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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 28, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: director, producer, screenwriter

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Jack Gold began working in the British film industry in 1955 and spent part of the next two decades honing his craft producing and directing specials for British television. He made his feature debut with the well-received war drama "The Bofors Gun" (1968) which demonstrated a flair for eliciting strong performances from actors and a command of camera technique. His subsequent features, however, failed to fully capitalize on this auspicious beginning. Nicol Williamson starred in "The Reckoning" (1969), a modest entry in the "angry young man" school of British filmmaking of the 50s and 60s. Gold's "The National Health" (1972), based on Peter Nichols' stage play, was an uneven comedy that betrayed its theatrical origins. "Man Friday" (1975) was an inversion of "Robinson Crusoe" played as a satiric fable about race relations and distorted by Peter O'Toole's miscasting. Gold wrote, directed and produced "The Medusa Touch" (1978), a wild amalgam of thriller and whodunit, an implausible tale of a man with the power to will someone to death (Richard Burton) and his relationship with a psychiatrist (Lee Remick) trying to cure him. By the end of the 80s, he was reduced to handling modest genre fare like the...

Jack Gold began working in the British film industry in 1955 and spent part of the next two decades honing his craft producing and directing specials for British television. He made his feature debut with the well-received war drama "The Bofors Gun" (1968) which demonstrated a flair for eliciting strong performances from actors and a command of camera technique. His subsequent features, however, failed to fully capitalize on this auspicious beginning. Nicol Williamson starred in "The Reckoning" (1969), a modest entry in the "angry young man" school of British filmmaking of the 50s and 60s. Gold's "The National Health" (1972), based on Peter Nichols' stage play, was an uneven comedy that betrayed its theatrical origins. "Man Friday" (1975) was an inversion of "Robinson Crusoe" played as a satiric fable about race relations and distorted by Peter O'Toole's miscasting. Gold wrote, directed and produced "The Medusa Touch" (1978), a wild amalgam of thriller and whodunit, an implausible tale of a man with the power to will someone to death (Richard Burton) and his relationship with a psychiatrist (Lee Remick) trying to cure him. By the end of the 80s, he was reduced to handling modest genre fare like the comedy "The Chain" (1985).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Spring Awakening (1994) Director
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  She Stood Alone (1991) Director
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  Stones For Ibarra (1988) Director
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  Escape From Sobibor (1987) Director
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  Murrow (1986) Director
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  Chain, The (1985) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Package, The (1989) Governor
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 Lost Angels (1989) Judge
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1955:
Began career in British films
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Produced and directed specials for British TV in the 1950s and 1960s
1968:
Garnered acclaim for direction of "The Bofors Guns", starring Nicol Williamson
1972:
Directed "The Gangster Show" for BBC-2, an acclaimed adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui", starring Williamson
1973:
US TV directorial debut, the controversial TV-movie "Catholics", starring Martin Sheen and Trevor Howard
1975:
Helmed the TV-movie "The Naked Civil Servant", a Thames TV biopic of Quentin Crisp, starring John Hurt; won International Emmy Award
1978:
Wrote, directed and produced "The Medusa Touch"
1984:
Helmed the HBO made-for-cable movie "Sakharov"
1986:
Directed the TV-movie biopic "Murrow" (HBO)
1987:
Won Emmy nomination for direction of the based-on-fact TV-movie "Escape from Sobibor" (CBS)
1989:
Last feature to date "Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage"
1994:
Directed the TV adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native" (CBS)
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