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A former jazz pianist who appeared on Broadway and TV before beginning his directing career with series such as "Ben Casey," "I Spy" and "Gunsmoke," Rydell earned critical acclaim for his debut feature, "The Fox" (1968). He also won plaudits for his helming of "Cinderella Liberty" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). "On Golden Pond" (1981), a typical film, in that it displayed its director's fondness for sentiment and nostalgia, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Director. Rydell has subsequently made films only occasionally, some ("The River" 1984) doing fairly well with critics, while others ("Intersection" 1994 and the somewhat overly maligned "For the Boys" 1991) did less well with critics and public alike.
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Film acting debut in "Crime in the Streets"
Worked as TV director in Hollywood, beginning with "Ben Casey"
Directed first feature, "The Fox"
Produced first film, "The Cowboys", which he also directed
Helmed "Cinderella Liberty", co-starring James Caan and Marsha Mason; Mason received a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Played the violent Jewish mob kingpin, Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"
Directed Bette Midler to an Oscar nomination with "The Rose"
Received Academy Award nomination for Best Director for "On Golden Pond"; stars Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn received Oscars as Best Actor and Best Actress
Reteamed with Midler and Caan for "For the Boys"; Midler received her second Oscar nomination as Best Actress
Directed "Intersection", starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone
Helmed the HBO drama "Crime of the Century", about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping
Appeared as Jack Warner in the TNT biopic "James Dean"; also directed
Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"
Helmed "Even Money," a crime film about three strangers who become addicted to gambling, starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, and Ray Liotta