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|Also Known As:||Died:||August 28, 1987|
|Born:||August 5, 1906||Cause of Death:||complications from emphysema|
|Birth Place:||Nevada, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Stage acting debut at age three (date approximate)
After parents' separated, moved to Texas with mother
Moved to L.A. for health reasons
Became boxer at age 14, won Amateur Lightweight Boxing Championship in California
Professional stage acting debut at age 19
Moved to Mexico, became calvary officer
Became reporter with New York <i>Graphic</i>
Made acting debut with uncredited appearance in "Hell's Heroes"
Moved to Hollywood in the early 1930s, debut as screenwriter with Samuel Goldwyn on projects like 1932's "Law and Order", "Murder in the Rue Morgue" and "A House Divided"
Made contract writer at Warner Bros.
Earned first Academy Award nomination for contributions to script of "Doctor Ehrlich's Magic Bullet"
Co-wrote the biopic "Sergeant York"; shared Academy Award nomination for script
Debut as film director with "The Maltese Falcon"; also scripted; first screen collaboration with Humphrey Bogart; father Walter appeared in small part; received Oscar nomination for screenplay
Became a lieutenant with Signal Corps
Promoted to major
Made several documentaries while in the military including "Report From the Aleutians" (1943) and "Let There Be Light" (1945)
Returned to Hollywood and did uncredited work on the screenplays of "The Killers" and "The Stranger" (both 1946)
Received Oscars as Best Director and for Best Screenply for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; father Walter won Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for same film
Earned dual Oscar nods for writing and directing "The Asphalt Jungle"
Wrote and directed "The African Queen"; garnered two more Academy Award nominations; star Humphrey Bogart received Best Actor Oscar
Garnered yet another Oscar nomination for direction of "Moulin Rouge", the biopic of artist Toulouse-Lautrec
Produced, wrote and directed "Moby Dick", adapted from Herman Melville's classic novel
Earned Academy Award nomination for contributions to script of "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"; also directed
Directed "The Misfits", scripted by Arthur Miller and co-starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift
Guided Clift through the title role of "Freud"
Co-starred in "The Cardinal"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
Helmed the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana", featuring Ava Gardner, Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr
Played Noah and provided the voice of God in "The Bible"; also directed
Produced and directed "Reflections in a Golden Eye"
Directed daughter Anjelica in the lead of the medieval romance "A Walk With Love and Death"; also acted
Acted in the camp classic "Myra Breckinridge"
Directed the superb boxing-themed drama "Fat City"
Delivered memorable turn as the nasty Noah Cross in "Chinatown"
Received 13th Academy Award nomination for script of "The Man Who Would Be King", adapted from a Rudyard Kipling story; also directed
Helmed "Wise Blood", adapted from Flannery O'Connor's novel; also acted the role of Hazel's grandfather
Directed first screen musical, the overproduced boxoffice disappointment "Annie", based on the hit Broadway musical
Realized a long-held dream to film "Under the Volcano" with Albert Finney in the lead
Earned final Oscar nomination for the black comedy "Prizzi's Honor"; daughter Anjelica received the Best Supporting Actress statue for her turn as a Mafia princess
Directed last film, "The Dead"; daughter Anjelica offered memorable performance; son Tony wrote the screenplay based on the James Joyce story
Produced and scripted "Mr. North"; had been set to direct but became too ill; son Danny replaced him at the helm
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