David Greene


Director

About

Birth Place
England, GB
Died
April 07, 2003
Cause of Death
Pancreatic Cancer

Biography

This Emmy-winning British director, whose work includes landmark '70s miniseries "Roots" and "Rich Man, Poor Man," was born in Manchester, England. He began his showbiz career as an actor, appearing in the Stateside tour of "Antony and Cleopatra" with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1951. After the production's close, he stayed in North America, pursuing work as a helmer in Canada a...

Biography

This Emmy-winning British director, whose work includes landmark '70s miniseries "Roots" and "Rich Man, Poor Man," was born in Manchester, England. He began his showbiz career as an actor, appearing in the Stateside tour of "Antony and Cleopatra" with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1951. After the production's close, he stayed in North America, pursuing work as a helmer in Canada and later the U.S.

He began directing TV episodes of "Playhouse 90" in the 1950s and later worked on such series as "The Twilight Zone" ("A Piano in the House"), "The Defenders," "The Nurse" and "The Saint." In the mid-'60s, he directed his first feature, the deranged-twin-sister-in-the-attic horror film "The Shuttered Room" (1967), with Gig Young and Oliver Reed. He followed up with spy spoof "Sebastian" (1968), with Dirk Bogarde and John Gielgud; gritty cop drama "The Strange Affair" (1968), co-starring Michael York and Susan George; and 1969 slasher pic "I Start Counting," featuring Jenny Agutter. In 1970 he helmed "The People Next Door," about a couple with a drug-addicted daughter. He returned to the bigscreen for the adaptation of legit tuner "Godspell" (1973), which he also co-wrote. After 1975 telepic "The Count of Monte Cristo," Greene directed four segments of eight-parter "Rich Man, Poor Man." (Boris Sagal helmed the other four.) He followed that by directing the first episode of "Roots," the adaptation of Alex Halley's book that ran for eight consecutive nights on ABC in 1977 and was viewed by a record 100 million people. His work brought him one of his several Emmys.

In 1979, Greene would win another Emmy for "Friendly Fire," a drama about parents (Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty) trying to find out about how their son died in Vietnam. He then worked on such fact-based projects as "Fatal Vision" (1984), "The Betty Ford Story" (1987), the Liberace segment of "Behind the Music" in 1998 and "Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story" in 1992. He continued to direct into his mid-70s. At age 82, Greene died on April 7 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Girl Next Door (1998)
Director
Frostfire (1998)
Director
Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II (1997)
Director
Princess in Love (1996)
Director
Beyond Obsession (1994)
Director
Spoils of War (1994)
Director
Honor Thy Mother (1992)
Director
Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992)
Director
Night Of The Hunter (1991)
Director
Whatever Happened To . . .? (1991)
Director
In a Stranger's Hand (1991)
Director
In the Best Interest of the Child (1990)
Director
Red Earth, White Earth (1989)
Director
The Penthouse (1989)
Director
Inherit The Wind (1988)
Director
Liberace: Behind the Music (1988)
Director
The Betty Ford Story (1987)
Director
After the Promise (1987)
Director
Triplecross (1986)
Director
Miles to Go (1986)
Director
Vanishing Act (1986)
Director
This Child Is Mine (1985)
Director
Guilty Conscience (1985)
Director
Circle Of Violence (1985)
Director
The Guardian (1984)
Director
Sweet Revenge (1984)
Director
Ghost Dancing (1983)
Director
Prototype (1983)
Director
Rehearsal For Murder (1982)
Director
Take Your Best Shot (1982)
Director
The Choice (1981)
Director
Hard Country (1981)
Director
A Vacation in Hell (1979)
Director
Friendly Fire (1979)
Director
Lucan (1977)
Director
The Count of Monte Cristo (1975)
Director
Ellery Queen (1975)
Director
Godspell (1973)
Director
Madame Sin (1972)
Director
The People Next Door (1970)
Director
I Start Counting (1969)
Director
The Strange Affair (1968)
Director
The Shuttered Room (1968)
Director
Sebastian (1968)
Director
The People Next Door (1968)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Small Voice (1948)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Survivalist (1991)
Screenplay
Godspell (1973)
Screenplay
Madame Sin (1972)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Survivalist (1991)
Producer
The Penthouse (1989)
Executive Producer
El Sol y la Luna (1987)
Producer
Sudden Death (1985)
Producer
A Marriage (1985)
Producer
Sweet Revenge (1984)
Executive Producer
The Act (1982)
Producer
Hard Country (1981)
Producer
The Choice (1981)
Executive Producer
A Vacation in Hell (1979)
Executive Producer
Lucan (1977)
Producer
I Start Counting (1969)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Robert Reed: Unfinished Business (2001)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Godspell (1973) - Day By Day Springing from a parable, Robin Lamont (as "Robin") leads Victor (Victor Garber, the "Jesus" character) et-al in the top-forty hit from the hippie-Christian musical Godspell, 1973.
Godspell - Save The People Starting in the fountain with David Haskell ("The Baptist"), Victor Garber (as "Victor" and "Jesus") leads the cast in an upbeat hippie number in the film version of the Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak musical Godspell, 1973.
Godspell - My Name Is Known Not much music but scripture, and David Haskell (in the "John The Baptist" role) is seen first, as the people gather amid Manhattan scenery, opening Godspell, 1973, from the musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak.
Shuttered Room, The - Zebulon Whateley Mike (Gig Young) meets Zebulon Whateley (William Devlin) and Tait (Bernard Kay) while Ethan (Oliver Reed) gets aquainted with Mike's wife Susannah (Carol Lynley) in The Shuttered Room, 1966.
Shuttered Room, The - The Whateley Curse Susannah (Carol Lynley) and husband Mike (Gig Young) meet strong-willed Aunt Agatha (Flora Robson) and hear of the family curse haunting a New England island in The Shuttered Room, 1968.
Shuttered Room, The - Is This What You Want? Susannah (Carol Lynley) defies her lustful cousin Ethan (Oliver Reed) who has pursued her into the cursed old family mill in The Shuttered Room, 1968, from a story by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth.
Shuttered Room, The - Goodnight Susie Young Susannah (Anita Anderson) says her prayers only to be terrified along with her mother and father by a strange presence in the prologue to The Shuttered Room, 1966.
Shuttered Room, The - Aunt Agatha Ethan (Oliver Reed) learns that visitors to the island plan to open up the old mill and rushes to tell Aunt Agatha (Flora Robson) in The Shuttered Room, 1968, from a novel by H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth.

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