Jack Huston

Jack Huston

Jack Huston at the 2015 Comic-Con International
Born Jack Alexander Huston
(1982-12-07) 7 December 1982
Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Shannan Click (2011–present)
Children 2
Parent(s) Walter Antony "Tony" Huston
Lady Margot Lavinia Cholmondeley
Relatives John Huston (grandfather)
Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley (grandfather)
Walter Huston (great-grandfather)
George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley (great-grandfather)
Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (great-grandmother)
Anjelica Huston (aunt)
Allegra Huston (aunt)
Danny Huston (uncle)
David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley (uncle)

Jack Alexander Huston[2] (born 7 December 1982) is an English 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, and played the title role in the 2016 historical drama Ben-Hur.

Early life and ancestry

Huston was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of Lady Margot Lavinia (née Cholmondeley) and actor, writer, and assistant director Walter Anthony Huston, known as Tony Huston.[2] Huston decided to become an actor at the age of six, after playing the title role in a school production of Peter Pan.[3] He later attended Hurtwood House, a drama institute.[4]

His mother is English and his father is American. His paternal aunt is actress Anjelica Huston, and his paternal uncle is actor Danny Huston.[5] His paternal grandparents were American director John Huston (who became an Irish citizen) and model/dancer Enrica Soma, and his maternal grandparents were Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley and Lavinia Margaret (née Leslie).[2] Huston is the nephew of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. On his father's side, he has Italian, Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry, and is a great-grandson of Canadian actor Walter Huston.[6][7]

Through his maternal grandfather's father, George Cholmondeley, the 5th Marquess, Huston is descended from Robert Walpole, the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. Jack's maternal grandfather's mother, Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, was from a Jewish family (from Iraq, India, and Germany);[8][9] 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.[10]


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.

In 2010, he had a small role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as Royce King. He appeared in HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Richard Harrow, a severely disfigured World War I marksman turned gangster.[11] On 16 December 2010, it was announced Huston would be made a series regular after appearing in five episodes of the first season.[12]

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.

In 2013, he appeared in David O. Russell's comedy-drama American Hustle, as Pete Musane.[13] Later that year, Huston played Charles Bruno[14] in Strangers on a Train at London's Gielgud Theatre.[15]

Personal life

Jack Huston at the Berlin International Film Festival, 2013

Huston began dating American model Shannan Click in 2011.[16] Huston and Click have one daughter, Sage Lavinia Huston, born on 6 April 2013 in New York City,[17] and one son, Cypress Night Huston, born in January 2016.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Spartacus Flavius Television film
2005 Neighborhood Watch Bob
2006 Factory Girl Gerard Malanga
2007 Shrooms Jake
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Dr. Charles Haden Television film
2008 The Garden of Eden David Bourne
2008 Outlander Wulfric
2009 Boogie Woogie Joe
2009 Shrink Shamus
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Royce King II
2010 Mr. Nice Graham Plinson
2011 The Hot Potato Danny
2011 Wilde Salome Lord Alfred
2012 Two Jacks Jack Hussar Junior
2012 Not Fade Away Eugene
2013 Kill Your Darlings Jack Kerouac
2013 Night Train to Lisbon Amadeu
2013 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
2014Posthumous Liam Price
2015 The Longest Ride Young Ira Levinson
2016Hail, Caesar!Cad in Cab
2016 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Mr. Wickham
2016 Ben-Hur Judah Ben-Hur
2016 Past Forward Man #2 Short film
2016 Their Finest Completed
2017 The Yellow Birds Sergeant Sterling Post-Production
2017 Above Suspicion Mark Putnam Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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
2012 Tron: Uprising Rasket (voice) Episode: "Tagged"
2014 The Great Fire King Charles II of England 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Strangers on a Train Charles Bruno Gielgud Theatre

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Squadron 42 Cal Mason Voice / Motion Capture



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  2. 1 2 3 Lundy, Darryl. "p. 22396 § 223956". The Peerage.
  3. Jack Huston at Zimbio
  4. "Welcome – Hurtwood House Performing Arts". hurtwoodhouseperformingarts.co.uk.
  5. Geoff Berkshire. "'2 Jacks' Review: Bernard Rose's Fourth Tolstoy Adaptation – Variety". Variety.
  6. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1658935/bio
  7. Huston, John (1994). An Open Book. Da Capo Press. p. 9. ISBN 0-306-80573-1.
  8. John Richardson. "Houghton Revisited". Vanity Fair.
  9. "Heavy Lies the Coronet on a Lord of Cinema". The New York Times. 14 December 1997.
  10. Stanley Jackson (1968). The Sassoons. Heinemann.
  11. "The Crow – Will Jack Huston Fly?". Dread Central.
  12. Nellie Andreeva (December 2010). "Jack Huston Upped To Regular on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'". Deadline.
  13. Zach Dionne. "David O. Russell's New Film Adds Jack Huston". Vulture.
  14. "Acting dynasties collide in revival of thriller Strangers on a Train". London Evening Standard. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  15. "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.
  16. Baby on the Way for Jack Huston and Shannan Click, People, 9 October 2012
  17. Jack Huston and Shannan Click Welcome Daughter Sage Lavinia, People, 8 April 2013
  18. Jack Huston and Shannan Click Welcome Son Cypress Night, People, 19 January 2016
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