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Also Known As: Endre Marton Died: January 7, 1992
Born: January 26, 1904 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: director, 2nd unit director, editor

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Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur". Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before returning to Germany as chief editor at the Tobin studios. In 1933 Marton left Germany and commuted between Switzerland, Hungary and England, where he directed "Wolf's Clothing" "Secret of Stamboul" (both 1936), and "School for Husbands" (1937). Marton returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s to film the ski sequences for "Two-Faced Woman" (1942), Greta Garbo's last feature. He replaced Compton Bennett as director of the African epic "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) after Bennett became ill. As a second-unit director Marton also shot sequences for such big-budget epics as "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) and "Cleopatra" (1963), as well as "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) and "Day of the Jackal" (1973).

Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur". Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before returning to Germany as chief editor at the Tobin studios. In 1933 Marton left Germany and commuted between Switzerland, Hungary and England, where he directed "Wolf's Clothing" "Secret of Stamboul" (both 1936), and "School for Husbands" (1937).

Marton returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s to film the ski sequences for "Two-Faced Woman" (1942), Greta Garbo's last feature. He replaced Compton Bennett as director of the African epic "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) after Bennett became ill. As a second-unit director Marton also shot sequences for such big-budget epics as "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) and "Cleopatra" (1963), as well as "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) and "Day of the Jackal" (1973).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Up the Sandbox (1972) 2d unit dir, Africa
2.
  Kelly's Heroes (1970) 2nd unit dir
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  Catch-22 (1970) 2nd unit dir
4.
  Africa--Texas Style! (1967) Director
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  Birds Do It (1966) Director
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  Crack in the World (1965) Director
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  The Thin Red Line (1964) Director
10.
  The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) Dir 2nd unit operations

CAST: (feature film)

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 Into The Night (1985) Freeway Driver
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Grew up in the Tyrolean Alps
1922:
Joined Vita Film company in Vienna as an editor
1923:
Went to Hollywood with Ernst Lubitsch
1926:
Worked as a Hollywood stock player
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Started directing in Berlin, then in London; made directorial debut with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929)
1942:
Brought to Hollywood by a producer to direct ski sequences in "Two Faced Woman"
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Directed such films as "Gentle Annie" (1944), "Galant Bess" (1946), "The Wild North" (1952) and "Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion" (1965)
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wife:
Lacerta Marton.

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sister:
Elizabeth Marton.
daughter:
Tonda Marton-Beyer.
step-daughter:
Melinda Benedeck.
step-daughter:
Barbara Benedeck.
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"Andrew Marton" Scarecrow Press

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