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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 23, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor

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A former jazz pianist who appeared on Broadway and TV before beginning his directing career with series such as "Ben Casey," "I Spy" and "Gunsmoke", Rydell earned critical acclaim for his debut feature, "The Fox" (1968). He also won plaudits for his helming of "Cinderella Liberty" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). "On Golden Pond" (1981), a typical film, in that it displayed its director's fondness for sentiment and nostalgia, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Director. Rydell has subsequently made films only occasionally, some ("The River" 1984) doing fairly well with critics, while others ("Intersection" 1994 and the somewhat overly maligned "For the Boys" 1991) did less well with critics and public alike.

A former jazz pianist who appeared on Broadway and TV before beginning his directing career with series such as "Ben Casey," "I Spy" and "Gunsmoke", Rydell earned critical acclaim for his debut feature, "The Fox" (1968). He also won plaudits for his helming of "Cinderella Liberty" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). "On Golden Pond" (1981), a typical film, in that it displayed its director's fondness for sentiment and nostalgia, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Director. Rydell has subsequently made films only occasionally, some ("The River" 1984) doing fairly well with critics, while others ("Intersection" 1994 and the somewhat overly maligned "For the Boys" 1991) did less well with critics and public alike.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Even Money (2006)
2.
  James Dean (2001) Director
3.
  Crime of the Century (1996) Director
4.
  Intersection (1994) Director
5.
  For The Boys (1991) Director
6.
  River, The (1984) Director
7.
  On Golden Pond (1981) Director
8.
  Rose, The (1979) Director
10.
  Cinderella Liberty (1973) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Hollywood Ending (2002) Al Hack
3.
 James Dean (2001) Jack Warner
4.
 Havana (1990) Meyer Lansky
5.
 Punchline (1988) Romeo
6.
 The Long Goodbye (1973) Marty Augustine
7.
 Crime in the Streets (1956) Lou Macklin
8.
 James Caan: Making a Scene (2001) Interviewee
9.
 Steve McQueen: King of Cool (1998) Interviewee
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Began career as jazz pianist in New York
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Appeared on CBS soap, "As the World Turns," for six years
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Broadway debut in "Seagulls over Sorrento"
1956:
Film acting debut in "Crime in the Streets"
1963:
Worked as TV director in Hollywood, beginning with "Ben Casey"
1968:
Directed first feature, "The Fox"
1971:
Produced first film, "The Cowboys", which he also directed
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Formed Sanford Productions (film, TV) with Sidney Pollack
1973:
Helmed "Cinderella Liberty", co-starring James Caan and Marsha Mason; Mason received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
1973:
Played the violent Jewish mob kingpin, Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"
1979:
Directed Bette Midler to an Oscar nomination with "The Rose"
1981:
Received Academy Award nomination for Best Director for "On Golden Pond"; stars Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn received Oscars as Best Actor and Best Actress
1991:
Reteamed with Midler and Caan for "For the Boys"; Midler received her second Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1994:
Directed "Intersection", starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone
1996:
Helmed the HBO drama "Crime of the Century", about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping
2001:
Appeared as Jack Warner in the TNT biopic "James Dean"; also directed
2002:
Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
2007:
Helmed "Even Money," a crime film about three strangers who become addicted to gambling, starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, and Ray Liotta
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Education

University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -
Chicago College of Music: Chicago , Illinois -
New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -

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wife:
Joanne Linville. Actor.
wife:
Esther Rydell.

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son:
Christopher Rydell. Born c. 1963; played Bette Midler's son in Rydell's "For the Boys" (1991).
daughter:
Amy Rydell.

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