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Also Known As: Laszlo Benedek Died: March 11, 1992
Born: March 5, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: director, producer, director of photography, editor, editor, screenwriter, assistant cameraman, educator

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Began his career at UFA and, after brief stints in France and England, arrived in the US in 1937. Benedek made his directorial debut a decade later with the Frank Sinatra vehicle "The Kissing Bandit" (1948) and teamed up with producer Stanley Kramer twice, for a faithful, if pedestrian adaptation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1951) and "The Wild One" (1954), which remains a signature film of the 1950s, largely thanks to the charismatic presence of Marlon Brando as the silent, rebel biker. From the mid-1950s Benedek worked primarily in TV.

Began his career at UFA and, after brief stints in France and England, arrived in the US in 1937. Benedek made his directorial debut a decade later with the Frank Sinatra vehicle "The Kissing Bandit" (1948) and teamed up with producer Stanley Kramer twice, for a faithful, if pedestrian adaptation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1951) and "The Wild One" (1954), which remains a signature film of the 1950s, largely thanks to the charismatic presence of Marlon Brando as the silent, rebel biker. From the mid-1950s Benedek worked primarily in TV.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Assault On Agathon (1975) Director
2.
  The Night Visitor (1971) Director
3.
  Daring Game (1968) Director
4.
  Namu, the Killer Whale (1966) Director
5.
  Malaga (1962) Director
6.
  Affair in Havana (1957) Director
8.
  The Wild One (1954) Director
9.
  Bengal Brigade (1954) Director
10.
  Death of a Salesman (1952) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Milky Way (2007)
2.
 King Kongs Faust (1985) English Collector
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Paid for medical studies working as an assistant cameraman
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Worked chiefly as editor in Germany before moving first to Vienna as an assistant to producer Joe Pasternak in 1933 then to Paris where he worked as a film editor and to England where he worked as a screenwriter
1937:
Moved to Hollywood; worked as montage editor; renewed association with Joe Paternak and served as associate producer on some of his musical films
1948:
Film directing debut, "The Kissing Bandit"
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Was "graylisted" in the 1950s for his connections to Spanish Civil War fund-raising activities and members of the Hollywood Ten; turned to TV directing
1959:
Second unit director on "Ben-Hur"; worked on the famed chariot sequence
1962:
Second unit director on "The Longest Day"
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Directed more than 75 TV shows including episodes of "Rawhide" and "The Untouchables"
1976:
Directed last TV film, "Assault on Agathon"
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Served as chair of the graduate film program at NYU's School of the Arts
1983:
Became visiting professor of film at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania
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Taught at Film Academy in Munich, Germany; at Rice University in Houston and at Columbia University in NY
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Education

University of Vienna: -

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companion:
Danielle DeMers.

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daughter:
Melinda Benedek. Executive. Executive vice president at Showtime Networks.
daughter:
Barbara Benedek. Consultant. Independent consultant in television co-productions based in London based in London.
daughter:
Antonia "Tonda" Benedek.

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