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Also Known As: Died: December 8, 1990
Born: March 2, 1914 Cause of Death: heart disease complications
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Director ...
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Stage debut as Crown in summer production of "Porgy and Bess" while attending St John's University
1937:
Appeared in Group Theater productions
1937:
Broadway debut in a walk-on part in the Group Theater production of "Golden Boy"; also was assistant stage manager and understudied John Garfield in the lead role
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Served with US Army Air Force Special Forces during WWII; appeared in servicemen's stage production, "Winged Victory"
1944:
Film acting debut, "Winged Victory"
1944:
Stage directorial debut with all-soldier production of "Yellow Jack" (date approximate)
1946:
Directed first Broadway play, "Mr. Pebbles and Mr. Hooker"
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Directed 100 dramas and acted in 150 shows on live TV on CBS
1951:
Blacklisted when targeted as a Communist sympathizer by Senator Joseph McCarthy; fired from directing job at CBS
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Taught at Actors Studio (students included Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Rod Steiger)
1954:
Returned to stage directing with Philadelphia revivals of "Golden Boy", "Boy Meets Girl" and "The Front Page"
1954:
Acted in Broadway production of Odets' "The Flowering Peach", based on the story of Noah and the ark
1955:
Returned to Broadway stage directing Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays" and "A View from the Bridge"
1957:
Film directing debut, "Edge of the City"
1958:
Helmed "The Long Hot Summer", starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
1959:
Directed the screen adaptation of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"
1963:
Received only Academy Award nomination for Best Director for "Hud"; also co-produced; stars Patricia Neal and Melvyn Douglas won Oscars and Paul Newman received a Best Actor nomination
1965:
Directed Richard Burton to an Oscar nomination for "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"; also produced
1967:
Produced and directed "Hombre", starring Newman
1970:
Helmed "The Molly Maguires", the fact-based drama about striking American coal miners written by fellow blacklist survivor Walter Bernstein; Sean Connery and Richard Harris starred
1970:
Directed the film version of the stage hit "The Great White Hope"; leading players James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander both earned Oscar nominations
1972:
"Sounder" leads Paul Winfield and Cicely Tyson each received Academy Award nominations under his direction; supporting player Geraldine Page also cited for her work in "Pete 'n' Tillie" under his helming
1974:
Helmed the adaptation of Pat Conroy's autobiographical novel "Conrack", starring Jon Voight
1976:
Returned to acting in "End of the Game"
1976:
Was interviewed for the Oscar-nominated documentary about the blacklist called "Hollywood on Trial"
1976:
Explored blacklisting as producer and director of "The Front", scripted by Walter Bernstein
1979:
Directed and co-produced "Norma Rae", featuring a tour de force performance by Sally Field who won an Academy Award
1981:
Reteamed with Field for the less successful "Back Roads"
1983:
Helmed the biopic of author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. "Cross Creek", starring Mary Steenburgen; supporting players Rip Torn and Alfre Woodard nominated for Academy Awards
1985:
Named distinguished director in residence, UCLA College of Fine Arts
1985:
Resumed acting career playing the baseball manager in "The Slugger's Wife", directed by Hal Ashby and written by Neil Simon
1985:
Third film with Field, "Murphy's Romance"; leading man James Garner earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination
1987:
Helmed the screen adaptation of the play "Nuts", about a call girl accused of murder; film starred Barbra Streisand
1990:
Directed final film, "Stanley & Iris", a love story teaming Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda

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