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Also Known As: Alan Smithee,Donald Siegel,Donald Siegel Died: April 20, 1991
Born: October 26, 1912 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Director ... director producer studio montage department head assistant film librarian actor assistant editor


The montage department at Warner Bros. gave producer-director Don Siegel the necessary tools to impart his signature economical, action-driven style that made films like "Riot on Cell Block 11" (1954), "Invasion of the Body Snatcher" (1955), "The Killers" (1964), "Dirty Harry" (1971) and "Charley Varrick" (1973) such high water marks in the crime and thriller genres. Though Siegel disavowed any notable style, his films were earmarked by their brisk pace, uncompromising violence, and heroes that frequently followed the same moral path as their villains. In doing so, Siegel won as much favor from critics and audiences as antipathy, with "Harry" receiving the lion's share of brickbats over its supposed anti-liberal stance. Siegel's strongest pictures were in collaboration with "Harry" star Clint Eastwood, whose own prominence was boosted by his work with the director in "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) and "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979), among others. Regardless of what side one came down on the Siegel debate, there was no denying that his four-decade career generated some of the most enjoyable and mature crime dramas to come from Hollywood.

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