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Also Known As: Thomas Lee, Allen Smithee Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, sound recordist, editor

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Pseudonym designated by the Directors Guild of America to replace the actual names of directors who wish to not be credited for a particular film. The name seems to have been first used for "Death of a Gunfighter" (1969) which was actually directed by, among others, Don Siegel. Other Smithee credits include the severely edited TV version of "Dune," the original theatrical version of which was directed by David Lynch, and "Let's Get Harry" (1987), directed by Stuart Rosenberg but released with nearly half an hour cut out. In 1998, Joe Eszterhas scripted "Burn, Hollywood, Burn," an insider comedy about a British director named Alan Smithee who wants to remove his name from a film he directed. Ironically, the film was credited to Alan Smithee (in reality Arthur Hiller who clashed with the screenwriter over the final cut).

Pseudonym designated by the Directors Guild of America to replace the actual names of directors who wish to not be credited for a particular film. The name seems to have been first used for "Death of a Gunfighter" (1969) which was actually directed by, among others, Don Siegel. Other Smithee credits include the severely edited TV version of "Dune," the original theatrical version of which was directed by David Lynch, and "Let's Get Harry" (1987), directed by Stuart Rosenberg but released with nearly half an hour cut out. In 1998, Joe Eszterhas scripted "Burn, Hollywood, Burn," an insider comedy about a British director named Alan Smithee who wants to remove his name from a film he directed. Ironically, the film was credited to Alan Smithee (in reality Arthur Hiller who clashed with the screenwriter over the final cut).

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  Old 37 (2015)
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  Disciples, The (1999) Director
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  Gypsy Angels (1994) Director
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  Call of the Wild (1993) Director
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  Bodyguard (1990) Director
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  Juarez (1988) Director
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  Omnibus (1980) Director

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Notes

The name Alan Smithee has become so well known that producers, screenwriter, editors and even a sound recordist have employed it.

After the release of "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" in 1998, the DGA gave thought to retiring the moniker of "Alan Smithee". As of January 2000, one suggested replacement was Thomas Lee (used for Walter Hill on "Supernova"). Arthur Hiller, president of the DGA, issued a statement suggesting the world had not seen the last of Alan Smithee.

"Alan Smithee is the secret shame of Hollywood. He's the man Hollywood would prefer we not know about, not talk about and not ask any questions about." --film historian Stephen Hock quoted in the Los Angeles Times, March 5, 2002.

In March 2002, the cable channel American Movie Classics aired the documentary "Who Is Alan Smithee?"

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