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Also Known As: Died: October 27, 2002
Born: May 15, 1913 Cause of Death: aneurysm
Birth Place: Hungary Profession: Director ...
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As a teenager, had one-person art show; later destroyed his paintings and sculpture
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Had first play produced at age 18
1931:
Entered Hungarian film industry (date approximate)
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Worked at Hunnia Studios
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Apprenticed as cameraman for cinematographer Istvan (Stefan) Eiben
1937:
First film as screenwriter ("from story"), "Falu rossza/Evil Village"
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During the 1930s, made several visits to Hollywood
1939:
Directed five Hungarian features credited as Endre Toth; the first, "Toprini nasz/Wedding in Toprin"
1939:
Moved to England
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Worked as 2nd unit director for Alexander Korda on several films; only received credit on "The Jungle Book" (1942); reported to have worked on "Four Feathers" (1939), "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) and "Sahara" (1943), among others
1942:
Relocated to Los Angeles
1943:
Hollywood directing debut, "Passport to Suez"
1944:
Signed to a one picture contract with Columbia; helmed the war drama "None Shall Escape"
1947:
Joined Enterprise Productions
1947:
Directed first Western, "Ramrod", starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake
1948:
Sued by Columbia for nonpayment of part of his salary paid by Warner Bros; amount in question was roughly $1,400; under terms of his contract, de Toth had to pay Columbia a percentage of any salaries he earned on loan-outs
1950:
Shared Oscar nomination with William Bowers for the Best Motion Picture Story for "The Gunfighter"
1951:
First of six films with Randolph Scott, the Western "Man in the Saddle"
1953:
Helmed "House of Wax", a 3-D remake of "Mystery of the Wax Museum"; first horror role for Vincent Price
1957:
Directed the drug addiction drama "Monkey on My Back"
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Directed episodes of TV series like "Maverick", "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Westerner" in the late 1950s and early 1960s
1962:
Acted as a consultant to David Lean on "Lawrence of Arabia"; reportedly "found locations" and did uncredited 2nd unit work
1964:
Seriously injured in a skiing accident
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Reportedly shot second unit work on James Bond films
1968:
Executive produced and directed "Play Dirty"; replaced Rene Clement as director
1970:
Produced "El Condor", directed by John Guillermin
1976:
Made film on board minehunter HMS Bronington with HRH Prince Charles of England
1978:
Worked as uncredited director of the flying sequences of "Superman"; some sequences also used in "Superman II"
1980:
Reportedly offered assistance on the feature "The Lion of the Desert"

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