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Also Known As: 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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Joseph Sargent began his career in the 1950s as an actor in live TV dramas and second-rate syndicated series, and quickly decided to move behind the cameras. He subsequently became one of the most celebrated TV directors of all time, with sporadic big screen outings.Sargent's desire to work and not "sit around" developing properties made him a TV producer's dream in the 1960s when he helmed episodes of "The Invaders", "Star Trek", "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and other series. He jumped to the big screen with "The Spy in the Green Hat" (1966), a feature version of TV's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." compiled from episodes of the series. A sequel, "One Spy Too Many" (1966), followed. Sargent's first non-compilation film was "The Hell with Heroes" (1968), about two US Air Force fliers who become enmeshed in a black market ring. He helmed the sci-fi thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970). Many of Sargent's features were originally intended for TV but were released theatrically, including the James Earl Jones vehicle "The Man" (1972), a drama about the first Black President of the USA, "Goldengirl" (1979), with Susan Anton as an Olympic hopeful, and "Nightmares" (1983), an uneven anthology film with...

Joseph Sargent began his career in the 1950s as an actor in live TV dramas and second-rate syndicated series, and quickly decided to move behind the cameras. He subsequently became one of the most celebrated TV directors of all time, with sporadic big screen outings.

Sargent's desire to work and not "sit around" developing properties made him a TV producer's dream in the 1960s when he helmed episodes of "The Invaders", "Star Trek", "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and other series. He jumped to the big screen with "The Spy in the Green Hat" (1966), a feature version of TV's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." compiled from episodes of the series. A sequel, "One Spy Too Many" (1966), followed. Sargent's first non-compilation film was "The Hell with Heroes" (1968), about two US Air Force fliers who become enmeshed in a black market ring. He helmed the sci-fi thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970). Many of Sargent's features were originally intended for TV but were released theatrically, including the James Earl Jones vehicle "The Man" (1972), a drama about the first Black President of the USA, "Goldengirl" (1979), with Susan Anton as an Olympic hopeful, and "Nightmares" (1983), an uneven anthology film with generally predictable plot twists. Among his other credits are "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), an above-average thriller about a hijacking of a NYC subway train, and the biopic "MacArthur" (1977), with Gregory Peck as the general. Sargent's last feature, as of 1996, was "Jaws the Revenge" (1987), the fourth, and most unnecessary, installment in the series about great white sharks.

Sargent's directorial abilities have shone on the small screen. A list of his TV-movies includes some of the most distinguished produced during the past three decades. In 1970, he helmed "Tribes" (ABC), a conflict drama about a Marine drill instructor and a hippie. The next year, Sargent directed Sally Field in one of her first dramatic roles in "Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring" (ABC), about a young woman trying to cope at home after spending several years as a hippie wanderer. "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" (CBS, 1973), based on a real-life murder case, won Sargent the first of his four Emmy Awards and made a star out of Telly Savalas, who played a bald-headed detective named Kojak. Sargent's "Hustling" (ABC, 1975) made Jill Clayburgh a star and looked into the real story behind who makes money off prostitution. The same year he helmed "The Night That Panicked America" (ABC), about Orson Welles' famed 1938 radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds". "Playing for Time" (CBS, 1980) caused controversy when Vanessa Redgrave was cast as Fania Fenelon, the half-Jewish survivor of Auschwitz, but there was generally critical and audience applause for the results. His "Love Is Never Silent" (NBC, 1985), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" project, broke ground in the public's perception of deaf Americans and culled another Emmy.

Sargent also guided Walter Matthau's TV-movie debut, "The Incident" (CBS, 1990), snared another Emmy for "Caroline?" (1990)which featured Stephanie Zimbalist as a mysterious woman claiming to be the deceased daughter of a wealthy man, and his other eclectic projects included "Day One" (CBS, 1989), about the race to create the atomic bomb and "The Karen Carpenter Story" (CBS, 1989). He again worked for Hallmark with "Miss Rose White" (NBC, 1992), about two Jewish sisters who are reunited in late 1940s New York, and earned his fourth Emmy for his work. He also helmed several high quality miniseries, including "Abraham" (TNT, 1994), "World War II: When Lions Roared" (NBC, 1994), "Larry McMurtry's 'Streets of Laredo'" (CBS, 1995) and "The Salem Witch Trials" (2002). He garnered particular accliam for his sensitive, artful direction of a series of HBO dramas, including "A Lesson Before Dying" (1999), Andy Garcia's pet biopic project "For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story" (2000), the quirky character drama "Something the Lord Made" (2004) and the Frankin Delano Roosevelt biopic "Warm Springs" (2005)--he would receive Emmy nominations for directing the latter two and won the DGA Award for "Something the Lord Made"--as well as helming prestigious Showtime projects such as "Bojangles" (2001), the eponymous biopic of dancer Bill Robinson, and the moving Holocaust telepic "Out of the Ashes" (2003).

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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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CAST: (feature film)

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 Ivory Hunters, The (1990) Andy
2.
 Love She Sought, The (1990) Garvey
3.
 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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