OS DIRETORES [USA]by ongmonky-762-975996 | created - 17 Sep 2013 | updated - 19 Sep 2013 | Public
Writer | The Pajama Game
Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...
Director | A Man and His Mate
Entering films as an actor in 1910, John G. Adolfi soon switched careers and became a director. He turned out numerous, mostly low-budget films for minor companies, but every so often got a chance to work at a big studio like Fox. His big break came in the sound era, when he formed a partnership ...
Director | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, ...
8. James Algar
Director | The Living Desert
James Algar studied at Stanford where he developed his skills as a cartoonist by drawing for the university's satirical magazine, The Chaparral. He joined the Disney Organisation in 1934, initially as animator. He directed the classic "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia (1940), as well as ...
9. Irwin Allen
Producer | The Towering Inferno
A graduate of New York's Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award. A successful TV ...
10. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
11. Robert Altman
Director | Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...
12. Robert Alton
Music_department | White Christmas
Robert Alton was a ballet student in New York, and worked his way up to choreographer on many Broadway productions. He started choreographing films in 1936, and directed dance sequences in many of Hollywood's most famous musicals (The Harvey Girls (1946), Easter Parade (1948), Show Boat (1951)). He...
13. Joe Alves
Production_designer | Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Joe Alves was born on May 21, 1936 in San Leandro, California, USA as Joseph Manuel Alves. He is an art director and production designer, known for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Jaws 3-D (1983) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Jerri Lauridsen since April 29, 1990...
14. David Anspaugh
Director | Hoosiers
Best known for the inspirational sports dramas Hoosiers (1986) and Rudy (1993), David Anspaugh has enjoyed a long career as a director and producer of film and television. Born in Decatur, Indiana in 1946 to Lawrence Anspaugh, a portrait photographer, and his wife, Marie, he was a member of his ...
15. Joseph Anthony
Director | The Rainmaker
Joseph Anthony made his Broadway debut in 1937, and in the years following he was the partner of dancer Agnes de Mille, was employed as a set designer on films and dabbled as a film actor. His main interest, however, was the stage, and he became one of Broadway's most accomplished directors. In ...
16. Emile Ardolino
Director | Dirty Dancing
Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA.
19. Jack Arnold
Director | The Incredible Shrinking Man
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere.
20. Newt Arnold
Assistant_director | The Godfather: Part II
Newt Arnold was born on February 22, 1922 in Palo Alto, California, USA. He was an assistant director and actor, known for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Blade Runner (1982) and The Abyss (1989). He was married to Judy Arnold and Peg Yorkin. He died on February 12, 2000 in Encino, California.
21. Dorothy Arzner
Director | Christopher Strong
Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...
22. Hal Ashby
Editor | In the Heat of the Night
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...
23. William Asher
Director | Bewitched
William Asher was born on August 8, 1921 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as William Milton Asher. He was a director and producer, known for Bewitched (1964), Fireball 500 (1966) and Kay O'Brien (1986). He was married to Meredith Coffin, Joyce Bulifant, Elizabeth Montgomery and Danni Sue ...
24. Howard Avedis
Director | Scorchy
Howard holds his Master of Arts in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He was one of the top students in the cinema department, winning the coveted George Cukor Award. Howard is also a graduate of the London School of Film Technique and has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English ...
25. Hy Averback
Director | M*A*S*H
Hy Averback was born on October 21, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He was a director and producer, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Real McCoys (1957) and The Tom Ewell Show (1960). He was married to Dorothy Averback. He died on October 14, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
26. John G. Avildsen
Director | Rocky
John G. Avildsen was born on December 21, 1935 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Guilbert Avildsen. He was a director and editor, known for Rocky (1976), The Karate Kid Part III (1989) and Rocky V (1990). He was married to Tracy Brooks Swope and Marie Olga Maturevich. He died on June 16, 2017 in ...
27. Lemuel Ayers
Director | Ziegfeld Follies
Lemuel Ayers (1915-1955), a New Yorker, studied at Princeton University and the University of Iowa before being chosen, at the age of 29, by Leonard Sillman to design the sets for the 1939 Broadway revivals of "Journey's End" and "They Knew What They Wanted". Major recognition came with his costume...
28. Lloyd Bacon
Director | Wonder Bar
One of the workhorses in Warner Brothers' stable of directors in the 1930s, Lloyd Bacon didn't have a career as loaded with classic films as many of his more famous contemporaries. What few "classics" he had his hand in (42nd Street (1933), Footlight Parade (1933)) are so overshadowed by the ...
29. Max Baer Jr.
Actor | The Beverly Hillbillies
The son of former heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer, Max Baer Jr. is a classic (except probably to him) example of Hollywood typecasting. Known around the world as "Jethro Bodine" in the smash TV series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Baer did not find work as an actor in Hollywood for three ...
30. Charles Bail
Director | Street Corner Justice
Charles Bail had a very long, diverse and impressive show business career that spanned the 1950s to the 1990s and encompasses everything from acting to directing to performing and/or coordinating stunts in numerous motion pictures and television programs.
Bail hails from Pennsylvania. He quit school...
34. Paul Bartel
Actor | Eating Raoul
Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He decided he wanted to direct animated movies when he was 11 and by 13 had spent a summer working at New York's UPA animation studio. He majored in theater arts at UCLA, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome, producing a ...
35. Charles Barton
Director | A Man's World
Charles T. Barton was born in Oakland, CA, on May 25, 1902. His father managed a candy store, and soon moved the family to Los Angeles, where Charles, nicknamed "Charlie", got a job at age 15 acting as an extra in silent movies. He eventually left acting for a job behind the camera as an assistant ...
36. Jules Bass
Producer | The Hobbit
Producer, author, and composer, educated at NYU. Until 1960, he worked at a New York advertising agency, and then co-founded a film production company in New York. He joined ASCAP in 1963 and collaborated musically with Edward Thomas and James Polack. His popular-song works include "Pinocchio," "...
37. Saul Bass
Director | Why Man Creates
Saul Bass was born in New York City in 1920 and is a widely acclaimed graphic designer with a career spanning over 40 years. Among his most famous works are the title sequences for such classic films as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960). Bass used his ...
38. Warren Beatty
Actor | Heaven Can Wait
Since starring in his first film, Splendor in the Grass (1961), Warren Beatty has been said to have demonstrated a greater longevity in movies than any actor of his generation. Few people have taken so many responsibilities for all phases of the production of films as producer, director, writer, ...
39. William Beaudine
Director | The Ape Man
William Beaudine, the director of nearly 350 known films (nearly one for every day of the year; some listings of his work put his output at 500 movies and hundreds of TV episodes) and scores of television episodes, enjoyed a directing career that stretched across seven decades from the 'Teens to ...
40. Harry Beaumont
Director | The Broadway Melody
Born in Abilene, KS, in 1888, Harry Beaumont started his show-business career early--he quit school to become an actor in a traveling stock company, and eventually made his way to the New York stage. In 1912 he began working as a film actor for Edison studios--which was headquartered across the ...
42. Ford Beebe
Director | Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Ford Beebe was born on November 26, 1888 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA as Ford Ingalsbe Beebe. He was a writer and director, known for Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940), The Golden Idol (1954) and Lord of the Jungle (1955). He was married to Kitty Winifred Delevanti and Frances Caroline ...
46. Richard Benjamin
Actor | Westworld
Although his actress wife Paula Prentiss became a star by the early 1960s, it took Richard Benjamin almost fifteen years to establish his screen persona, but the wait was rewarding. After extensive work in theatre as actor and director, and his participation in the cult TV series He & She (1967)...
Director | The Oil Raider
Spencer Gordon Bennet was born on January 5, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for The Oil Raider (1934), The House Without a Key (1926) and Snowed In (1926). He died on October 8, 1987 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
48. Andrew Bennison
Writer | The Sin Sister
Andrew Bennison was born on November 3, 1886 in Oakland, California, USA as Andrew Bailey Bennison. He was a writer and director, known for The Sin Sister (1929), This Sporting Age (1932) and On the Level (1930). He died on January 7, 1942 in Oxnard, California.
52. Busby Berkeley
Director | Gold Diggers of 1935
Busby Berkeley was one of the greatest choreographers of the US movie musical. He started his career in the US Army in 1918, as a lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades. After the World War I cease-fire he was ordered to stage camp shows for the soldiers. Back in the US he ...
55. Kathryn Bigelow
Director | The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...
56. Tony Bill
Director | Flyboys
He graduated in 1962 from the University of Notre Dame with majors in English and Art. Tony began his career in the film industry as an actor. His acting years were distinguished by the quality of the directors who chose him for their films, including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Tony...
58. Noel Black
Director | Skaterdater
Director Noel Black was born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago, Illinois. He has a B.A. and Masters degree in Film from UCLA. His directing "debut" was with Skaterdater (1966), an 18-minute short that used only music and sound effects to advance the plot. Initially winning the Grand Prix and the Golden ...
60. Don Bluth
Director | Anastasia
Don Bluth was one of the chief animators at Disney to come to the mantle after the great one's death. He eventually became the animation director for such films as The Rescuers (1977) and Pete's Dragon (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of animation that Disney was producing at this point was not ...
61. John G. Blystone
Director | The Big Party
John G. Blystone was born on December 2, 1892 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, USA as John Gilman Blystone. He is known for his work on The Big Party (1930), The Lucky Horseshoe (1925) and Our Hospitality (1923). He was married to Gwendolyn Davis. He died on August 6, 1938 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
62. Budd Boetticher
Director | Bullfighter and the Lady
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing.
63. Paul Bogart
Director | CBS Playhouse
Paul Bogart was born on November 13, 1919 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as Paul Bogoff. He was a director and producer, known for CBS Playhouse (1967), All in the Family (1971) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988). He was married to Alma Jane Gitnick. He died on April 15, 2012 in ...
Director | The Last Picture Show
Peter Bogdanovich was conceived in Europe but born in Kingston, New York. He is the son of immigrants fleeing the Nazis, Herma (Robinson) and Borislav Bogdanovich, a painter and pianist. His father was a Serbian Orthodox Christian, and his mother was from a rich Austrian Jewish family. Peter ...
65. Frank Borzage
Director | No Greater Glory
Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...
66. George Bowers
Editor | Money Train
George Bowers was born on July 6, 1944 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as George A. Bowers. He was an editor and director, known for Money Train (1995), From Hell (2001) and Sleeping with the Enemy (1991). He was married to Irene Bowers. He died on August 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California,...
Director | Riders of the Dawn
Robert N. Bradbury was born on March 23, 1886 in Walla Walla, Washington, USA as Ronald Bradbury. He was a director and writer, known for Riders of the Dawn (1937), The Lucky Texan (1934) and Western Justice (1934). He was married to Nola Bradbury. He died on November 24, 1949 in Glendale, ...
68. Marlon Brando
Actor | Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...
69. Valerie Breiman
Actress | She's Having a Baby
Ms Breiman was born in San Francisco in 1964, youngest of five, to an architect father and mother who made children's television shows. When she was nine the parents split and she was brought up by her mother, who introduced her to her love of cinema. Acting and modelling in her teens she enrolled ...
Director | The Black Diamond Express
Former propman Howard Bretherton was one of the legion of unknown directors who made the films--mostly westerns--that generations of kids trudged to see at the Saturday afternoon matinées. Bretherton's long career as an action/western director began in the late 1920s and ended more than 25 years ...
74. James L. Brooks
Writer | Broadcast News
James L. Brooks was born on May 9, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as James Lawrence Brooks. He is a writer and producer, known for Broadcast News (1987), As Good as It Gets (1997) and Terms of Endearment (1983). He was previously married to Holly Holmberg Brooks and Marianne Catherine Morrissey.
75. Mel Brooks
Actor | Spaceballs
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...
76. Richard Brooks
Writer | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Richard Brooks was an Academy Award-winning film writer who also earned six Oscar nominations and achieved success as a film director and producer.
He was born Ruben Sax on May 18, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants. He graduated from West Philadelphia HS...
77. Otto Brower
Director | The Phantom Empire
Otto Brower was born on December 2, 1895 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Phantom Empire (1935), Speed to Burn (1938) and Speed Wings (1934). He was married to Pern Logan. He died on January 25, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA.
78. Clarence Brown
Director | Anna Karenina
Clarence Leon Brown was the son of Larkin Harry and Catherine Ann (Gaw) Brown of Clinton, Massachusetts. His family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1905 and from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in mechanical and electrical ...
80. Tod Browning
Director | Dracula
Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...
81. Clyde Bruckman
Writer | The General
Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in ...
Special_effects | Hatchet
When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first ...
83. Tim Burton
Producer | Edward Scissorhands
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was ...
84. David Butler
Director | You'll Find Out
David Butler was born on December 17, 1894 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a director and actor, known for You'll Find Out (1940), Look for the Silver Lining (1949) and Just Imagine (1930). He was married to Elshie H Schulte. He died on June 14, 1979 in Arcadia, California.
85. Robert Butler
Director | Remington Steele
Robert Butler was born on November 16, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Stanton Butler;. He is known for his work on Remington Steele (1982), Hill Street Blues (1981) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). He has been married to Adrienne Hepburn since August 17, ...
86. Edward Buzzell
Actor | Little Johnny Jones
Edward Buzzell was born in Brooklyn, NY, and became a musical comedy star on Broadway. He went to Hollywood in 1929 to star in the movie version (Little Johnny Jones (1929)) of the old George M. Cohan stage show "Little Johnny Jones" in 1929. He stared also in Vitaphone shorts, where he started his...
87. Christy Cabanne
Director | The Great Secret
Christy Cabanne was, along with Sam Newfield and William Beaudine, one of the most prolific directors in the history of American films.
Cabanne spent several years in the navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although ...
88. Edward L. Cahn
Director | Flesh and the Spur
Edward L. Cahn was an American second-feature director of Polish ancestry. His brother Philip Cahn worked in the industry as editor. Edward worked in films from 1917 as a production assistant. He later joined his brother in the cutting room of Universal, eventually becoming one of the studio's top ...
91. Michael Campus
Director | Survival
Michael Campus was born on March 28, 1935 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Survival (1976), Hiroshima (1995) and Z.P.G. (1972). He was married to Arla Dietz Campus. He died on May 15, 2015 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Transportation_department | Memento
Versatile and underrated B-movie Renaissance man John "Bud" Cardos was born in 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. His family has interesting roots in the entertainment industry: his cousin Spiros Cardos worked at Twentieth Century-Fox and his father and uncle managed the lavish Graumann's Egyptian and ...
94. John Carpenter
Soundtrack | Escape from New York
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...
95. Thomas Carr
Director | Bruce Gentry
Thomas Carr was born on July 4, 1907 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomas Howard Carr. He was a director and actor, known for Bruce Gentry (1949), Brick Bradford (1947) and Superman's Peril (1954). He died on April 23, 1997 in Ventura, California, USA.
97. Steve Carver
Director | Lone Wolf McQuade
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Steve Carver received his first camera when he was eight years old. At 13 he began his formal education in photography, attending the High School of Music & Arts in Manhattan where he received training in art and music. Fascinated by techniques of creating imagery, he ...
98. John Cassavetes
Actor | Love Streams
John Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He is considered a pioneer of American independent film, as he often financed his own films.
Cassavetes was born in New York City in 1929, to Nicholas John Cassavetes and his wife Katherine Demetre (1906-1983). Nicholas was...
99. Nick Castle
Director | The Last Starfighter
Nick Castle was born on September 21, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Nicholas Charles Castle Jr. He is a writer and director, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) and Escape from New York (1981). He has been married to Charlene N Nelson since December 31, ...
100. William Castle
Producer | Homicidal
William Castle was born on April 24, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA as William Schloss. He was a producer and director, known for Homicidal (1961), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Bug (1975). He was married to Ellen. He died on May 31, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA.