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Also Known As: Died: December 19, 2008
Born: August 23, 1925 Cause of Death: heart disease
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, copyboy, radio operator, messenger

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Critically-neglected for his lack of a consistent, visual style in an era that prizes an auteur's distinctive stamp, Robert Mulligan allowed his stories to dictate their look, so there is nothing about the black-and-white measured pictorialism of arguably his greatest film, "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), that would indicate he was the same man responsible for "Summer of '42" (1971), its pastel prettiness evoking the nostalgia of memory. The former divinity student started as a messenger at CBS and rose through the ranks, establishing himself during the 1950s helming fare for that network's "Playhouse 90", "Suspense" and "TV Playhouse", among other series. Noted for his deft handling of actors, Mulligan graduated to features with "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), an absorbing account of the personal problems which led baseball star Jim Piersall (Anthony Perkins) to a nervous breakdown. Before directing another film, he would helm two highly-acclaimed TV projects, "Member of the Wedding" (CBS, 1958) and "The Moon and Sixpence" (NBC, 1959), winning an Emmy for the latter.

Critically-neglected for his lack of a consistent, visual style in an era that prizes an auteur's distinctive stamp, Robert Mulligan allowed his stories to dictate their look, so there is nothing about the black-and-white measured pictorialism of arguably his greatest film, "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), that would indicate he was the same man responsible for "Summer of '42" (1971), its pastel prettiness evoking the nostalgia of memory. The former divinity student started as a messenger at CBS and rose through the ranks, establishing himself during the 1950s helming fare for that network's "Playhouse 90", "Suspense" and "TV Playhouse", among other series. Noted for his deft handling of actors, Mulligan graduated to features with "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), an absorbing account of the personal problems which led baseball star Jim Piersall (Anthony Perkins) to a nervous breakdown. Before directing another film, he would helm two highly-acclaimed TV projects, "Member of the Wedding" (CBS, 1958) and "The Moon and Sixpence" (NBC, 1959), winning an Emmy for the latter.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Man in the Moon, The (1991) Director
2.
  Clara's Heart (1988) Director
3.
  Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) Director
4.
  Same Time, Next Year (1978) Director
5.
  Bloodbrothers (1978) Director
6.
  Nickel Ride, The (1975) Director
7.
  The Other (1972) Director
8.
9.
  Summer of '42 (1971) Director
10.
  The Stalking Moon (1968) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Summer of '42 (1971) Adult Hermie, narrator
3.
 Natalie Wood (1987) Interviewee
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Served as a US Marine radio operator during WWII
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Worked in editorial department of THE NEW YORK TIMES during the late 1940s
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Began working as a messenger for CBS-TV
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Directed episodes of such CBS series as "Suspense", "TV Playhouse", and "Playhouse 90"
1955:
Helmed segments of NBC's "The Alcoa Hour"
1956:
Directed "Victor Borge's Comedy in Music (I and II)" (both for CBS)
1957:
Feature film debut as director, "Fear Strikes Out"
1958:
Broadway directing debut, "Comes a Day", starring Judith Anderson
1958:
Produced and directed the CBS telecast of "The Member of the Wedding", adapted from the novel by Carson McCullers
1959:
Won an Emmy for directing NBC's "The Moon and Sixpence", based on the Somerset Maugham novel, starring Anderson and Laurence Olivier; also produced
1962:
With Alan J Pakula, founded Pakula-Mulligan Productions
1962:
Received Oscar nomination as Best Director for "To Kill a Mockingbird"; first Pakula-Mulligan feature
1965:
First feature credit as producer (with Pakula), "Inside Daisy Clover", an underrated Hollywood expose starring Natalie Wood and Robert Redford; also directed
1969:
Dissolved Pakula-Mulligan Productions
1971:
Narrated and directed "Summer of '42"
1972:
Directed and produced "The Other"
1979:
Co-produced and directed "Same Time, Next Year", based on Bernard Slade's two-character Broadway play
1991:
Last feature (to date) as director, "Man in the Moon"
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Education

Fordham University: New York , New York -
Fordham University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Jane Lee Sutherland. Actor. Married in 1952.

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father:
Robert Edward Mulligan. Policeman.
mother:
Elizabeth Mulligan.
brother:
Richard Mulligan. Actor. Born in November 1932; starred in the sitcoms "Soap" and "Empty Nest"; died in September 2000.
brother:
James Mulligan.
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