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Also Known As: Died: July 1, 1999
Born: September 4, 1908 Cause of Death: heart and kidney failure
Birth Place: Grand Forks, British Columbia, CA Profession: Director ...
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Born in Canada
1913:
Moved to California after mother's death (date approximate)
1923:
Left home at age 14; supported himself as messenger and office boy at Famous Players-Lasky studios (date approximate)
1925:
Became part-time projectionist (date approximate)
1927:
Worked at Paramount Studios as projectionist
1929:
Began working as a film cutter on Spanish-language versions of Paramount films
1930:
First film as editor, "Only Saps Work"
1935:
Film directing debut, "The Hawk"
1939:
Began to direct regularly for Paramount
1940:
Moved to Columbia
1942:
Moved to RKO
1943:
Signed seven-year contract with RKO; directed first "A"-budget film, "Tender Comrade"
1944:
Breakthrough film, "Murder, My Sweet"; also marked first collaboration with producer Adrian Scott and screenwriter John Paxton
1947:
Fired from RKO when Dmytryk was named before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC); Dmytryk was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify and became one of the blacklisted "Hollywood Ten"
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Moved to England
1949:
Began directing films in UK
1950:
Returned to US to renew his passport; jailed for contempt of Congress; served six months
1951:
Testified before HUAC in April and "named names"
1952:
Signed by producer Stanley Kramer to a four-picture contract
1952:
Directed first US films in five years, "The Sniper" and "Mutiny", the latter also his first film in color
1956:
First producing credit, "The Mountain", which he also directed
1966:
Last US film for ten years, "Alvarez Kelly"; over the following decade made a handful of films in Great Britain and Italy
1976:
Directed last feature, "He Is My Brother"
1976:
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the feature documentary, "Hollywood on Trial"
1979:
Published autobiography "It's a Hell of a Life But Not a Bad Living"
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Taught film at the University of Texas
1986:
Last feature film appearance, "50 Years of Action!", a salute to the Directors Guild of America

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