Sam Peckinpah


Director, Screenwriter
Sam Peckinpah

About

Also Known As
David Samuel Peckinpah, David S. Peckinpah, David Peckinpah
Birth Place
Fresno, California, USA
Born
February 21, 1925
Died
December 28, 1984
Cause of Death
Series Of Heart Attacks

Biography

A paradox who both cultivated and disdained his own legend as one of Hollywood's most notoriously difficult directors, Sam Peckinpah evoked varied responses to his often violent films that typically existed on a skewed moral plane between eras and cultures, with ambiguous quests for identity and redemption undertaken by hopelessly lost outcasts and enemies. Sometimes Peckinpah's search f...

Photos & Videos

Ride the High Country - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Ride the High Country - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Marie Selland
Wife
Married 1947, divorced 1961; met at Fresno State College.
Begonia Palacios
Wife
Actor. Mexican; married 1964, divorced, re-married, re-divorced three times; had a small role in "Major Dundee" (1965); died of liver failure on March 1, 2000 at age 58.
Joie Gould
Wife
Married 1972, divorced; third wife.

Bibliography

"Peckinpah: The Western Films--A Reconsideration"
Paul Seydor, University of Illinois Press (1997)
"Bloody Sam"
Marshall Fine, Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1991)
"Crucified Heroes: The Films of Sam Peckinpah"
Terence Butler (1979)
"Peckinpah"
Garner Simmons

Notes

At his memorial service in 1985, an actor told the crowd, "You can tell this is a Peckinpah production. We got started late and nobody knows what's happening." --quoted in VANITY FAIR, December 1991

Biography

A paradox who both cultivated and disdained his own legend as one of Hollywood's most notoriously difficult directors, Sam Peckinpah evoked varied responses to his often violent films that typically existed on a skewed moral plane between eras and cultures, with ambiguous quests for identity and redemption undertaken by hopelessly lost outcasts and enemies. Sometimes Peckinpah's search for meaning in film was a reflection of his own tattered life, which was cut short after years of serious alcohol and later drug abuse, leading to numerous quarrels with stars and studio executives that left him ostracized from the industry more than once. After receiving his start on television, Peckinpah made a powerful statement with only his second film, "Ride the High Country" (1962), a revisionist Western that presaged the greatness that came later in the decade. But he had a disaster on his hands with his next film, "Major Dundee" (1965), which was plagued by his increased onset drinking and a penchant for verbally abusing his cast. Practically banished from Hollywood, Peckinpah emerged triumphant with "The Wild Bunch" (1969), a classic revisionist Western that marked the true high point of his creative powers. From there, the director seemed to court controversy with every move, whether it was from the gruesome violence of "Straw Dogs" (1971) to the onset fights with Steve McQueen on "The Getaway" (1972) to the abstract minimalism of the confusing "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). All throughout the decade, Peckinpah's health rapidly deteriorated brought on by serious alcohol abuse and later a cocaine addiction that flared up with "The Killer Elite" (1975). His final movies, "Cross of Iron" (1976), "Convoy" (1978) and "The Osterman Weekend" (1983) showed few flashes of the genius on display in the 1960s. Still, Peckinpah had already established his reputation as a great filmmaker able to elicit strong emotional responses with his kinetic and often operatic imagery, no matter how hard he tried to destroy it behind the scenes.

Born on Feb. 28, 1984 in Inglewood, CA, Peckinpah was raised by his father, David, a former ranch cowboy who became a lawyer and founded the Fresno Humane Society before becoming a Superior Court Judge, and his mother, Fern. He spent a great deal of his youth on a ranch owned by his maternal grandfather, Denver Church, the former district attorney for Fresno who served in the House of Representatives before also becoming a Superior Court Judge. On the ranch, Peckinpah learned how to be a cowboy, shooting rifles and roping cattle instead of regularly going to school like other kids his age. He attended Fresno High School for three years, where he was a member of the junior varsity football team, only to have his parents transfer him to San Rafael Military Academy for his senior year after proving to be a discipline problem. In 1943, at the height of World War II, Peckinpah joined the United States Marine Corps and two years later was sent to China, where he participated in the disarming and repatriating of Japanese soldiers. Back in the States, he studied history at California State University in Fresno, only to switch majors to drama after meeting his eventual first wife, Marie Selland, who introduced Peckinpah to the theater department.

With undergraduate degree in hand, Peckinpah continued his studies at the University of Southern California, where he adapted Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" for his senior thesis and earned a master's degree in performing arts in 1950. From there, he was a director-in-residence at the Huntington Park Civic Theatre for two seasons, before joining KLAC-TV in Los Angeles as a stagehand, where he developed an early reputation for being combative and was eventually fired after a quarrel with a studio executive. During his tumultuous time at the station, Peckinpah made several short films, which helped him land a job as an assistant editor for CBS. In 1954, he became the assistant to director Don Siegel and worked on a number of his movies, including "Riot in Cell Block 11" (1954), "An Annapolis Story" (1955) and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956), some of which earned him the credit of dialogue director. Thanks to Siegel's recommendation, Peckinpah segued into television, selling scripts to popular Westerns like "Gunsmoke" (CBS, 1955-1975), "Have Gun - Will Travel" (CBS, 1957-1963) and "Broken Arrow" (ABC, 1956-58). He next adapted the novel The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones for Marlon Brando to star, which eventually became "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961), the actor's only directing effort after other writers had completely reworked the script.

Peckinpah made his directing debut on the small screen, directing the episode "The Knife Fighter" on "Broken Arrow." Meanwhile, a script he wrote for "Gunsmoke" was rejected due to content, leading him to rework it into "The Sharpshooter," which sold to Four Star Productions and was used as the pilot for the popular Western series "The Rifleman" (ABC, 1958-1963), starring Chuck Connors. He went on to create, produce and direct "The Westerner" (NBC, 1960), a critically acclaimed series starring Brian Keith that failed to capture an audience and was canceled after only 13 episodes. The following year, Peckinpah made his feature debut as a director with "The Deadly Companions" (1961), a Western about a gunslinger (Brian Keith) who shoots the son of a dance hall hostess (Maureen O'Hara) and accompanies her on a harrowing journey to bury him. With only his second film, the revisionist Western "Ride the High Country" (1962), Peckinpah reached a level of creative greatness that prompted some to call him a worthy successor to John Ford. The tale told of two ex-lawman and friends - one scrupulous but on the verge of poverty (Joel McCrea), the other of lesser morals (Randolph Scott) - who are reduced to guarding a shipment of gold, only to fall into conflict when the latter plans to steal it with a younger hired gun (Ronald Starr). Though not an immediate success upon release, "Ride the High Country" grew in stature over the years and earned its places as one of Peckinpah's finest films.

Peckinpah ran into his first bit of trouble on the set of his third film, "Major Dundee" (1965), which starred Charlton Heston as an obsessed army officer who leads a motley crew of soldiers into Indian territory on a perilous journey of revenge. Most of the trouble derived from the director himself, who drank heavily throughout the shoot and often showed up to set under the influence. Peckinpah was abusive toward his staff and even angered the typically even-keeled Heston, who allegedly threatened to drive the director through with his cavalry sword if he failed to stop. He also fired numerous members of the crew, often for frivolous infractions, while his wayward behavior drove the production 15 days over schedule. Eventually, the studio took control of the editing process and forced the director out. Upon its release, "Major Dundee" was a critical and box office failure, and tarnished Peckinpah's reputation. He sought to revive his standing in Hollywood with "Noon Wine" (1966), a little known adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel that he wrote for the small screen. Starring Jason Robards and Olivia de Havilland, the one-hour film was presented on the umbrella series "ABC Stage 67" (1966-67) and displayed Peckinpah's previously untapped talent with more intimate dramatic material.

Because of the critical and artistic success of "Noon Wine," Peckinpah was able to launch a comeback that saw him direct one of the best Westerns ever made and garner widespread international acclaim. With "The Wild Bunch" (1969), he explored the idea of aging outlaws unable to adapt to a rapidly encroaching modern world. Starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Ryan, "The Wild Bunch" followed the outlaw gang as they make one last score and flee across to the border to Mexico with bounty hunters on their heels, leaving behind a trail of bloody mayhem. The unrelenting violence in the film was virtually unseen before in a mainstream Hollywood movie and received a heap of criticism despite the film itself being a hit with audiences. Said violence culminated in a final shootout scene that featured what became Peckinpah staples: gunshot wounds exploding blood in slow motion amidst a hail of bullets and flying bodies; an iconic scene that was virtuosic in its opera of violence and gore. Long considered Peckinpah's masterpiece, "The Wild Bunch" marked a creative and critical highpoint that he unfortunately failed to reach again.

To follow up the "Wild Bunch," Peckinpah made what he often considered to be his favorite film, "The Battle of Cable Hogue" (1970), an uncharacteristically non-violent Western comedy about a man left to die in the desert (Jason Robards), who stumbles across a lifesaving puddle of water and opens a successful shop that provides weary travelers with much needed supplies. He went back to exploring themes of violence with the controversial "Straw Dogs" (1971), which followed a timid American mathematician (Dustin Hoffman) who moves to Cornwall with his British wife (Susan George), only to incur the wrath of the local men which unleashes the American's long-dormant violence. The film gained notoriety for its unrelenting violence, particularly a rape scene that led to continued censorship decades after the film was released. Concerned about being pegged as nothing more than a director of violent movies, Peckinpah next helmed "Junior Bonner" (1972), a quiet character study about a former rodeo cowboy (Steve McQueen) who returns home to Arizona, only to find his once solid family in complete disarray. Peckinpah reteamed with McQueen on "The Getaway" (1972), a gritty crime thriller about a criminal husband and wife (McQueen and Ali McGraw), who go on the run after being double-crossed by a scheming politician (Ben Johnson) after a Texas bank heist. Despite some heated drunken arguments with McQueen and the sudden discovery that the star had final cut, which angered him immensely, Peckinpah directed a much-needed hit that went on to become the second highest grossing movie of that year.

Following "The Getaway," Peckinpah entered into the most difficult part of his life and career, which was plagued by increased alcohol consumption and rapidly declining health. He explored the mythology of the Old West with the lyrical, haunting "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), a minimalist Western that confounded many critics upon release, but which steadily gained stature throughout the years until it was fondly looked upon as one of the best films of the genre. Starring James Coburn as Pat Garrett, Kris Kristofferson as Billy the Kid and Bob Dylan - who also composed the score - as an enigmatic drifter, the film's poor initial reception soured Peckinpah's outlook and naturally increased his descent into alcoholism. He followed up with the darkly comic thriller "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" (1974), which starred Warren Oates as a bartender forced by two hit men (Robert Webber and Gig Young) to bring the head of a deceased man who impregnated the daughter of a wealthy Mexican (Emilio Fernandez). A box office failure, the graphically violent thriller was savaged by critics, only to again rise again decades later as an overlooked Peckinpah masterpiece.

From there, Peckinpah's career hit an interminable slide beginning with "The Killer Elite" (1975), a grade-B CIA thriller starring James Caan and Robert Duvall that lacked the depth and inspiration of hits like "The Wild Bunch" and "The Getaway." The film also marked his introduction to cocaine via James Caan, which only served to further complicate his already destructive lifestyle. With "Cross of Iron" (1976), his only war film, Peckinpah managed to create gripping action sequences, but once again his onset drinking contributed to an overall lack of narrative focus that was once proudly displayed in his finest work. With an all-star cast consisting of James Coburn, Maximilian Shell and James Mason, "Cross of Iron" was a last attempt by a fading director to recapture past glory. In desperate need of a hit, the alcoholic and drug-addicted Peckinpah directed Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw in "Convoy" (1978), a road movie that managed to capitalize on the CB radio craze of the time to become one of his highest grossing films despite his reputation lying in tatters over his rampant substance abuse. It was five years until he directed his next and ultimately last film, "The Osterman Weekend" (1983), a convoluted Cold War thriller starring Rutger Hauer that managed to fare decently enough at the box office despite being drubbed by critics. Two months before he died, Peckinpah embarked on his final directing efforts, helming the music videos for Julian Lennon's "Valotte" (1984) and "Too Late for Goodbyes" (1984). An increasingly frail Peckinpah finally succumbed to his destructive lifestyle on Dec. 28, 1984 and died from heart failure. He was 59, and left behind a legacy that at once was both extraordinary and deeply disappointing, but served as an influence for a later generation of filmmakers that included Michael Mann, Walter Hill and Quentin Tarantino.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Director
Convoy (1978)
Director
Cross Of Iron (1977)
Director
The Killer Elite (1975)
Director
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Director
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Director
Junior Bonner (1972)
Director
Straw Dogs (1972)
Director
The Getaway (1972)
Director
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Director
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Director
Major Dundee (1965)
Director
Ride the High Country (1962)
Director
The Deadly Companions (1961)
Director
Seven Angry Men (1955)
Dialogue Director
Private Hell 36 (1954)
Dialogue Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
Himself
The Visitor (1979)
Sam
China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)
Last of the Bad Men (1957)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Charlie Buckholtz, gas meter reader
Dial Red O (1955)
Cook
An Annapolis Story (1955)
Pilot in added scenes
Wichita (1955)
Teller

Writer (Feature Film)

Straw Dogs (2011)
Source Material
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
From Story
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Screenplay
Straw Dogs (1972)
Screenwriter
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Screenwriter
Villa Rides (1968)
Screenwriter
Major Dundee (1965)
Screenwriter
The Glory Guys (1965)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Producer
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Song

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Crime in the Streets (1956)
Dial coach
Dial Red O (1955)
Dial Supervisor
An Annapolis Story (1955)
Dial Supervisor
At Gunpoint (1955)
Dial Director
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Production Assistant

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Hollywood Mavericks (1990)
Other

Writer (Special)

The Sharpshooter (1958)
Writer

Special Thanks (Special)

The Sharpshooter (1958)
Writer

Articles

Directed By Sam Peckinpah - Fridays in June


Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), the iconoclastic director who changed the way we look at Westerns and crime dramas, is celebrated with four of his classics and the TCM premiere of a recent documentary about the filmmaker.

Peckinpah was born in Fresno, CA, and served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before enrolling at Fresno State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Drama. He later earned his master's degree in drama at the University of Southern California. He began in films as a dialogue coach in the 1950s and, after a prolific career as a scriptwriter for TV shows, directed his first movie in 1961, a Western called The Deadly Companions. His second film, Ride the High Country (1962) starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, was an early indication that he was a master handler of the genre.

By the mid-1960s Peckinpah had earned a reputation as a hard-drinking, difficult taskmaster, and his opportunities as a filmmaker were spotty. However, the spectacular success of the brutal, revisionist Western The Wild Bunch (1969) revived his career. This story of a gang of aging outlaws making a last stand was co-written by Walon Green and Peckinpah, who directs with violent flourishes that were revolutionary in their day. Stars include William Holden, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine.

The Getaway (1972) marked a reunion for Peckinpah and star Steve McQueen, who had played a rodeo rider in the director's Junior Bonner (also 1972). In The Getaway, McQueen stars with Ali MacGraw as a married couple on the lam after robbing a bank. In Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Garrett (James Coburn) is hired as a lawman to track down his old buddy Billy (Kris Kristofferson). Peckinpah directs an eclectic cast that includes Bob Dylan, Jason Robards, Barry Sullivan and Chill Wills.

Peckinpah Suite (TCM premiere, 2019), is a TCM Spain original documentary written and directed by Pedro González Bermúdez. It looks at the life and career of the celebrated director from the viewpoint of his daughter, Lupita Peckinpah. Thirty-five years after her father's death, she travels for the first time to his last home in Livingston, Montana, to search for clues about his life and work.

 Directed By Sam Peckinpah - Fridays In June

Directed By Sam Peckinpah - Fridays in June

Sam Peckinpah (1925-1984), the iconoclastic director who changed the way we look at Westerns and crime dramas, is celebrated with four of his classics and the TCM premiere of a recent documentary about the filmmaker.Peckinpah was born in Fresno, CA, and served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before enrolling at Fresno State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Drama. He later earned his master's degree in drama at the University of Southern California. He began in films as a dialogue coach in the 1950s and, after a prolific career as a scriptwriter for TV shows, directed his first movie in 1961, a Western called The Deadly Companions. His second film, Ride the High Country (1962) starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott, was an early indication that he was a master handler of the genre.By the mid-1960s Peckinpah had earned a reputation as a hard-drinking, difficult taskmaster, and his opportunities as a filmmaker were spotty. However, the spectacular success of the brutal, revisionist Western The Wild Bunch (1969) revived his career. This story of a gang of aging outlaws making a last stand was co-written by Walon Green and Peckinpah, who directs with violent flourishes that were revolutionary in their day. Stars include William Holden, Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine.The Getaway (1972) marked a reunion for Peckinpah and star Steve McQueen, who had played a rodeo rider in the director's Junior Bonner (also 1972). In The Getaway, McQueen stars with Ali MacGraw as a married couple on the lam after robbing a bank. In Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973), Garrett (James Coburn) is hired as a lawman to track down his old buddy Billy (Kris Kristofferson). Peckinpah directs an eclectic cast that includes Bob Dylan, Jason Robards, Barry Sullivan and Chill Wills.Peckinpah Suite (TCM premiere, 2019), is a TCM Spain original documentary written and directed by Pedro González Bermúdez. It looks at the life and career of the celebrated director from the viewpoint of his daughter, Lupita Peckinpah. Thirty-five years after her father's death, she travels for the first time to his last home in Livingston, Montana, to search for clues about his life and work.

Life Events

1943

Enlisted in the Marines; sent to China in 1945 and began studies of Zen

1950

Began career as director-producer in residence at the Huntington Park Civic Theatre for a year and a half

1953

Hired by CBS as an assistant editor on basis of short films he had made on his own time at KLAC

1954

First job in the film industry; hired by Walter Wanger as third assistant casting director (gopher) at Allied Artists; first assignment on Don Siegal's "Riot in Cell Block 11" (date approximate)0

1957

Sold first original feature script, ("The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones" (later in altered form it was filmed by Marlon Brando as "One-Eyed Jacks")

1958

Directed first TV episode, "The Knife Fighter" on series "Broken Arrow"

1958

Reworked an original script rejected by "Gunsmoke"; sold to Dick Powelll at Four Star Productions as "The Sharpshooter" (1958) which served as pilot for series, "The Rifleman" (also directed four episodes)

1958

Debut as TV producer on NBC series, "The Westerner" (also directed five episodes and co-wrote four)

1961

Directed first feature film, "The Deadly Companions"

1963

Joined Walt Disney Productions as writer-director; left after disagreement with producer (date approximate)

1967

Taught writing and directing at UCLA

1983

Directed final film, "The Osterman Weekend"

Photo Collections

Ride the High Country - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Ride the High Country (1962), starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea.
Ride the High Country - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Ride the High Country (1962), starring Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Shall We Gather At The River Part of Sam Peckinpah's preposterous opening, in which the prayer meeting enters the incipient shootout, Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) abuses hostages, and rivals Thornton (Robert Ryan) and Pike (William Holden) miss shots at each other, in The Wild Bunch, 1969.
The Wild Bunch (1969) - You're My Judas Goat After the disastrous failed bank-heist ambush, bounty broker Harrigan (Albert Dekker), working for the railroad, chews out the goofy crew (Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones as Coffer and C.T.) and threatens to send their angered leader Thornton (Robert Ryan), the former partner of the hunted Pike, back to prison, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Even The Worst Of Us Riding into the home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez), the bunch (William Holden as Pike leads Ernest Borgnine, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates) gets a grim update from Chano Urueta, a leading Mexican director and producer since the 1930’s, as crusty Don Jose, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - He Was After The Girl We’ve just met the grossly corrupt federal general Mapache (Emilio Fernandez) who’s taken over the Mexican home village of Angel (Jaime Sanchez) where Pike, Dutch, Sykes and the gang (William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson, Warren Oates) are hiding when Teresa (Sonia Amelio), his former fianceè appears, sparking more trouble, with Fernando Wagner as the German agent, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid - Billy #1 Billy (Kris Kristofferson) improvises a song (which suggests Australian Geoff Mack's often-recorded 1959 composition "I've Been Everywhere") , having killed his jailers, as ruffian Alias (Bob Dylan, whose soundtrack swells with "Billy #1") observes his departure, in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 1973.
Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Plain And Fancy They After the bank job, still in military disguise, the Gorch's (Warren Oates, Ben Johnson) tangle with Pike (William Holden) and Angel (Jaime Sanchez), and bad news about the loot sends Sykes (Edmond O'Brien) into a rant, in Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, 1969.
Major Dundee (1965) - The Major Ain't No Lawyer Now in Mexico, chasing the Apache and short on supplies, Charlton Heston (title character) with Graham (Jim Hutton) on artillery and scout Sam (James Coburn), enters a village loosely occupied by French imperial troops, where Senta Berger (as Teresa) makes her first appearance, and Tyreen (Richard Harris), head of the consrcripted Confederate troops, takes a different approach, in Sam Peckinpah’s Major Dundee, 1965.
Major Dundee (1965) - Open, I'm A Long Way From Gettysburg Intense tones of racial hatred, subject matter that would have spoken to director and co-writer Sam Peckinpah, narration by Marvin Miller, and an introduction to Charlton Heston, the title character, and James Coburn as his scout, opening the generally-panned Major Dundee, 1965, also starring Richard Harris.
Major Dundee (1965) - It Was A Duel Of Honor Union Major Dundee (Charlton Heston) and the Irish-born Confederate Tyreen (Richard Harris) re-open old wounds and inflict new ones in this early scene from director Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee, 1965.
Wichita (1955) - Pretty Good Sized Man Packed scene after the opening of the railroad, Joel McCrea as visitor Wyatt Earp is making a deposit (Sam Peckinpah his teller!) when railroad chief McCoy (Walter Coy) arrives with wife, daughter, reporter Bat Masterson and the mayor (Mae Clarke, Vera Miles, Keith Larsen, Carl Benton Reid), and trouble ensues, George Sherwood the risk-averse sheriff, in Wichta, 1955.
Getaway, The (1972) - He Didn't Make It In the third and fourth shots, the orange VW was driven by James Garner, who was visiting a friend on the shooting location in San Marcos, Texas, a stunt for which director Sam Peckinpah paid Garner $1, as Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw flee the bank heist, dodging their own diversionary explosions, Al Lettieri their fickle partner, in The Getaway, 1972.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) - This Town Has Got No Hat Size James Coburn (1st title character) is looking for Billy and comes to the town where Slim Pickens, we eventually realize, is the downtrodden sheriff, Katy Jurado his wife, and his prisoner roams mostly free, motivation running low, in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, 1973.

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Family

Denver Samuel Church
Grandfather
Lawyer. Maternal; became District Attorney of Fresno County, then Congressman and finally Superior Court judge.
David Samuel Peckinpah
Father
Cowboy, lawyer. Worked on Church ranch in 1914; founded Fresno Humane Society; became Superior Court judge.
Fern Peckinpah
Mother
Denver Peckinpah
Brother
Born in September 1916; became Superior Court judge.
Fern Natalie Peckinpah
Sister
Born in 1931.
Sharon Peckinpah
Daughter
Born in July 1949; mother Marie Selland.
Kristin Peckinpah
Daughter
Born in November 1953; mother Marie Selland.
Matthew Peckinpah
Son
Born in 1962; mother Marie Selland; appeared in several of father's films.
Lupita Peckinpah
Daughter
Mother, Begonia Palacios.
David Peckinpah
Nephew
Producer, screenwriter, director. Born in 1951.

Companions

Marie Selland
Wife
Married 1947, divorced 1961; met at Fresno State College.
Begonia Palacios
Wife
Actor. Mexican; married 1964, divorced, re-married, re-divorced three times; had a small role in "Major Dundee" (1965); died of liver failure on March 1, 2000 at age 58.
Joie Gould
Wife
Married 1972, divorced; third wife.

Bibliography

"Peckinpah: The Western Films--A Reconsideration"
Paul Seydor, University of Illinois Press (1997)
"Bloody Sam"
Marshall Fine, Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1991)
"Crucified Heroes: The Films of Sam Peckinpah"
Terence Butler (1979)
"Peckinpah"
Garner Simmons

Notes

At his memorial service in 1985, an actor told the crowd, "You can tell this is a Peckinpah production. We got started late and nobody knows what's happening." --quoted in VANITY FAIR, December 1991