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Sidney J. Furie

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Born: February 28, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: Director ...
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Worked as an apprentice in Canadian TV
1957:
Raised $19,000 to make first independent feature, "A Dangerous Age", based largely on his youthful experiences; produced and scripted, as well as helmed
1959:
Created "Hudson's Bay" series for the Canadian Broadcasting Company
1960:
Immigrated to England
1962:
Directed "Wonderful to Be Young/The Young Ones", a musical boasting Herbert Ross as choreographer; opened to business in England second only to the James Bond adventure "Dr. No"
1965:
Helmed another musical, "Swinger's Paradise/Wonderful Life"
1965:
"The Leather Boys", a film mixing homosexuality and motorcycles, garnerd critical acclaim and brought him to the attention of producer (and fellow Canadian) Harry Saltzman
1965:
For Saltzman, directed "The Ipcress File", a spy story starring Michael Caine; its box office success in England and the United States led to his first US directing opportunity; earned British Academy Award as Best Picture
1966:
US directing debut, "The Appaloosa", starring Marlon Brando
1967:
Directed Frank Sinatra in "The Naked Runner"
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Signed a four-picture deal with Paramount
1970:
Helmed and scripted (with Harold Buchman) "The Lawyer", creating the character of Tony Petrocelli played by Barry Newman; Newman would reprise the character in the NBC series "Petrocelli" (1974-1976), with Furie credited as co-creator
1970:
Asked by studio to take over "Little Fauss and Big Halsy", originally scheduled to be directed by its screenwriter Charles Eastman
1972:
Enjoyed commercial success with Billie Holiday biopic, "Lady Sings the Blues"; Diana Ross earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
1973:
Fourth pic of Paramount deal, "Hit", reteamed him with Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams from "Lady Sings the Blues"
1978:
Co-wrote (with Richard Natkin) and helmed "The Boys in Company C", which featured a standout performance by Stan Shaw, whipping green Marine recruits in shape for Vietnam
1983:
Helmed sensational and exploitive "The Entity", based on a true case history of the paranormal
1984:
Reteamed with Natkin to write "Purple Hearts", a Vietnam love story; also produced and directed; first screen collaboration with Ken Wahl
1986:
Initiated the "Iron Eagle" franchise, a pale imitation of "Top Gun"; co-wrote original and "Iron Eagle II" (1988) with Kevin Elders
1987:
Effectively killed the Superman franchise with atrocious "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"
1991:
Authored the story for and helmed "The Taking of Beverly Hills"; reteamed with Ken Wahl
1992:
Last feature to date to receive a theatrical release, "Ladybugs", starring Rodney Dangerfield
1994:
Helmed the pilot for syndicated Canadian-produced series, "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years"
1996:
Took to the air one last time with "Iron Eagle IV", downgraded from feature film to cable movie; aired on HBO
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Directed a string of TV and straight-to-video projects including "Hollow Point" (HBO, 1997), "Married to a Stranger" (The Family Channel, 1998), "Top of the World" (HBO, 1998), "The Collectors" (filmed 1998), "The Rage" (1998), "Cord" (2000), "Tripwire" (filmed 2000)
1998:
Helmed episodes of the syndicated series "V.I.P."

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