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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 23, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: director, assistant cameraman, assistant producer, executive producer

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Hungarian-born Peter Medak escaped to England after the 1956 uprising in his homeland. He spent an apprenticeship rising from assistant cameraman to second assistant director with the 1962 remake of "The Phantom of the Opera". The following year, he began directing for TV for Universal and entered features in 1968 with "Negatives". Medak was responsible for one of the most deliriously vicious satires of English upper-crust folly, "The Ruling Class" (1972), featuring a tour de force central performance by Peter O'Toole. The director demonstrated his comedic touch with the middling "Zorro, the Gay Blade" (1981). The best known of Medak's subsequent films, "The Krays" (1990), was a violent look at a rather different segment of English society which featured pop singers Gary and Martin Kemp in the roles of two of Britain's most notorious gangsters while "Let Him Have It" (1991) was a based-on-fact story of a 50s murder case that involved a teenager of questionable intelligence. He also helmed the stylish contemporary noir "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1993). More recently, Medak has concentrated on small screen work, helming episodes of the acclaimed NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and the TNT remake...

Hungarian-born Peter Medak escaped to England after the 1956 uprising in his homeland. He spent an apprenticeship rising from assistant cameraman to second assistant director with the 1962 remake of "The Phantom of the Opera". The following year, he began directing for TV for Universal and entered features in 1968 with "Negatives". Medak was responsible for one of the most deliriously vicious satires of English upper-crust folly, "The Ruling Class" (1972), featuring a tour de force central performance by Peter O'Toole. The director demonstrated his comedic touch with the middling "Zorro, the Gay Blade" (1981). The best known of Medak's subsequent films, "The Krays" (1990), was a violent look at a rather different segment of English society which featured pop singers Gary and Martin Kemp in the roles of two of Britain's most notorious gangsters while "Let Him Have It" (1991) was a based-on-fact story of a 50s murder case that involved a teenager of questionable intelligence. He also helmed the stylish contemporary noir "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1993). More recently, Medak has concentrated on small screen work, helming episodes of the acclaimed NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and the TNT remake "The Hunchback" (1997), starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Species II (1998) Director
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  Hunchback, The (1997) Director
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  Pontiac Moon (1994) Director
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  Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) Director
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  Let Him Have It (1991) Director
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  Krays, The (1990) Director
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  Men's Club, The (1986) Director
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  Cry For the Strangers (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) Man At Corner
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Began film training at ABPC studios in Budapest at age 19
1956:
Escaped from Budapest and went to England during Hungarian uprising
1958:
Worked in major British film studios as assistant cameraman, assistant director and second unit director
1962:
First feature film credit, "Phantom of the Opera" (as second assistant director)
1962:
Signed long-term contract with Universal studios in Hollywood where he worked as asistant producer and second unit director on TV productions, "Arrest and Trial", "Channing" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"
1964:
Returned to London to set up Universal's English operation as executive producer; work included producing and directing some episodes of TV series, "Court Martial"
1966:
First credit as associate producer, "Kaleidoscope"
1966:
First credit as second unit director, "Funeral in Berlin"
1967:
First feature film as associate director, "Fathom" (also second unit director)
1968:
Directed first feature, "Negatives"
1972:
Helmed "The Ruling Class" starring Peter O'Toole
1981:
Had modest success with the comedy "Zorro, the Gay Blade"
1990:
Returned to the milieu of London with the biopic "The Krays", about the rise and fall of British gangster-brothers
1993:
Helmed the outlandish noirish "Romeo Is Bleeding"
1994:
Directed episodes of the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1997:
Helmed the TNT remake of "The Hunchback" starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek
1998:
Directed "Species II"
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Notes

"The most important thing I've learned about this business is to never give up, under any circumstances. You have to hammer out your point of view and fax it and repeat it every day 10 million times. Eventually, someone will listen." --Peter Medak to PREMIERE, January 1992

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wife:
Julia Migenes. Opera singer, actor. Second wife.

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