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Birth date: December 24, 1905, Humble, Texas, United States
Birth place: Humble
Death date: April 5, 1976, Humble, Texas, United States
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.92 m)
Profession:Entrepreneur, Engineer, Pilot, Investor, Film Producer, Film director, Philanthropist, Inventor
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Jean Peters (m. 1957–1971), Terry Moore (m. 1949–1976), Ella Rice (m. 1925–1929)

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Howard Robard Hughes Jr., simply known as Howard Hughes, was a famous American film producer and director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, engineer, as well as a pilot. In the 20th century, Howard Hughes was considered to be one of the richest people in the whole world. Hughes rose to prominence in 1920s, when he produced such films as “Scarface”, which later served as a basis for Brian De Palma’s movie of the same name, “The Outlaw” with Jane Russell, and a war film called “Hell’s Angels” starring Ben Lyon and James Hall, among many others.

Howard Hughes Net Worth $4 Billion

In addition to being a film producer, Howard Hughes also excelled as a skillful pilot, who set numerous air speed records, and contributed to manufacturing such racing aircraft as the “H-4 Hercules” and “Hughes H-1 Racer”, both of which were developed by “Hughes Aircraft Company”. Hughes established “Hughes Aircraft Company” in 1932, as an aerospace and defense contractor, known for producing various aircrafts, missiles and probes.

“Hughes Aircraft Company” was not Hughes’ only business venture. In 1948, Hughes took control of the “Radio-Keith-Orpheum Pictures” company, often shortened to “RKO”, which specialized in film production and distribution. Hughes’ management of the company brought it to a total standstill and even decline, and it was later purchased from him by the “General Tire and Rubber” company.

In 1953, Howard Hughes founded the “Howard Hughes Medical Institute”, a non-profit medical research organization, which focuses on the research of genetics, immunology and molecular biology.

A well-known entrepreneur and a film director, how rich is Howard Hughes? According to sources, Howard Hughes’ net worth is estimated to be $4 billion, undoubtedly most of which came from his business ventures.

Howard Hughes was born in 1905, in Humble, Texas. Ever since his childhood, Hughes had been interested in technology, which later in life inspired him to establish a medical research center and a company that manufactured aircraft. Initially, Hughes enrolled in Rice University, yet he dropped his studies and decided to pursue a career in filmmaking instead. Some of his first films, namely “Two Arabian Knights” and “Everybody’s Acting” proved to be commercially profitable and even brought him an Academy Award in the category of Best Director. The majority of Hughes’ movies, including “Hell’s Angels”, “The Front Page” and “The Racket” brought him various nominations and awards, and turned out to be financially successful.

When Hughes established himself as a skilled filmmaker, he decided to venture into business. Among his many companies was “The Howard Hughes Corporation”, a company which dealt with the development and management of real estate. Howard Hughes also took over the “Hughes Tool Company”, which was founded by his father Howard R. Hughes Sr. in 1908. In 1972, Hughes agreed to work with the CIA in a secret operation called “USNS Hughes Glomar Explorer”, the main aim of which was to retrieve a Soviet submarine K-129, which sunk in 1968. The secret operation was also known as “Project Azorian”.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jet Pilot 1957 producer - uncredited
The Conqueror 1956 producer - uncredited
Son of Sinbad 1955 executive producer
The French Line 1953 executive producer - uncredited
Second Chance 1953 producer - uncredited
Macao 1952 executive producer - uncredited
The Las Vegas Story 1952 producer - uncredited
Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 producer - uncredited
The Whip Hand 1951 executive producer - uncredited
His Kind of Woman 1951 executive producer - uncredited
Vendetta 1950 producer
The Tattooed Stranger 1950 executive producer - uncredited
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock 1947 producer - uncredited
Behind the Rising Sun 1943 producer - uncredited
The Outlaw 1943 producer
Scarface 1932 producer - uncredited
Sky Devils 1932 producer
Cock of the Air 1932 producer
The Age for Love 1931 producer - uncredited
The Front Page 1931 producer - uncredited
Hell's Angels 1930 producer - uncredited
The Mating Call 1928 producer - uncredited
The Racket 1928 producer - uncredited
Two Arabian Knights 1927 producer - uncredited
Swell Hogan 1926 producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jet Pilot 1957 presenter
The Conqueror 1956 presenter
Son of Sinbad 1955 presenter
Underwater! 1955 presenter
She Couldn't Say No 1954 presenter
The French Line 1953 presenter
Devil's Canyon 1953 presenter
Second Chance 1953 presenter
Affair with a Stranger 1953 presenter - uncredited
Angel Face 1952 presenter
One Minute to Zero 1952 presenter
The Las Vegas Story 1952 presenter
The Racket 1951 presenter
Two Tickets to Broadway 1951 presenter
His Kind of Woman 1951 presenter
Flying Leathernecks 1951 presenter
The Outlaw 1943 presenter
Scarface 1932 direction supervisor - uncredited / presenter
The Front Page 1931 presenter
Hell's Angels 1930 presenter
The Mating Call 1928 presenter
The Racket 1928 presenter - as Howard R. Hughes
Two Arabian Knights 1927 presenter

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Outlaw 1943
Hell's Angels 1930

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
His Kind of Woman 1951 uncredited

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vendetta 1950 director: 1949 added sequences and pickup shots - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
America's Book of Secrets 2013 TV Series Himself
The American Aviator: The Howard Hughes Story 2006 Himself
Paramount News Special: 1947, Year of Division 1947 Documentary short Himself - subject of Congressional investigation

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conspiracy 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Billionaire Businessman
Impossible Engineering 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Pilot, Spruce Goose
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom 2011 Documentary Himself
The Will 2011 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2003-2008 TV Series documentary Himself (segment "Howard Hughes") / Himself - Billionaire (segment "The Aviator and the President")
Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story 2008 Documentary Himself
Best Evidence 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Underworld Histories 2007 TV Series Himself
The Hoax 2006 Himself (uncredited)
American Experience 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
History vs. Hollywood 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Modern Marvels 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Hughes: His Life, Loves and Films 2004 Video documentary Himself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Himself
Cleavage 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond 2000 TV Short documentary Himself
Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs 2000 TV Movie documentary
Biography 1999-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Great Romances of the 20th Century: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton 1997 TV Short documentary Himself
Universe Beneath the Sea 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Real Las Vegas 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
American Justice 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Katharine Hepburn: All About Me 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America 1992 Himself
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
F for Fake 1973 Documentary Himself

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#Fact
1 For a period of time in the 1940s to late 1950s, the Hughes Tool Company ventured into the film and media industry where it then owned the RKO companies, including: RKO Pictures; RKO Studios; RKO Theatres, a chain of movie theatres; the RKO Radio Network, a network of radio stations. In 1948, multi-millionaire businessman, film producer, film director, and aviator, Howard Hughes gained control of RKO, a struggling major Hollywood studio, by acquiring 25 percent of the outstanding stock from Floyd Odlum's Atlas Corporation. Universal Studios acquired the American distribution rights in 1951 of the 1948 J. Arthur Rank-Archers feature film "The Red Shoes," originally released in a small London art house movie theater in September of 1948. Hughes, so impressed with Michael Powell's dance film starring the Sadler Well's Ballet principal dancers Moira Shearer, Léonide Massine and Robert Helpmann, that Hughes wanted his own ensemble corps de ballet company. So impressed with the English Michael Powell dance film -- "The Red Shoes" -- Hughes just decided to buy himself a ballet-dance company, in an effort to expand the creative base of his RKO film studio acquisition. Hughes had been impressed with the success of "Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit." An outstanding classical dancer as a youth, Roland Petit swiftly decided on a career as a rebel against the traditionalism of the Paris Opera Ballet, and before the age of 25 had created three of his most iconic ballets, "Le Jeune Homme et La Mort," world premiere on 6/26/46, Les Ballets des Champs-Elysee, Theatre des Champs-Elysee, Paris; the Jean Cocteau ballet "Les Demoiselles de La Nuit," world premiere Theatre Marigry, Paris 5/21/48, Les Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit, featuring Margot Fonteyn; and the ballet "Carmen," world premiere in London, Prince's Theatre, on 2/21/49, with the sultry young Jeanmaire as the lethal female destroying a hapless male. These ballets caused a sensation worldwide and Petit and Jeanmaire swiftly became the most exciting names in French dance, closely associating with Jean Cocteau, Edith Piaf, Yves Montand and the new intellectuals of Left Bank Paris. Hughes contracted Roland Petit, his Parisian based "Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit" for film assignments, including all personal appearances in North America. Roland Petit and his core dance company's flight from Paris to Los Angeles' airport was on Hughes' owned Trans-World-Airlines (TWA). Howard Hughes acquired control of TWA in 1939, and after World War II led the expansion of the airline to serve Europe, the Middle East and Asia, making TWA a second unofficial flag carrier of the United States after Pan Am. The dance troupe, housed in a Culver City hotel, were assigned a film stage for intense preparatory work-outs and dance rehearsals. After six months of isolation in Culver City, the dance troupe's enthusiasm for their new North American venture had dwindled, with their intense serious practicing, rehearsing, exercising and with no stage nor film scheduled assignments, the core of dancers became extremely mutinous. In mass, the Parisian rebels packed their luggage arriving at the TWA Los Angeles air terminal, with their round trip tickets in hand, checking-in for their return flight to Paris. The troupe of Francophiles did not know that their boss Howard Hughes owned TWA. The TWA passenger agents alerted Hughes that a horde of 'French speaking gypsies' were at the TWA air terminal, demanding a return flight to Paris with their original TWA round trip flight tickets in hand. RKO's studio security division immediately descended upon the air terminal with a fleet of bus' to round up Hughes' herd of cattle, "the RKO - Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit" dance company, confiscating all of the ticket bills the TWA ticketing agents had collected. Returning to their hotel, the dance troupe were assured that they would be put to work on a Hollywood musical film. Samuel Goldwyn, his production company located at RKO's "The Lot," 1041 North Formosa Avenue, in Hollywood, was in pre-production to star Danny Kaye in an original musical film based on Hans Christian Anderson, with a story by Myles Connolly, a screenplay by Moss Hart and Ben Hecht, with words and original music composed by Frank Loesser. Samuel Goldwyn had initially offered the film's ballerina role to Moira Shearer. Since producer Samuel Goldwyn was under an RKO contract, Hughes ordered Goldwyn to use Roland Petit, Zizi Jeanmaire and Petit's Ballet de Paris dance troupe. Roland Petit insisted on his French stage production scenic and costume designer Antoni Clavé be flown to Hollywood as his film design collaborator. RKO costume designer Mary Wills joined the art department; Barbara "Madam" Karinska was brought from New York City to supervise and construct all of the film's ballet and principle's costumes. Art director Richard Day, another RKO film designer, collaborated with Antoni Clavé on all of the feature film's stage and ba
2 Hughes was an avid golfer and wanted to play on the golf tour, but gave it up because Bobby Jones told him that he couldn't win.
3 When he took over R.K.O., he canceled their most expensive project - a film version of "The Robe." The producer, Frank Ross, was finally able to get the film made at 20th Century Fox. It was the first film released in CinemaScope and became one of the biggest hits of the 1950s.
4 "Howard Hughes: The Hidden Years," James Phelan's account of the elusive billionaire's final years was written in co-operation with Hughes' waiter and barber, men who had intimate knowledge of the idiosyncratic Hughes' bizarre final days. The book was published in 1976, shortly after the tycoon's death.
5 In 2004, Guido Deiro claimed he flew Hughes to the Cottontail Ranch brothel, 150 miles north of Las Vegas, on 29 December 1967, then took a nap while Hughes enjoyed himself. After Deiro awoke, he said the madame told him that Hughes had left; Melvin E. Dummar would claim weeks after Hughes died that he found a man who claimed to be Hughes 7 miles south of the Ranch on 29 December 1967. Upon his return to Las Vegas, Deiro claimed a subordinate of Hughes executive Frank Gay ordered him to surrender his flight log to erase all evidence of the trip. Bolstered by Deiro's story and a book about Hughes and Dummar by Gary Magnesen, Dummar sued Gay and Hughes's cousin William Lummis - declared Hughes's primary beneficiary after the Clark County (Nevada) District Court ruled Hughes had died intestate - alleging fraud and conspiracy to conceal evidence proving the so-called "Mormon Will" - which granted Dummar a 1/16th share of Hughes's $2 billion estate - was genuine. On 9 January 2007, the United States District Court for the District of Utah dismissed the suit.
6 Restauranteur Dave Chasen reported that Hughes ate the same dinner all the time: a triple glass of tomato juice, a salad, a thin butterfly steak, and coffee. Chasen also observed that like most Hollywood gourmets, he was on the phone constantly.
7 Was Stan Lee's inspiration for Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man. Like Hughes, Stark inherited a business from his father. As a tribute to Hughes, Tony Stark's father was named Howard Stark.
8 He was a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and an active anti-communist.
9 The hangar that used to house his famous airplane, the "Spruce Goose," has been used in subsequent years as a filming studio.
10 Played by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator (2004), Victor Holchak in Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell (1978), Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), Jason Robards in Melvin and Howard (1980), Terry O'Quinn in The Rocketeer (1991), Dean Stockwell in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988), David Neff in Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004), and Milton Buras in The Hoax (2006). Robards and DiCaprio were nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal.
11 On July 7, 1946, actress Rosemary DeCamp and her husband were in their house in Beverly Hills, California, when an aircraft piloted by Hughes crashed into the roof of the house next door, and its wing was torn off and sliced through the roof of her house, landing in the bedroom, where she and her husband were. The plane, an experimental model Hughes had developed called the XF-11, had experienced propeller reversal on the right engine after taking off from the airport at nearby Culver City. It finally came to rest after crashing through the wall of the house of another of DeCamp's neighbors and exploding. Hughes was rescued from the cockpit by Marine Sergeant, William Lloyd Durkin. Hughes was severely injured with a broken leg, multiple cracked ribs on his left side, a dislodged heart, a fractured skull, burns and abrasions over 65% of his body. He was given a 50-50 chance to survive. He paid for the damage to the houses in the neighborhood out of his own pocket and Hughes awarded Durkin a weekly paycheck until the day he died.
12 Became obsessed with Communism during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era. His film The Whip Hand (1951) was originally about a group of Nazi scientists who smuggled the body of Adolf Hitler into the U.S. and worked to revive Hitler in order to try to take over the world again. After it was finished Hughes had it reshot, at great expense, to change the villains into Nazi scientists who are now working for the Communists and have taken over a small American town in order to test germ warfare experiments on its citizens before they unleash the deadly viruses in the U.S.
13 Had a strong aversion to black people. For many years, he had a private screening room at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood where he would watch movies by himself at night. In 1958, he found out that the cast of Porgy and Bess (1959), an all-black musical being made on the lot, was using the screening room each afternoon to watch the footage that had been shot the previous day. Horrified that blacks used the same room he did, and that some may even have sat in the same seat he did, he shut down the screening room, left the Goldwyn lot and, for the remainder of his life, never returned to it. Hughes was also known as a rabid anti-Semite but specific examples of him acting on his feelings are scarce; like many extremely conservative anti-Communists of the post-WWII era, Hughes believed that many Jews were either Communists or sympathetic to Communism.
14 Houston, Texas, has two major commercial airports: William P. Hobby Airport, and Houston Intercontinental Airport. For a brief period, Hobby Airport was renamed Howard Hughes airport. Houstonians objected to it being named after a living person, so this change was short lived, and the name eventually reverted back to being Hobby Airport. In 1997, Intercontinental Airport was renamed Bush Intercontinental, after the still-living President George Bush, whose son was Governor of Texas at the time.
15 The Aviator (2004), the movie based on his life, was released on the day after what would have been his 99th birthday.
16 His reported appearance when he was found dead was extremely bizarre. He was covered in uncut, matted hair, had extremely long toenails, and the once strapping, 6' 4" man weighed an incredibly low 90 pounds.
17 When he produced films, he became obsessed with busty actresses and famously invented a prototype of the push-up bra to make Jane Russell as busty as possible in The Outlaw (1943). Most of the movies he produced are typlified by beautiful, half-naked women and nonsensical action sequences.
18 It has variously been hypothesized that his crazed behavior in his later, reclusive years was caused by brain damage resulting from a series of accidents, OCD, bipolar disorder, or even paranoid-schizophrenia.
19 He became obsessed with the "Communist threat" in the early 1950s, having written a series of paranoid articles on the subject that he sent out to newspapers from seclusion.
20 In the 1950s, Robert Mitchum was selected by Hughes to appear in a series of films he was producing. Hughes considered Mitchum a "friend," but (as a paranoid recluse) hardly met the actor. Mitchum was half-way put-off and half-way amused by this "crazy, old man" and clearly saw that he was a surrogate for Hughes as the strapping actor "romanced" young starlets on screen.
21 Romantically linked with Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Ginger Rogers, and Ava Gardner, and Faith Domergue. He went out of his way to "discover" attractive young starlets. He continued this until he stopped producing films in the late 1950s.
22 Humble, Texas, where he was born, is pronounced "UM-bull." The 'h' is silent.
23 Authorized to be awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, 7 August 1939 (53 Stat. 1525). Award was "... in recognition of the achievements of Howard Hughes in advancing the science of aviation and thus bringing great credit to his country throughout the world[.]"
24 After Hughes died, Terry Moore claimed they had secretly married on a yacht in international waters in 1949 and never divorced; these "marriages" were ruses Hughes was known to employ in order to take advantage of young women. Despite the fact that Moore married two other men after she "married" Hughes, his estate settled with her for an undisclosed amount in 1984.
25 In public he would often speak with his hand covering his mouth, for fear of being lip-read.
26 Attended the prestigious Rice University in the 1920s, before dropping out and moving to Hollywood.
27 In his later years, he insisted that his personal assistants be Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). Reportedly, this was because Hughes did not want any of his personal assistants drunk on the job, and Mormons are forbidden to drink alcohol.
28 He once had an air purifier installed into a car with sealed windows. The purifier cost more than the car, and took up most of the trunk.
29 Was a major stock holder in an airline that later became TWA.
30 His father was the inventor of the "Hughes Rock Eater," a self-sharpening drill bit used for drilling oil wells that is still in use today. Hughes inherited several million dollars but earned the vast majority of his wealth from his own business ventures. Hughes Aircraft and Hughes Helicopters alone were worth $5.5 billion when they were finally sold in the early 1980s.
31 While he was staying in Las Vegas' Desert Inn Hotel-Casino resort, he bought the establishment in order to avoid being evicted.
32 He bought Las Vegas television station KLAS (Channel 8), so that he could watch movies into the night. If he fell asleep during a film, he would call up the station and order that the scene he missed be replayed.
33 The Las Vegas casinos he once owned were Castaways, Desert Inn, Frontier, Landmark, Sands and Silver Slipper. All have since been demolished.
34 Nephew of actor/screenwriter Rupert Hughes.
35 Before his death, he lived as a recluse, and Albert R. Broccoli (the producer of the James Bond franchise) used his reclusiveness from the public as a model for the character Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Hughes was a fan of the James Bond films, and he kept a 16mm print of the film as a part of his private collection. Broccoli also gave him 16mm print films of all the earlier Bond-films.
36 Ice Station Zebra (1968) is reported to have been his favorite movie. (The 2005 DVD release was packaged with a trailer for The Aviator (2004) (see below).

#Quote
1 We don't have a monopoly. Anyone who wants to dig a well without a Hughes bit can always use a pick and shovel.
2 My father told me, never have partners.
3 I'm not a paranoid deranged millionaire. Goddamit, I'm a billionaire.
4 Every man has his price, or a guy like me couldn't exist.


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