Michael Anderson


Director
Michael Anderson

About

Also Known As
Michael Joseph Anderson
Birth Place
London, UK
Born
January 30, 1920
Died
April 25, 2018
Cause of Death
Heart Disease

Biography

An intelligent and dependable British-born director, Michael Anderson apprenticed under the likes of David Lean, Noel Coward (co-directors of 1942's "In Which We Serve") and Peter Ustinov, with whom he co-directed "Private Angelo" (1949), starring Ustinov in the title role. Anderson made a fine impression at the helm of "The Dam Busters" (1954), the true story of the bombing of the Ruhr ...

Family & Companions

Adrianne Anderson
Wife
Actor, screenwriter. Second wife; appeared in UCLA student films of Francis; Ford Coppola; married in 1977; had daughter from previous marriage.

Biography

An intelligent and dependable British-born director, Michael Anderson apprenticed under the likes of David Lean, Noel Coward (co-directors of 1942's "In Which We Serve") and Peter Ustinov, with whom he co-directed "Private Angelo" (1949), starring Ustinov in the title role. Anderson made a fine impression at the helm of "The Dam Busters" (1954), the true story of the bombing of the Ruhr dams during World War II, then followed with the first film version of "1984" (1955) before his breakthrough work on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956). He produced as well as directed "Shake Hands with the Devil" (1959), a drama set in 1920s Ireland that starred Jimmy Cagney as a medical professor hell-bent on Irish independence. Returning to a World War II setting, Anderson helmed one of his best pictures, "Operation Crossbow" (1965), and followed with "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966, adapted by Harold Pinter), a spy thriller lost amidst the spate of similar 60s films. The well-crafted "Logan's Run" (1976) marked Anderson's first foray into science fiction while "Orca" (1977) proved a disappointing attempt to capitalize on the success of "Jaws" (1975).

Embarking on a career in television, he helmed the miniseries "The Martian Chronicles" (NBC 1980) and received critical acclaim for his direction of the cable movie "Sword of Gideon" (HBO 1986), a fictionalized version of the revenge extracted for the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympics. After the sci-fi feature "Millennium" (1989), Anderson helmed "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop" (1989), based on a play written by Pope John Paul II. The director then concentrated on the small screen, primarily guiding period dramas and literary adaptations like "Catherine the Great" (TNT, 1991), "The Sea Wolf" (TNT, 1993), "Captains Courageous" (The Family Channel, 1996) and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (CBS, 1997). His first feature in nearly a decade was the straight-to-video release "Summer of the Monkeys" (1998) which proved more suited to the small screen. Anderson's final film was the sequel "The New Adventures of Pinocchio" (1999), starring Martin Landau as Geppetto, after which Anderson quietly retired. Michael Anderson died on April 25, 2018 in Vancouver. He was 98.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The New Adventures of Pinocchio (2002)
Director
Summer of the Monkeys (1998)
Director
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997)
Director
The Sea Wolf (1993)
Director
La Boutique de l'orfevre (1989)
Director
Millennium (1989)
Director
Sword of Gideon (1986)
Director
Separate Vacations (1986)
Director
Second Time Lucky (1984)
Director
Bells (1980)
Director
Dominique (1979)
Director
Orca (1976)
Director
Conduct Unbecoming (1975)
Director
Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze (1975)
Director
Logan's Run (1975)
Director
Pope Joan (1972)
Director
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Director
The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
Director
Operation Crossbow (1965)
Director
Flight From Ashiya (1964)
Director
Wild and Wonderful (1964)
Director
The Naked Edge (1961)
Director
All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960)
Director
The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
Director
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Director
Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)
Director
Battle Hell (1957)
Director
1984 (1956)
Director
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Director
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1956)
Director
The Dam Busters (1955)
Director
Will Any Gentleman? (1953)
Director
The House of the Arrow (1953)
Director
Hell Is Sold Out (1951)
Director
Night Was Our Friend (1951)
Director
Waterfront (1950)
Director
Private Angelo (1949)
Director

Producer (Feature Film)

Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)
Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
Apprentice film Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Let's Get Lost (1988)
Other

Cast (Short)

A LOOK INTO THE 23RD CENTURY (1976)
Himself
The Lion Roars Again (1975)
Himself

Director (TV Mini-Series)

Captains Courageous (1996)
Director
Rugged Gold (1994)
Director

Life Events

1935

Entered films as office boy at Elstree Studios

1936

First film as assistant director, "The Mill on the Floss"

1942

Served in the 48th Infantry Division of the Royal Signal Corps

1949

Co-directing debut (with Ustinov), "Private Angelo"; also co-scripted with Ustinov (who starred)

1950

Solo directing debut, "Waterfront Women/Waterfront"

1954

Directed "Dam Busters", exciting and intelligent film about blowing up German-held dams on the Ruhr River during World War II; starred Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave

1955

Helmed thought-provoking version of George Orwell's futuristic novel "1984"; cast included Redgrave

1956

Directed Oscar-winning Best Picture "Around the World in Eighty Days", based on the novel by Jules Verne; nominated for Best Director Oscar

1957

Moved to Hollywood

1959

Directed "The Weck of the Mary Deare", starring Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston; cast also included Redgrave and Harris

1959

Produced and directed "Shake Hands with the Devil", gripping drama of war-torn Ireland of the 1920s; starred James Cagney and included fine English thesps like Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Sybil Thorndike and Richard Harris

1960

Composed music for "Twelve to the Moon"

1961

Second film with Cooper, "The Naked Edge"

1965

Helmed fine "impossible mission" tale of small band of commandos out to destroy Nazi secret missile stronghold during WWII; third and last association with Todd

1966

Directed "The Quiller Memorandum", spy film starring George Segal as American secret agent investigating neo-Nazis in the 60s; Harold Pinter scripted, adapting from novel "The Berlin Memorandum" by Elleston Trevor

1968

Helmed "The Shoes of the Fisherman", starring Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier

1972

Directed Liv Ullmann in the period drama "Pope Joan"

1975

Helmed the well-acted, if old-fahioned melodrama "Conduct Unbecoming"; starred Michael York

1976

Ventured into sci-fi for "Logan's Run", winner of a special Oscar for its visual effects; York, son Michael Jr and Ustinov acted in it

1977

Directed "Orca", starring Harris

1980

US TV directing debut, NBC miniseries "The Martian Chronicles", based on the Ray Bradbury novel; son Michael Jr had featured role

1986

Nominated for CableACE Award for his direction of the HBO movie "Sword of Gideon"

1989

Missed with feature sci-fi effort, "Millenium" and directed "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop", based on a story by Pope John Paul II

1991

Directed TNT miniseries "Young Catherine", about the early life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

1993

Helmed TNT movie remake "The Sea Wolf", based on Jack London's novel

1994

Directed "Rugged Gold" (Family Channel), set amidst the beautiful scenery of New Zealand

1996

Helmed remake of "Captains Courageous" (Family Channel)

1997

Returned to Jules Verne territory for CBS movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1998

First feature in nine years, "Summer of the Monkeys", a family drama better suited to television than the large screen; released straight-to-video

Videos

Movie Clip

Chase A Crooked Shadow (1958) - My Brother's Dead! Officer Vargas (Herbert Lom) on Spain's Costa Brava, taking a call from emotionally fragile South African heiress Kimberley (Anne Baxter), trying to deal with Richard Todd, just arrived, insisting he's her brother, early in Chase A Crooked Shadow, 1958.
Chase A Crooked Shadow (1958) - Our Swimming Drink Grieving heiress Kimberley (Anne Baxter) making a call from her Spanish villa, trying to convince somebody that Richard Todd is posing as her dead brother "Ward," in Chase A Crooked Shadow, 1958.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - You'll Have To Lose The Handlebars Allied agents Henshaw and Curtis (Tom Courtenay, George Peppard) are dropping into occupied Holland having missed news that their identities are blown, so we cut to spy-master John Mills prepping Bradley (Jeremy Kemp) for a rescue, in the WWII espionage thriller Operation Crossbow, 1965.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - The Outcome Of The War Opening, the point being that this is a full-scale Carlo Ponti WWII espionage feature, starring his wife Sophia Loren, and lots of people got their names billed before the title; also Churchill (Patrick Wymark) himself is involved, visited by Richard Johnson as Duncan Sandys (a historical figure, actually Churchill’s son-in-law), from Operation Crossbow, 1965.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - No Bigger Than A Midget Just as the Brits conclude the Nazis may be testing rockets near the Baltic, we join a test pilot (David Hadda) overseen by big German generals (Paul Henreid, Helmut Dantine), Barbara Rutting as the famous German flier Hanna Reitsch, Michael Anderson directing, in Operation Crossbow, 1965.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - I Heard You Speaking English Top-billed Sophia Loren finally appears, at a boarding house in occupied Holland, where she catches undercover Allied agents George Peppard and Tom Courtenay, not knowing that her German engineer husband is dead or that Peppard is impersonating him, his landlady (Lili Palmer) saving the day, in Operation Crossbow, 1965.
Operation Crossbow (1965) - Buried The Roosters Thirty minutes in, we start meeting Allied officers who’ll undertake the WWII spy mission, first Anthony Quayle and Tom Courtenay waiting, then George Peppard as swaggering American (leading man) Curtis, and Jeremy Kemp as the bothered Brit Bradley, in Operation Crossbow, 1965.
Shoes Of The Fisherman, The (1968) -- I Saw The World Colorful Vatican envoy Telemond (Oskar Werner) is escorting Russian archbishop Lakota (Anthony Quinn), freed from Siberia, to Rome, where American reporter Faber (David Janssen), delayed by a girlfriend (Rosemarie Dexter), has been promised an exclusive, in The Shoes Of The Fisherman, 1968.
Shoes Of The Fisherman, The (1968) -- Long Way From The Lubyanka It becomes clear that Archbishop Lakota (Anthony Quinn), just extracted from a Siberian labor camp, and the Soviet premier (Laurence Olivier, his first scene) have a history, early in the Cold War-Vatican intrigue thriller The Shoes Of The Fisherman, 1968.
Shoes Of The Fisherman, The (1968) -- Prisoner Number 103592R Impressive Cold War epic qualities in the opening by director Michael Anderson, Siberia and the work camp where we discover the protagonist Anthony Quinn, who will become the first Russian pope, in The Shoes Of The Fisherman, 1968, from Australian novelist Morris L. West's book.
Around The World In 80 Days (1956) - So Keen About Whist Harrumphing back in London at news that Fogg (David Niven) has rescued and escaped with Indian princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine, delivering her first lines), joining them at sea, in producer Mike Todd's Around The World In 80 Days, 1956.
Around The World In 80 Days (1956) - Gallic Braggadocio First Passepartou (Cantinflas) then Fogg (David Niven) with their French travel agent who of course is Charles Boyer, providing them with a famous mode of transport, early in producer Mike Todd's Around The World In 80 Days, 1956.

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Family

John Lawrence Anderson
Father
Stage actor.
Beatrice Gwendoline Anderson
Mother
Michael Anderson Jr
Son
Actor. Born in 1943.
David Anderson
Son
Peter Anderson
Son
Jan Anderson
Child
Laurie Holden
Step-Daughter
Actor.

Companions

Adrianne Anderson
Wife
Actor, screenwriter. Second wife; appeared in UCLA student films of Francis; Ford Coppola; married in 1977; had daughter from previous marriage.

Bibliography