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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Paris, France  (pleurisy)
Birth NameJak Szold
Nickname Jack

Mini Bio (1)

John Berry was born on September 6, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA as Jak Szold. He was a director and writer, known for Mistress of Suspense (1990), Ça va barder (1955) and The Great Chase (1968). He was married to Myriam Boyer and Gladys Cole. He died on November 29, 1999 in Paris, France.

Spouse (2)

Myriam Boyer (1975 - 29 November 1999) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Gladys Cole (1940 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (9)

Was named as a member of the Communist Party by Hollywood 10 member Edward Dmytryk in Dmytryk's 1951 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, when the blacklisted director "named names" to revive his Hollywood career and effect a return from exile in Europe. After Dymytrk's testimony, the formerly disgraced director, who had served a prison term for defying HUAC in 1947, was allowed to resume his Hollywood career and direct movies in America, but Berry was blacklisted and went into exile in France. Ironically, Berry had directed the documentary The Hollywood Ten (1950).
Father of Dennis Berry.
Purposely dubbed Charles Bronson's voice with a very strong American accent for the French track of Farewell, Friend (1968).
Father-in-law of Anna Karina.
Ex-father-in-law of Jean Seberg.
Guilty by Suspicion (1991) writer-director Irwin Winkler based the character of the director being investigated for communist sympathies in McCarthy-period Hollywood on Berry, who had appeared as the nightclub owner Ben in the Winkler-produced film 'Round Midnight (1986).
Mentored by John Houseman and Orson Welles, who helped turn his career from acting towards directing.
The son of a prosperous restaurant owner, he was born in the Bronx and made his stage debut in a vaudeville act at the age of five. The family fortune was lost during the Great Depression and Berry was forced to make ends meet by telling jokes at a resort in the Catskills for $5 a week.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: Diahann Carroll in Claudine (1974).

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