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Also Known As: Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente, Joseph Daniel Sargente Died:
Born: July 22, 1925 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: director, producer, actor

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The son of Italian immigrants, Joseph Sargent rose from blue collar New Jersey to Hollywood, but his best work as a director, the masterful action film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), retained a gritty, street-level quality. Born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, NJ, he originally moved to California to find work as an actor. Though he did appear briefly in the classic "From Here To Eternity" (1953), Sargent soon found himself changing career paths, becoming a television director later in the 1950s. He spent over a decade as a journeyman director, amassing a solid credit list including episodes of hit series such as "Lassie" (CBS / Syndication 1954-1973), "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC 1964-68) and "Star Trek" (NBC 1966-69). In 1968, Sargent made the movie into film with a low-budget World War II drama starring Rod Taylor, "The Hell With Heroes" (1968). Dystopian science fiction thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970) followed. A political drama, "The Man" (1972), was Sargent's next project: written by Rod Serling based on the novel by Irving Wallace, it starred James Earl Jones as a career politician who rises to the presidency. By this time it was clear...

The son of Italian immigrants, Joseph Sargent rose from blue collar New Jersey to Hollywood, but his best work as a director, the masterful action film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), retained a gritty, street-level quality. Born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, NJ, he originally moved to California to find work as an actor. Though he did appear briefly in the classic "From Here To Eternity" (1953), Sargent soon found himself changing career paths, becoming a television director later in the 1950s. He spent over a decade as a journeyman director, amassing a solid credit list including episodes of hit series such as "Lassie" (CBS / Syndication 1954-1973), "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC 1964-68) and "Star Trek" (NBC 1966-69). In 1968, Sargent made the movie into film with a low-budget World War II drama starring Rod Taylor, "The Hell With Heroes" (1968). Dystopian science fiction thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970) followed. A political drama, "The Man" (1972), was Sargent's next project: written by Rod Serling based on the novel by Irving Wallace, it starred James Earl Jones as a career politician who rises to the presidency. By this time it was clear that Sargent was effective in a number of different styles and genres. This was confirmed by his next two projects. "White Lightning" (1973) was a smash-'em-up chase movie starring Burt Reynolds as one of his most iconic characters, Gator McKlusky. This big hit was followed by Sargent's best-known film, the hard-edged, at times darkly comic thriller "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), a heist film starring Walter Matthau as a hangdog NYPD lieutenant chasing a group of kidnappers who have taken a subway train hostage. Oddly, after that pair of critical and commercial successes, Sargent moved primarily into directing made for television movies. He only made three more theatrical features, the tepidly-received biopic "MacArthur" (1977), the low-budget horror anthology "Nightmares" (1983), and the legendary bomb "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987). Completed, from inception to editing, in less than nine months, "Jaws: The Revenge" is a perennial entry on "worst films of all time" lists. However, Sargent continued working steadily in television following that disaster, including high-profile made for TV movies such as the authorized biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story" (1989) and the HBO period drama "Something the Lord Made" (2004), for which he won the Directors Guild of America award. Sargent's final film was the family drama "Sweet Nothing In My Ear" (2008), starring Jeff Daniels and Marlee Matlin. Joseph Sargent died of heart disease on December 22, 2014 at the age of 89.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sybil (2008)
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  Something the Lord Made (2004) Director
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  Out of the Ashes (2003) Director
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  Bojangles (2001) Director
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  Lesson Before Dying, A (1999) Director
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  Wall, The (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Ivory Hunters, The (1990) Andy
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 Love She Sought, The (1990) Garvey
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 Kathy O' (1958) Mike
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 Her First Romance (1951) Counselor
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 Getaway Car (1958)
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1957:
Regular (as actor) on syndicated "Getaway Car" series
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Working director, episodes of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "The Invaders", "Star Trek", "Lassie", "Bonanza"
1966:
Feature debut, "The Spy in the Green Hat" (compilation of episodes of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."
1968:
First non-compilation feature, "The Hell with Heroes"
1969:
Directed pilot, "The Immortal" (ABC)
1970:
Directed TV-movie "Tribes"
1971:
Director-producer "Longstreet" TV series (ABC)
1972:
Directed "The Man"
1973:
Directed "The Marcus-Nelson Murders," TV-movie which became "Kojak" series
1974:
Helmed "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"
1977:
Directed "MacArthur" starring Gregory Peck
1980:
Directed "Playing for Time" Fania Fenelon story for CBS; "Amber Waves" for ABC
1981:
Directed first miniseries, "The Manions of America"
1985:
Directed "Love is Never Silent", one of first primetime dramas to employ sign language
1987:
Returned to big screen with "Jaws -- The Revenge"
1989:
Helmmed "Day One" and "The Karen Carpenter Story" for CBS
1990:
Directed Walter Matthau in his TV-movie debut, "The Incident"
1992:
Directed "Miss Rose White" for Hallmark Hall of Fame and NBC
1994:
Helmed both "World War II: When Lions Roared" miniseries for ABC and "Abraham", a TNT miniseries
1995:
Directed "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'" miniseries for CBS
1997:
Directed the HBO movie "Miss Evers' Boys" based on the true story of the US Government's 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiments
1999:
Won praise for his direction of the HBO drama "A Lesson Before Dying"
2000:
Directed "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" starring Andy Garcia
2001:
Directed "Bojangles" the biography of African-American William "Bojangles" Robinson (Gregory Hines)
2004:
Directed the HBO movie "Something the Lord Made" which details the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def)
2005:
Directed Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon, as Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in the HBO movie "Warm Springs," which chronicles the life of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt before he became president until his death
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Education

New School for Social Research: New York , New York - 1946 - 1949

Notes

Sargent was originally hired to direct "Coal Miner's Daughter" but Loretta Lynn clashed with him, particularly over the casting of Sissy Spacek and he was replaced on the project by Michael Apted.

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wife:
Carolyn Nelson. Second wife; married on November 22, 1970.

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father:
Domenico Sargente.
mother:
Maria Sargente.
daughter:
Lia Sargent. Mother, Sargent's first wife.
daughter:
Athena Sargent. Mother Carolyn Nelson.
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