Mark Rydell


Director

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
March 23, 1934

Biography

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 f...

Family & Companions

Joanne Linville
Wife
Actor.
Esther Rydell
Wife

Biography

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.

Life Events

1956

Film acting debut in "Crime in the Streets"

1963

Worked as TV director in Hollywood, beginning with "Ben Casey"

1968

Directed first feature, "The Fox"

1971

Produced first film, "The Cowboys", which he also directed

1973

Helmed "Cinderella Liberty", co-starring James Caan and Marsha Mason; Mason received a Best Actress Oscar nomination

1973

Played the violent Jewish mob kingpin, Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"

1979

Directed Bette Midler to an Oscar nomination with "The Rose"

1981

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

1991

Reteamed with Midler and Caan for "For the Boys"; Midler received her second Oscar nomination as Best Actress

1994

Directed "Intersection", starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone

1996

Helmed the HBO drama "Crime of the Century", about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping

2001

Appeared as Jack Warner in the TNT biopic "James Dean"; also directed

2002

Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"

2007

Helmed "Even Money," a crime film about three strangers who become addicted to gambling, starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, and Ray Liotta

Videos

Movie Clip

Cinderella Liberty (1973) - The Ship Is Under Way After opening with his ship arriving in Seattle, Navy Boatswain Dobbs (James Caan), having just learned he’ll have to stay behind for a medical test, wishes his mates farewell and learns (from nurse Diane Schenker) that he has liberty until midnight, thus the title, cueing the credits, in Mark Rydell’s film from Darryl Ponsican’s novel and screenplay, Cinderella Liberty, 1973, also starring Marsha Mason.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - I Get Favors From Sailors After a quick liaison in her Seattle apartment, sailor Dobbs (James Caan) and cordial hooker Maggie, who owed him after losing at pool, conversing, and parting before he’s due back at the ship, meeting her supposedly sleeping son (Kirk Calloway), early in Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - I Was Too Much Man For Her Still stuck in Seattle, pulling Shore Patrol duty while waiting out a medical matter, sailor Dobbs (James Caan) shows up with a Navy birthday cake he rescued, at the home of Doug (Kirk Calloway), son of his hooker friend, who winds up going out with him and chatty partner Alcott (Bruno Kirby), in Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - What Are You Willie Mosconi? With time to kill before his official “liberty” expires, Navy sailor Dobbs (James Caan) in a Seattle barroom meets Marsha Mason, unusually skimpily attired, as working-girl Maggie, shooting pool, her first scene, in director Mark Rydell’s Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Cowboys, The (1972) - Everybody Lit Out John Wayne as 1870’s Montana rancher Wil Andersen, hard at work in director Mark Rydell’s opening, visited by erstwhile cowhands (Matt Clark as Smiley, with Jerry Gatlin and Walter Scott), not up for a cattle drive, then conferring with his wife (Sara Cunningham), in The Cowboys, 1972.
Cowboys, The (1972) - I Don't Go To School 1870’s Montana, rancher Andersen (John Wayne) is trying out schoolboys for his cattle drive, (Alfred Barker Jr. as Fats, Stephen Hudis as Schwartz) when A Martinez, as Cimarron, shows up, with an impressive ride, and a fracas with Slim (Robert Carradine), in director Mark Rydell’s The Cowboys, 1972.
Cowboys, The (1972) - Hirin' Schoolboys Montana rancher Andersen (John Wayne) and pal Anse (Slim Pickens) looking to staff a cattle drive, with most men away chasing a gold rush, so they visit the school, (taught by Allyn Ann McLerie), Robert Carradine and Mike Pyeatt the featured students, in The Cowboys, 1972.
Cowboys, The (1972) - You're A Hard Man Rancher Andersen (John Wayne) is busy training his schoolboy recruits for a cattle drive when they meet Watts (Bruce Dern, a.k.a. Long Hair) and pals (Dick Farnsworth, Wallace Brooks), whose friendly inquiry turns somewhat ugly, in director Mark Rydell’s The Cowboys, 1972.
Crime In The Streets - Rumble Cracking opening sequence from director Don Siegel, introducing John Casavettes, Mark Rydell, Sal Mineo and others, from the teen-crime drama Crime In The Streets, 1956, starring James Whitmore.
Crime In The Streets - So You Can Vote Gang breaks up for the evening, leaving social worker Ben (James Whitmore) chatting with leader Frankie (John Casavettes) and sidekick Lou (Mark Rydell), then Frankie's mother (Virginia Gregg), in Don Siegel's Crime In The Streets, 1956.
Reivers, The - Yellow Winton Flyer Steve McQueen (as "Boon") is awakened and Burgess Meredith narrates in the voice of William Faulkner from his valedictory novel, early in Mark Rydell's film The Reivers, 1971.
Reivers, The - Hope Chest In A Cat House Boon (Steve McQueen) brings Lucius (Mitch Vogel) into the brothel run by Miss Reba (Ruth White) then teases his favorite, Corrie (Sharon Farrell), in The Reivers, 1971, from the William Faulkner novel.

Trailer

Family

Christopher Rydell
Son
Born c. 1963; played Bette Midler's son in Rydell's "For the Boys" (1991).
Amy Rydell
Daughter

Companions

Joanne Linville
Wife
Actor.
Esther Rydell
Wife

Bibliography