Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer, film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle—oddities that were caused in part by his worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash, and increasing deafness.As a film tycoon, Hughes gained fame in Hollywood beginning in the late 1920s, when he produced big-budget and often controversial films such as The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), and Scarface (1932). Later he controlled the RKO film studio.Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers and designers. He spent the rest of the 1930s and much of the 1940s setting multiple world air speed records and building the Hughes H-1 Racer (1935) and H-4 Hercules (the Spruce Goose, 1947), the latter being the largest flying boat in history and having the longest wingspan of any aircraft from the time it was built until 2019. He acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines and later acquired Air West, renaming it Hughes Airwest. Hughes won both the Collier and Harmon trophies for his achievements in aviation throughout the 1930s, and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1973. He was included in Flying magazine's 2013 list of the 51 Heroes of Aviation, ranked at No. 25. Today, his legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Howard Hughes Corporation.
Movies & TV shows
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell
The life and career of sex symbol Jean Harlow is the subject of a documentary hosted by Sharon Stone. There are clips from many of her films, photos and stories about her life before she became a movi...
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America
Baldwin’s “pseudo-pseudo-documentary” presents a factual chronicle of US intervention in Latin America in the form of the ultimate far-right conspiracy theory, combining covert action, environmental c...
Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams
This extraordinary video features in-concert performances from 1983, conceptual video clips and animation woven together in a fabulous "album" highlighting Eurythmics international smash hit "Sweet Dr...
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His Kind of Woman
In a desperate attempt to get out of debt, career gambler Dan Milner agrees to rendezvous with a mysterious contact at a distant Mexican resort in exchange for $50,000. Upon arriving, Milner meets his...
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Twenty-three years after scoring the winning touchdown for his college football team, mild-mannered Harold Diddlebock, who has been stuck in a dull, dead-end book-keeping job for years, is let go by h...
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Behind the Rising Sun
A Japanese publisher wants his son to follow in his footsteps.
Cock of the Air
An opera diva sets her sights on a womanizing army officer.
A thug shoots his way to the top of the mob while trying to protect his sister.
Wilkie and Mitchell stowed away on a ship in order to escape their draft into the army. The rivals for Mary's affections accidentally destroy a dump while she was AWOL.