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Also Known As: Died: July 13, 1954
Born: June 25, 1891 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ... director actor producer writer
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Irving Pichel (24 June 1891 - 13 July 1954), was an American actor, and film director. He married Violette Wilson, daughter of Jackson Stitt Wilson, a methodist minister and Socialist mayor of Berkeley, California. Credited with the discovery of Natalie Wood. Among his most notable roles were the servant Sandor in Dracula's Daughter, and Fagin in the 1933 adaptation of Oliver Twist. He directed several well-regarded films, including The Miracle of the Bells, Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Tomorrow is Forever and Destination Moon. His voice was heard as narrator in How Green Was My Valley. By the mid 1940s, Pichel played small parts in several of the films that he directed, performed on radio, and was the narrator of John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon in 1949. His last films as a director were Santa Fe with Randolph Scott in 1951 and two sectarian church-basement favorites Martin Luther in 1953, and Day of Triumph in 1954. Died suddenly of a heart attack in 1954 just a week after completing Day of Triumph.

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