Ernst Udet, Anna Anderson, Erich Koch, and Célestin Freinet. After him are John Dos Passos, A. J. Cronin, Helen of Greece and Denmark, Sandro Pertini, Anastasio Somoza García, and Lewis Strauss. Among people deceased in 1977, Howard Hawks ranks 24Before him are Ernst Bloch, Joan Crawford, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois, Clarice Lispector, Andreas Baader, and Archibald Hill. After him are Bing Crosby, Alexander Luria, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Edgar Adrian, Peter Finch, and Gudrun Ensslin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Howard Hawks ranks 825 out of 20,380Before him are Philip Glass (1937), Arthur Ashkin (1922), William Howard Stein (1911), Robert Downey Jr. (1965), Samuel Barber (1910), and Jonas Salk (1914). After him are Nikki Sixx (1958), Tim Robbins (1958), Dick Fosbury (1947), Mark Zuckerberg (1984), Michael Bloomberg (1942), and John Dos Passos (1896).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Howard Hawks ranks 32Before him are John Carpenter (1948), Robert Altman (1925), David Fincher (1962), John Huston (1906), Terrence Malick (1943), and Jules Dassin (1911). After him are Victor Fleming (1889), Wes Craven (1939), William Hanna (1910), George A. Romero (1940), D. W. Griffith (1875), and Michael Cimino (1939).