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Also Known As: Died: July 6, 2002
Born: February 19, 1930 Cause of Death: died from a stroke following spinal surgery
Birth Place: Malba, New York, USA Profession: Director ...
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During his last two summer vacations of college, acted in summer stock at the Highland Playhouse in Falmouth, Massachusetts
1951:
Served in US Air Force; eventually joined its newly formed film squadron
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Short film about a California cattle farm brought him first assignment from the private sector, writing and producing a local TV show, "The Harry Howard Ranch Roundup"; served unofficially as director for drunken title holder
1953:
Arrived in NYC with $150 and talked his way into an assistant director's job at CBS
1954:
TV directing debut, "The Plot Against King Solomon" episode of the CBS series "You Are There"
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After directing additional episodes of "You Are There" and "Danger", moved to CBS' California studios to direct for "Climax!" and "Playhouse 90"
1956:
Feature directorial debut, "The Young Stranger"; had also filmed live TV version ("Deal a Blow") for "Climax!"; preferred that version because he had worked with familiar TV crew
1957:
Helmed "The Comedian" for "Playhouse 90", considered by some the finest live drama from TV's "Golden Age" because of its depiction of the fledgling medium itself; written by Rod Serling and starring Mickey Rooney
1959:
Directed Broadway production, "The Midnight Sun"
1961:
Second feature, "The Young Savages", adapted from a novel by Evan Hunter; first of five films with Burt Lancaster; also first of five films with director of photography Lionel Lindon
1962:
Helmed William Inge's adaptation of James Leo Herlihy's novel "All Fall Down", starring Warren Beatty; first of two films that year with Angela Lansbury
1962:
Replaced Charles Crichton as director of "The Birdman of Alcatraz", starring Lancaster
1962:
Directed and co-produced (with screenwriter George Axelrod) "The Manchurian Candidtae"; second film with Lansbury
1964:
Initial collaboration with producer Edward Lewis, "Seven Days in May", starring Lancaster, Fredric March, Kirk Douglas and Ava Gardner
1965:
Replaced Arthur Penn as director of "The Train", starring Lancaster and Paul Scofield
1966:
After "Seconds" received harsh treatment at Cannes, Paramount panicked and dumped the film; critical esteem for film has grown over the years
1966:
Success of actioner "Grand Prix" restored bankability; international cast included James Garner, French actor Yves Montand and Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune
1968:
First collaboration with screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, "The Fixer", adapted from the Bernard Malamud novel
1968:
Directed campaign commercials for Robert F Kennedy during presidential primary season
1969:
Last film with Lancaster, "The Gypsy Moths"
1971:
Reteamed with Trumbo on "The Horsemen", adapted from the Joesph Kessel novel
1973:
Seventh and last film with Lewis, the highly esteemed "The Iceman Cometh"; also Fredric March's last film
1975:
Helmed the sequel "French Connection II"
1977:
Seized upon the Goodyear Blimp as an instrument of unpredictable menace in action disaster pic "Black Sunday"; feature acting debut as TV Controller
1982:
Reteamed with Mifune for "The Challenge", martial arts movie co-scripted by John Sayles; Steven Seagal worked as a stunt coordinator
1982:
Directed HBO TV-movie remake of "The Rainmaker", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Tuesday Weld
1985:
Second collaboration with screenwriter George Axelrod, "The Holcroft Covenant"
1988:
Career received boost with re-release of "The Manchurian Candidate"
1992:
Returned to TV at helm of "Maniac at Large" episode of HBO's "Tales of the Crypt"
1994:
Began career turnaround with "Against the Wall" (HBO); produced by Axelrod's son Jonathan; received first of four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Directing for a Miniseries or Special
1994:
Produced and directed the HBO biopic "The Burning Season", starring Raul Julia; received second Emmy
1996:
Picked up third Emmy Award for the acclaimed TNT miniseries "Andersonville", set in the notorious Civil War prison camp; also served as an executive producer
1996:
First feature in five years, "The Island of Dr. Moreau"; took over production from fired South African director Richard Stanley, salvaged the film and made it releasable
1997:
Received fourth Emmy for helming the TNT biographical miniseries "George Wallace"; also produced
1998:
Delivered sly action masterpiece, "Ronin", a triumpant feature return; boasted international cast including Robert De Niro, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgard
1999:
Appeared as an Army general in the thriller "The General's Daughter"
2000:
Helmed the thriller "Reindeer Games", starring Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron
2001:
Directed the short "Ambush", one of five featurette advertisments for BMW shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com
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Helmed an as yet untitled prequel to "The Exorcist" (lensed 2002), focusing on Father Merrin's missionary work in Africa

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