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|Also Known As:||Died:||March 31, 2008|
|Born:||December 18, 1911||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Middletown, Connecticut, USA||Profession:||Director ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
First role with the ARTEF (Yiddish Proletarian Theater) company in New York City
Directed first stage play, "The Medicine Show"
Directed first short film, "The Tell-Tale Heart"
Feature directing debut, "Nazi Agent/Salute to Courage"
Helmed the brutal film noir, "Brute Force" starring Burt Lancaster and Hume Cronyn
Directed the black-and-white film noir "The Naked City"
Filmed "Night and the City" in London to avoid being brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee
European producers were told that their films would not be allowed to be released in the United States if Dassin was involved in their production; did not direct another film for five years
Returned to directing with the French language noir classic "Rififi"
Directed (also scripted) future wife, Melina Mercouri in "Never on Sunday"; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay
Once again directed Melina Mercouri in "Phaedra"
Directed the heist film, "Topkapi" starring Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov
Directed "Illya Darling" the Broadway musical adaptation of his film, "Never on Sunday"
Wrote and directed "Up Tight!" starring Ruby Dee and Roscoe Lee Browne
Directed (also wrote and produced) his wife, Melina Mercouri in "Promise at Dawn"
Directed and co-starred with (also wrote) Olympia Dukakis, Arthur Miller and Melina Mercouri in "The Rehearsal"
Wrote and directed "Kravgi gynaikon"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Film
Directed his final feature, "Circle of Two" starring Richard Burton as a 60-year old artist who falls in love with a fifteen-year-old (Tatum O'Neal)
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