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Also Known As: Died: May 11, 1998
Born: May 26, 1917 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, USA Profession: director, film editor

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A prolific editor and director for film and television, Gene Fowler Jr worked on over 100 movies and television programs. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. The son of a comparably prolific screenwriter, Fowler was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New York City. Before moving to Southern California and enrolling at USC where he studied film editing at 20th Century Fox, Fowler earned third mate's papers at Knights Seamanship School. 1943's "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda was the first feature he edited. That same year, Fowler edited his first Fritz Lang film, the political thriller "Hangmen Also Die". He later worked on other Lang films including 1944's "The Woman in the Window" and the 1956 film noir dramas "While the City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt". Fowler served as part of the U.S. Army Special Services in World War II. During his tenure he created "Seeds of Destiny" a film produced by the U.S. War Department for which he was awarded the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. While much of his work was in the field of editing, Fowler is probably best known for his directing efforts, including the cult films "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957)...

A prolific editor and director for film and television, Gene Fowler Jr worked on over 100 movies and television programs. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. The son of a comparably prolific screenwriter, Fowler was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New York City. Before moving to Southern California and enrolling at USC where he studied film editing at 20th Century Fox, Fowler earned third mate's papers at Knights Seamanship School. 1943's "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda was the first feature he edited. That same year, Fowler edited his first Fritz Lang film, the political thriller "Hangmen Also Die". He later worked on other Lang films including 1944's "The Woman in the Window" and the 1956 film noir dramas "While the City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt". Fowler served as part of the U.S. Army Special Services in World War II. During his tenure he created "Seeds of Destiny" a film produced by the U.S. War Department for which he was awarded the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. While much of his work was in the field of editing, Fowler is probably best known for his directing efforts, including the cult films "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957) and "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"(1958), the former famous for introducing Michael Landon. He also directed and co-wrote the 1959 western "The Oregon Trail". His work as editor of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" earned him an Oscar nomination, and he won a Golden Globe for editing the documentary "Wall of Fire"(1970). Well respected throughout the industry, Fowler acted as president of the American Cinema Editors for two terms, from 1965 to 1966, and was given its Eddie award for outstanding film editing. His television career was also fruitful, earning him four Emmys for editing. Two of his Emmys were awarded for work on the CBS series "Rawhide" and "The Waltons", one was for the 1972 CBS crime drama TV movie "Truman Capote's 'The Glass House'" and one was for his work in the NBC detective drama miniseries "The Blue Knight" starring William Holden. Later in his career Fowler worked as a supervising editor on productions like CBS's 1976 docudrama "Helter Skelter"

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Invisible Strangler (1984) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
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  Runaways, The (1975) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
3.
  Here Come the Jets (1959) Director
4.
  The Oregon Trail (1959) Director
5.
  The Rebel Set (1959) Director
6.
  Gang War (1958) Director
8.
  Showdown at Boot Hill (1958) Director
9.

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1918:
Moved with his family to New York, NY
1943:
Edited his first feature "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda
1943:
Worked as a film editor in the Fritz Lang political thriller "Hangmen Also Die"
1944:
Continued his work with Fritz Lang, editing "The Woman in the Window"
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Served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Special Services during World War II; created the Oscar-winning documentary "Seeds of Destiny" during his tenure
1956:
Reprised his role as film editor for Fritz Lang, working on the film noir dramas "While The City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
1957:
Directed the cult horror film "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" starring Michael Landon
1958:
Directed the cult science fiction film "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"
1959:
Directed and co-wrote the movie western "The Oregon Trail"
1963:
Nominated for an Oscar for editing the classic film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
1965:
Served two terms as president of the American Cinema Editors
1970:
Awarded a Golden Globe for his work in the film documentary "Walls of Fire"
1972:
Won an Emmy for editing the CBS crime drama TV movie "Truman Capote's 'The Glass House'"
1973:
Won an Emmy for editing the NBC detective drama TV miniseries "The Blue Knight" starring William Holden
1976:
Acted as supervising editor for the CBS docudrama miniseries "Helter Skelter"
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Education

USC: Los Angeles , California -
Knights Seamanship School: -

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wife:
Marjorie Fowler. Film editor. Nominated for an Oscar for "Elmer Gantry"; survived him.

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father:
Gene Fowler. Reporter; screenwriter; biographer.
brother:
Will Fowler. Playwright; author; survived him.
son:
Gene Nunnally. Mother Marjorie Fowler.
daughter:
Martha Fowler. Mother Marjorie Fowler.
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