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Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

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Born: January 30, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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1935:
Entered films as office boy at Elstree Studios
1936:
First film as assistant director, "The Mill on the Floss"
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Acted in "Housemaster" (1937) and "Stolen Life" (1939)
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Worked as assistant director on "Pygmalion" (1938) and "French Without Tears" (1939) and unit production manager on "In Which We Serve" (1942)
1942:
Served in the 48th Infantry Division of the Royal Signal Corps
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Assisted Peter Ustinov on "School for Secrets" (1946) and "Vice Versa" (1947)
1949:
Co-directing debut (with Ustinov), "Private Angelo"; also co-scripted with Ustinov (who starred)
1950:
Solo directing debut, "Waterfront Women/Waterfront"
1954:
Directed "Dam Busters", exciting and intelligent film about blowing up German-held dams on the Ruhr River during World War II; starred Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave
1955:
Helmed thought-provoking version of George Orwell's futuristic novel "1984"; cast included Redgrave
1956:
Directed Oscar-winning Best Picture "Around the World in Eighty Days", based on the novel by Jules Verne; nominated for Best Director Oscar
1957:
Moved to Hollywood
1959:
Produced and directed "Shake Hands with the Devil", gripping drama of war-torn Ireland of the 1920s; starred James Cagney and included fine English thesps like Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Sybil Thorndike and Richard Harris
1959:
Directed "The Weck of the Mary Deare", starring Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston; cast also included Redgrave and Harris
1960:
Composed music for "Twelve to the Moon"
1961:
Second film with Cooper, "The Naked Edge"
1965:
Helmed fine "impossible mission" tale of small band of commandos out to destroy Nazi secret missile stronghold during WWII; third and last association with Todd
1966:
Directed "The Quiller Memorandum", spy film starring George Segal as American secret agent investigating neo-Nazis in the 60s; Harold Pinter scripted, adapting from novel "The Berlin Memorandum" by Elleston Trevor
1968:
Helmed "The Shoes of the Fisherman", starring Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier
1972:
Directed Liv Ullmann in the period drama "Pope Joan"
1975:
Helmed the well-acted, if old-fahioned melodrama "Conduct Unbecoming"; starred Michael York
1976:
Ventured into sci-fi for "Logan's Run", winner of a special Oscar for its visual effects; York, son Michael Jr and Ustinov acted in it
1977:
Directed "Orca", starring Harris
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Formed Michael Anderson Productions (MAP) with Adrienne Anderson
1980:
US TV directing debut, NBC miniseries "The Martian Chronicles", based on the Ray Bradbury novel; son Michael Jr had featured role
1986:
Nominated for CableACE Award for his direction of the HBO movie "Sword of Gideon"
1989:
Missed with feature sci-fi effort, "Millenium" and directed "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop", based on a story by Pope John Paul II
1991:
Directed TNT miniseries "Young Catherine", about the early life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
1993:
Helmed TNT movie remake "The Sea Wolf", based on Jack London's novel
1994:
Directed "Rugged Gold" (Family Channel), set amidst the beautiful scenery of New Zealand
1996:
Helmed remake of "Captains Courageous" (Family Channel)
1997:
Returned to Jules Verne territory for CBS movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
1998:
First feature in nine years, "Summer of the Monkeys", a family drama better suited to television than the large screen; released straight-to-video

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