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Also Known As: Died: April 9, 2011
Born: June 25, 1924 Cause of Death: Lymphoma
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Director ...
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1926:
Moved to New York with family
1931:
Performed in Yiddish radio serial, "The Rabbi from Brownsville," with members of his family; Baruch Lumet wrote, directed and acted the leading man and grandfather roles, while Eugenia played the leading lady
1935:
Broadway acting debut, Sidney Kingsley's "Dead End"
1938:
Acted on Broadway in "Sunup to Sundown," directed by Joseph Losey
1939:
Only screen credit as an actor, "One Third of a Nation"; had played in Broadway version earlier in the year
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Served in Far East as radar repairman for U.S. Army Signal Corps
1947:
Founded own experimental acting group in Greenwich Village; began to direct Off-Broadway
1948:
Final Broadway acting performance in "Seeds in the Wind"
1948:
Taught acting at High School for the Performing Arts in New York City
1950:
Joined CBS-TV as assistant director
1951:
Graduated to director as replacement for Yul Brynner
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Directed such Broadway productions as "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1955), "Caligula" (1960) and "Nowhere to Go but Up" (1962)
1957:
Feature film directing debut, "12 Angry Men"; earned Academy Award nomination as Best Director
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Formed first production company, Sidney Lumet Productions
1964:
First film directed for production company "Fail Safe"
1965:
Enjoyed commercial success with "The Pawnbroker"
1965:
British directing debut, "The Hill"
1966:
First feature as producer (also director), "The Deadly Affair"
1973:
Resurrected career with the huge hit "Serpico," starring Al Pacino
1974:
Helmed the star-studded blockbuster "Murder on the Orient Express"
1975:
Earned second Oscar nomination for Best Director for "Dog Day Afternoon," starring Pacino
1976:
Received third Best Director Oscar nomination, directing the brilliant satire on TV "Network"
1978:
Directed the box-office bomb, "The Wiz"; cast then-mother-in-law Lena Horne as Glinda, the good Witch
1980:
Formed LAH Film Group, with screenwriter Jay Presson Allen and producer Burtt Harris
1981:
Helmed the "Prince of the City"; first screenwriting credit; earned Academy Award nomination
1982:
Received fourth Best Director Oscar nomination for the David Mamet-scripted "The Verdict," starring Paul Newman
1988:
Scored modest success with superb, small-scale "Running on Empty"
1990:
First film as solo writer (also director), "Q & A"
1995:
Wrote primer on filmmaking "Making Movies"
1995:
Directed premiere of Cynthia Ozick's play "Blue Light" at Bay Street Theater in New York
1996:
Wrote and directed "Night Falls on Manhattan"
1997:
Released "Critical Care" with a cast that included James Spader, Albert Brooks, Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft
1999:
Helmed unsuccessful remake of John Cassavetes' "Gloria" starring Sharon Stone in role originated by Gena Rowlands
2001:
Returned to TV directing for first time in over 40 years at helm of pilot for A&E series "100 Centre Street"; also penned script for first of 13 episodes and served as executive producer of series which ran for two seasons
2006:
Directed Vin Diesel in "Find Me Guilty," as a mobster who successfully defends himself in a two-year trial
2007:
Helmed "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke

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