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Norman Taurog

Norman Taurog

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Also Known As: Died: April 7, 1981
Born: February 23, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, actor

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Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other light entertainments, though he made several dramas as well, such as "The Beginning or the End" (1947), about the birth of the atomic bomb. By the mid-50s, he began directing formula vehicles for box-office stars such as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley.

Archetypal "contract," studio director who entered films as an actor, began making comedy shorts, and moved up to features in 1929. Working most often for MGM and Paramount, Taurog specialized in comedies and other light entertainments, though he made several dramas as well, such as "The Beginning or the End" (1947), about the birth of the atomic bomb. By the mid-50s, he began directing formula vehicles for box-office stars such as Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Speedway (1968) Director
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  Double Trouble (1967) Director
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  Spinout (1966) Director
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  Sergeant Deadhead (1965) Director
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  Tickle Me (1965) Director
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  Palm Springs Weekend (1963) Director
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  Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) Director

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1912:
Stage acting debut, "The Good Little Devil" (with Mary Pickford)
1917:
Film acting debut at IMP Studios, New York
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Moved to Hollywood; worked in film production as property boy
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Film directing debut of two-reel comedies
1929:
Co-directed first feature film, "Lucky Boy"
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wife:
Susan Taurog. Maternal aunt of Jackie Cooper.

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nephew:
Jackie Cooper. Actor, director.

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