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Also Known As: Irving Kaminski Died: April 18, 1959
Born: October 9, 1888 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor

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Irving Cummings's amazing vision and attention to detail were the driving forces behind his success as a director. In 1952, he produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio. In 1926, he began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years. Cummings kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Everywoman" (1919), the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle adaptation "The Round-Up" (1920) and "The Man From Hell's River" (1922). He also appeared in "Rupert of Hentzau" (1923). Cummings was nominated for a Directing Academy Award for "In Old Arizona" in 1929. He continued to work in film in the thirties, directing motion pictures like the Warner Baxter western "The Cisco Kid" (1931), "Man Against Woman" (1932) and the action flick "The Woman I Stole" (1933) with Jack Holt. He also appeared in "The White Parade" (1934). Nearing the end of his career, Cummings directed the biopic "Lillian Russell" (1940) with Alice Faye, the Don Ameche musical "Down Argentine Way" (1940) and the Bob Hope comedy adaptation "Louisiana Purchase" (1941). He also appeared in the western "Belle Starr" (1941) with Randolph Scott and the Alice Faye musical "That...

Irving Cummings's amazing vision and attention to detail were the driving forces behind his success as a director. In 1952, he produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio. In 1926, he began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years. Cummings kickstarted his acting career in various films such as "Everywoman" (1919), the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle adaptation "The Round-Up" (1920) and "The Man From Hell's River" (1922). He also appeared in "Rupert of Hentzau" (1923). Cummings was nominated for a Directing Academy Award for "In Old Arizona" in 1929. He continued to work in film in the thirties, directing motion pictures like the Warner Baxter western "The Cisco Kid" (1931), "Man Against Woman" (1932) and the action flick "The Woman I Stole" (1933) with Jack Holt. He also appeared in "The White Parade" (1934). Nearing the end of his career, Cummings directed the biopic "Lillian Russell" (1940) with Alice Faye, the Don Ameche musical "Down Argentine Way" (1940) and the Bob Hope comedy adaptation "Louisiana Purchase" (1941). He also appeared in the western "Belle Starr" (1941) with Randolph Scott and the Alice Faye musical "That Night in Rio" (1941). Cummings was most recently credited in "Tap" (1989) with Gregory Hines. Cummings passed away in April 1959 at the age of 71.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Double Dynamite (1951) Director
2.
  The Dolly Sisters (1945) Director
3.
  The Impatient Years (1944) Director
4.
  What a Woman! (1943) Director
5.
  Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943) Director
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  My Gal Sal (1942) Director
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  That Night in Rio (1941) Director
9.
  Louisiana Purchase (1941) Director
10.
  Belle Starr (1941) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 As Man Desires (1925) Major Singh
2.
 Rupert of Hentzau (1923) Von Bernenstein
3.
 The Eternal Flame (1922) Count de Marsay
4.
 The Man From Hell's River (1922) Pierre de Barre
6.
 The Round-Up (1920) Dick Lane
7.
 The Ladder of Lies (1920) Ralph Brent
8.
 The Saphead (1920) Mark Turner
9.
 Sex (1920) Dick Wallace
10.
 Old Dad (1920) Sheridan Kaire
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1909:
Film acting debut
1926:
Began his lengthy association with Fox Pictures (later to become 20th Century Fox), which lasted 20 years
1944:
Last producing credit, "The Impatient Years," which he also directed
1945:
Last film for six years, "The Dolly Sisters," at Fox
1951:
One-shot return to film directing and last credit, "Double Dynamite," produced by his son Irving Cummings Jr.
1952:
Produced and hosted "Lux Radio Theater" for CBS radio
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wife:
Ruth Cummings. Actor. Born in 1894; died on December 6, 1984 at age 90 90, in Woodland Hills, California; prominent in silent films of the 1910s and 20s; worked with Irving Cummings first when they acted together; she later played occasional character roles.

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son:
Irving Cummings Jr. Screenwriter.

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