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Also Known As: Died: November 11, 2007
Born: January 30, 1920 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Lawrence, Kansas, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Nashville, Tennessee
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Became involved with the Nashville Community Players; became friends with Fred Coe
1941:
Worked for General Shoe Corporation
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Served as B-24 bomber pilot with Eighth Air Corps; then as Squadron Intelligence Officer
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After graduating Yale with an MFA, worked as a director at the Town Theatre of Columbia in South Carolina
1949:
Invited by Coe to NYC to direct TV dramas
1949:
Helmed live programs for "Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse"
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During the 'Golden Age of Television', directed numerous productions for such esteemed series as "Playhouse 90", "Producers Showcase" and "DuPont Show of the Month"
1953:
Helmed the well-received TV drama "Marty", starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand
1954:
Made feature film debut as director with "Marty", starring Ernest Borgnine; won Best Director Academy Award
1956:
Earned Emmy nomination for directing "Our Town" (NBC)
1958:
Guided David Niven and Wendy Hiller to Oscars in "Separate Tables"
1960:
Helmed "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
1961:
First teaming with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, "Lover Come Back"
1962:
Reunited with Day and Hudson for the comedy "That Touch of Mink"
1964:
Helmed the effective romance "Dear Heart", pairing Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page
1968:
Was director of the notorious TV production of "Heidi" (NBC), which caused controversy when the network cut away from a football game in progress to air the movie
1970:
Helmed a well-received TV adaptation of "David Copperfield" (NBC)
1973:
Won acclaim for direction of "The Man Without a Country" (ABC)
1975:
First of four TV-movies featuring actress Lee Remick, "A Girl Named Sooner" (ABC)
1976:
Was director of the NBC drama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident"
1976:
Returned to feature filmmaking with "Birch Interval", about a young girl sent to live with the Amish
1978:
Helmed the well-acted drama about a crumbling marriage, "Breaking Up" (NBC), starring Remick; received Emmy nomination
1979:
Reunited with Remick for "Torn Between Two Lovers" (CBS)
1979:
Garnered good critical notices for direction of the CBS movie remake "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received third career Emmy nomination
1981:
Directed a live NBC telecast of the play "All the Way Home", starring Sally Field and William Hurt
1982:
Helmed the NBC live telecast of the small screen remake of "The Member of the Wedding", starring Pearl Bailey
1983:
Last collaboration with Lee Remick, "The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story" (CBS)
1983:
Last feature film, "Bronte", a one-woman show about Charlotte Bronte starring Julie Harris
1985:
Helmed the ABC miniseries "A Death in California"
1986:
Was director of the NBC biopic "The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story"
1987:
Directed the documentary "Grace Kelly -- The American Princess" for Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies"
1988:
Produced and directed the TV adaptation of Howard Fast's novel "April Morning"
1991:
Was director of the TNT period drama "Ironclads"
1992:
Produced and directed the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore", with Walter Matthau reprising his role as laywer Horace Cobb
1994:
Directed and produced the second sequel, "An Incident in a Small Town" (CBS), with Matthau again playing Cobb
1994:
Last TV film (to date), "Lily in Winter", a USA Network drama that marked the acting debut of singer Natalie Cole

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