Directing Wayne

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1. Jack Conway

Director | Viva Villa!

Born Hugh Ryan Conway of Irish ancestry, Jack Conway was one of a team of MGM contract directors (others included Sam Wood and Robert Z. Leonard), who forsook any pretense to a specific individual style in favor of working within the strictures set forth by studio management--as embodied by Irving ...

Brown of Harvard (1926)

2. King Vidor

Director | Hallelujah

King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed ...

Bardelys the Magnificent (1926)

3. Lewis Seiler

Director | No Man's Gold

Lewis Seiler went to Hollywood in 1919 and worked as a gag man and assistant director before directing a number of two-reel comedies. He was closely associated with Tom Mix Westerns during the 1920s. He spent much of the 1930s at Warner Brothers, turning out some of that studio's grittier gangster ...

The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926) Pittsburgh (1942)

4. John S. Robertson

Director | The Girl of Today

John S. Robertson was born on June 14, 1878 in London, Ontario, Canada as John Stuart Robertson. He was a director and actor, known for The Girl of Today (1918), The Fighting Blade (1923) and The Road to Romance (1927). He was married to Josephine Lovett. He died on November 5, 1964 in Escondido, ...

Annie Laurie (1927)

5. Millard Webb

Director | Glorifying the American Girl

Millard Webb was born on December 6, 1893 in Clay City, Kentucky, USA. He was a director and assistant director, known for Glorifying the American Girl (1929), The Love Thrill (1927) and The Sea Beast (1926). He was married to Mary Eaton and Lydia Stocking. He died on April 21, 1935 in Los Angeles,...

The Drop Kick (1927)

6. John Ford

Director | The Quiet Man

John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...

Mother Machree (1928) Four Sons (1928) Hangman's House (1928) The Black Watch (1929) Salute (1929) Men Without Women (1930) Born Reckless (1930) Stagecoach (1939) The Long Voyage Home (1940) They Were Expendable (1945) Fort Apache (1948) 3 Godfathers (1948) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Rio Grande (1950) The Quiet Man (1952) The Searchers (1956) The Wings of Eagles (1957) The Horse Soldiers (1959) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) How the West Was Won (1962) Donovan's Reef (1963)

7. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

Noah's Ark (1928) Trouble Along the Way (1953) The Comancheros (1961)

8. Benjamin Stoloff

Director | The Lady and the Mob

A UCLA graduate, Ben Stoloff started his career as a comedy short director for Fox Films, and later became a feature director for such western icons as Tom Mix and Buck Jones. He also directed a number of musicals for Fox and was a producer and director of features, mostly "B" pictures, and shorts ...

Speakeasy (1929)

9. James Tinling

Director | Deadline for Murder

Veteran second-feature director of the 1930s and '40s, a former prop boy and stuntman. Worked primarily for 20th Century=Fox, turning out unassuming, lightweight entertainments, including entries in the Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto series.

Words and Music (1929)

10. 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.

Salute (1929)

11. Edward F. Cline

Director | The Boat

Edward "Eddie" Cline began his career in the film business as one of the Keystone Kops. The former vaudevillian appeared sporadically in films as an actor until 1922, but became increasingly active behind the camera as a gagman and scenario writer for Mack Sennett. From 1916 he worked on a steady ...

The Forward Pass (1929)

12. 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.

Born Reckless (1930)

Rough Romance (1930)

14. Sidney Lanfield

Director | Hush Money

After a stint as a jazz musician and a vaudeville entertainer, Sidney Lanfield was hired by Fox Film Corp. in 1926 as a gag writer and brought to Hollywood. Making his debut as a director in 1930, he specialized in romances and light comedies, directing many of Bob Hope's films in the 1930s and ...

Cheer Up and Smile (1930) Three Girls Lost (1931)

15. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

The Big Trail (1930) Dark Command (1940)

16. Seymour Felix

The Great Ziegfeld

Seymour Felix began his showbiz career as a professional dancer in vaudeville at the age of 15. In the 1920s he became a dance director in New York, where he created and staged dance numbers for stage shows like Whoopee, Roaslie, and Hit the Deck. In 1929 he worked briefly in Hollywood (Sunnyside Up...

Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

17. George B. Seitz

Director | Ransom

Former playwright George B. Seitz left the theater for Hollywood in 1913, and before long he was turning out screenplays for action serials such as The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Iron Claw (1916). In addition to writing and sometimes starring in these ...

Arizona (1931)

18. Louis King

Director | The Arm of the Law

Brother of director Henry King

The Deceiver (1931)

19. D. Ross Lederman

Director | Case of the Missing Man

Starting out as an extra in Mack Sennett's Keystone Kops series, D. Ross Lederman worked his way through the ranks of film production, and made his mark as a second-unit director. Becoming a feature director in the late 1920s, he specialized in action films and especially westerns, turning out a ...

The Range Feud (1931) Texas Cyclone (1932) Two-Fisted Law (1932)

20. Edward Sedgwick

Director | The Flaming Frontier

Edward Sedgwick was born on November 7, 1892 in Galveston, Texas, USA as Edward Martin Sedgewick. He was a director and actor, known for The Flaming Frontier (1926), Let 'er Buck (1925) and The Saddle Hawk (1925). He was married to Ebba Havez and Rose L. Elgueta. He died on March 7, 1953 in North ...

Maker of Men (1931)

21. 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 ...

The Shadow of the Eagle (1932)

22. Stephen Roberts

Director | The Ex-Mrs. Bradford

Stephen Roberts was born on November 23, 1895 in Summersville, West Virginia, USA. He was a director and writer, known for The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936), Hanging Fire (1926) and Pink Elephants (1926). He was married to Vee Eva Wolf. He died on July 17, 1936 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...

Lady and Gent (1932)

23. J.P. McGowan

Director | Hills of Missing Men

J.P. McGowan was born on February 24, 1880 in Terowie, South Australia, Australia as John Paterson McGowan. He was a director and actor, known for Hills of Missing Men (1922), The Hurricane Express (1932) and The Lost Express (1917). He was married to Mrs. Kaye Swart Northrop, Helen Holmes and ...

The Hurricane Express (1932)

24. Armand Schaefer

Director | Burn 'Em Up Barnes

According to director Frank McDonald, Schaefer was almost totally deaf; McDonald said, "The only things he heard were what you didn't want him to hear."

The Hurricane Express (1932) The Three Musketeers (1933) Sagebrush Trail (1933)

25. Fred Allen

Writer | The Phantom City

Fred Allen began his career with Mack Sennett as an editor in 1914. He also worked for producers Thomas H. Ince, Harry Joe Brown and Charles Rogers. In the 1930s he was supervisor and sometimes director of Tom Keene's productions for RKO. He also worked for Warner Brothers as both an editor and ...

Ride Him, Cowboy (1932)

26. Roy William Neill

Director | Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

Roy William Neill was born on September 4, 1887 in ship off Ireland as Roland de Gostrie. He was a director and producer, known for Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) and The Scarlet Claw (1944). He was married to Betty MacLaglen. He died on December 14, 1946...

That's My Boy (1932)

27. Tenny Wright

Director | The Telegraph Trail

Tenny Wright was born on November 18, 1885 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Tennant C. Wright. He was an assistant director and director, known for The Telegraph Trail (1933), The Flying Marine (1929) and The Donovan Affair (1929). He was married to Marian. He died on September 13, 1971 in Hollywood, ...

The Big Stampede (1932) The Telegraph Trail (1933)

28. Mack V. Wright

Director | Somewhere in Sonora

Mack V. Wright was born on March 9, 1894 in Princeton, Indiana, USA. He was an assistant director and actor, known for Somewhere in Sonora (1933), Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island (1936) and Comin' 'Round the Mountain (1936). He died on August 14, 1965 in Boulder City, Nevada, USA.

Haunted Gold (1932) Somewhere in Sonora (1933) The Man from Monterey (1933) Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

29. Colbert Clark

Writer | The Three Musketeers

Colbert Clark was born on August 31, 1898 in Galesburg, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1933), The Whispering Shadow (1933) and Fighting with Kit Carson (1933). He was married to Witney, Frances. He died on May 4, 1960 in Coronado, California, USA.

The Three Musketeers (1933)

30. William A. Wellman

Director | A Star Is Born

William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.

A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...

Central Airport (1933) College Coach (1933) Island in the Sky (1953) The High and the Mighty (1954) Blood Alley (1955)

31. Archie Mayo

Director | The Petrified Forest

A stage actor, Archie Mayo went to Hollywood in 1915 and worked until his retirement in 1946. He began directing slapstick two-reelers, later making features at Warner Bros. just about the time sound was being introduced into films. He did much work for Warners, but he also made films at Goldwyn ...

The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)

32. Phil Whitman

Writer | The Mystery Train

Formerly a Secretary of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

His Private Secretary (1933)

33. Alfred E. Green

Director | The Jolson Story

One of the more prolific American directors, Alfred E. Green entered films in 1912 as an actor for the Selig Polyscope Co. He became an assistant to director Colin Campbell and started directing two-reelers, turning to features in 1917. His career lasted into the mid-1950s but his output was mostly...

Baby Face (1933)

34. Robert N. Bradbury

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, ...

Riders of Destiny (1933) The Lucky Texan (1934) West of the Divide (1934) Blue Steel (1934) The Man from Utah (1934) The Star Packer (1934) The Trail Beyond (1934) The Lawless Frontier (1934) Texas Terror (1935) Rainbow Valley (1935) The Dawn Rider (1935) Westward Ho (1935) Lawless Range (1935)

35. Harry L. Fraser

Writer | Batman

Harry L. Fraser was born on March 31, 1889 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Batman (1943), The Tonto Kid (1934) and Wagon Trail (1935). He was married to Audrey Brown, Emma and Janet Findlay. He died on April 8, 1974 in Pomona, California.

Randy Rides Alone (1934) 'Neath the Arizona Skies (1934)

36. Lewis D. Collins

Director | Reformatory

Baltimore-born Lewis D. Collins got his start in show business as a stage and theater director. He moved to Hollywood in the mid-1920s, securing work as a writer and director of two-reelers. Collins was one of the more prolific American directors, up there with Sam Newfield, Lew Landers and William...

The Desert Trail (1935)

Paradise Canyon (1935) The New Frontier (1935)

38. Scott Pembroke

Director | Two Sisters

Scott Pembroke was born on September 13, 1889 in San Francisco, California, USA as Percy Stanley Pembroke. He was a director and actor, known for Two Sisters (1929), The Jazz Cinderella (1930) and Telephone Operator (1937). He was married to Gertrude Short. He died on February 21, 1951 in Pasadena,...

The Oregon Trail (1936)

39. Joseph Kane

Director | Darkest Africa

Joseph Kane's career as a professional cellist ended when he became a film editor in 1926. His directing career started with co-directing serials for Mascot and Republic, and he soon became Republic's top western director. He handled many of John Wayne's Republic westerns of the 1940s, and piloted ...

The Lawless Nineties (1936) King of the Pecos (1936) The Lonely Trail (1936) Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) Dakota (1945)

40. Frank R. Strayer

Director | Gorilla Ship

Frank R. Strayer was born on September 20, 1891 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and assistant director, known for Gorilla Ship (1932), Partners in Crime (1928) and The Vampire Bat (1933). He was married to Erma P. Rogers. He died on February 3, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.

Sea Spoilers (1936)

Conflict (1936)

42. Arthur Lubin

Director | Phantom of the Opera

A graduate of Carnegie Tech, Arthur Lubin entered films as an actor in the 1920s, and after appearing in many films turned to directing in 1934, mainly for Universal. His forte was light comedy, but he helmed many different types of pictures for the studio. Lubin was the director Universal ...

California Straight Ahead! (1937) I Cover the War! (1937) Idol of the Crowds (1937) Adventure's End (1937)

43. 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 ...

Born to the West (1937)

44. George Sherman

Producer | The Comancheros

American second feature director George Sherman arrived in California aboard the SS Mongolia (bound from New York City, where he was born), on which he served as a bellboy. He began his career in the movie business in the mail room at Warner Brothers before working his way up to assistant director....

Pals of the Saddle (1938) Overland Stage Raiders (1938) Santa Fe Stampede (1938) Red River Range (1938) The Night Riders (1939) Three Texas Steers (1939) Wyoming Outlaw (1939) New Frontier (1939) Big Jake (1971)

45. William A. Seiter

Director | The Cheerful Fraud

Originally a writer and artist, William A. Seiter entered films with Selig. He worked from 1915 as a stunt double and bit player at Keystone and quickly graduated to directing comedy shorts. He moved up to features in the 1920s. He married actress Laura La Plante, who he directed in several films, ...

Allegheny Uprising (1939) A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

46. Bernard Vorhaus

Assistant_director | Roman Holiday

Born in New York, director Bernard Vorhaus made his name in England during the 1930s and later became a victim of the Hollywood blacklist. His most well-known film was The Last Journey (1936), but his quirky thriller about phony spiritualists, The Amazing Mr. X (1948), has a loyal following. A ...

Three Faces West (1940) Lady from Louisiana (1941)

47. Tay Garnett

Director | China Seas

Following his service as a naval aviator in WW I, Tay Garnett entered films in 1920 as a screenwriter. After a stint as a gag writer for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach he joined Pathe, then the distributor for both competing comedy producers, and in 1928 began directing for that company. Garnett ...

Seven Sinners (1940)

48. John H. Auer

Producer | Moonlight Masquerade

Born in Hungary and educated in Vienna, John H. Auer was an actor in European films from the age of 12. After his career as a child actor ended, he entered the business world, but soon decided to rejoin the film industry. He journeyed to Hollywood in 1928 to find work as a director, but came up ...

A Man Betrayed (1941)

49. Henry Hathaway

Director | True Grit

Henry Hathaway, son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge he briefly tried a career in finance but returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such...

The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) Legend of the Lost (1957) North to Alaska (1960) Circus World (1964) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) True Grit (1969)

50. Leigh Jason

Director | Metropolitan Nocturne

Leigh Jason (born Leigh Jacobson) was an instructor at UCLA before entering the film business in 1924 as an electrician. He turned to screenwriting in 1926, then changed his name to Leigh Jason when he started directing in 1928. He turned out numerous shorts and B pictures, mainly thrillers and ...

Lady for a Night (1942)

51. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

52. Ray Enright

Director | Tomorrow at Seven

Ray Enright, born in Anderson, Indiana, came to Los Angeles with his family at the age of five. He attended Los Angeles High School and in 1913 started motion picture work as an assistant cutter at the Mack Sennett studio. He served in World War I as a member of the Signal Corps. After the war he ...

The Spoilers (1942)

53. William C. McGann

Special_effects | Key Largo

William C. McGann was an American director of second features. He began his film career as assistant cameraman and graduated to cinematographer for Douglas Fairbanks in the late 1910s. He had a long tenure as director with the Warner Bros. "B" unit, 1930-39. Afterwards, he had brief spells with ...

In Old California (1942)

54. David Miller

Director | The Story of Esther Costello

After leaving high school, Miller worked for the National Screen Service as a messenger boy. Moving steadily up the ladder, he started directing Pete Smith educational documentaries at MGM from 1935. Two of these short features, "Penny Wisdom" and "Seeds of Destiny", won Academy Awards. From 1941, ...

Flying Tigers (1942)

55. Jules Dassin

Director | Pote tin Kyriaki

Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish ...

Reunion in France (1942)

56. Albert S. Rogell

Director | The Wrecker

Born in Oklahoma City, Albert Rogell moved with his family to Spokane, Washington, when he was a child. At 15 he got a job with the Washington Motion Picture Co. Having gotten a taste of the film business, he headed to Los Angeles after the company went bankrupt, and had a succession of jobs before...

In Old Oklahoma (1943)

57. Edward Ludwig

Director | Caribbean

Russian-born Edward Ludwig came to the U.S. as a child and was educated in Canada and New York City. He entered the film business as an actor in silents, then became a scenarist and screenwriter, and in the early 1930s turned to directing. Although most of his films were routine second features, he...

The Fighting Seabees (1944) Wake of the Red Witch (1948) Big Jim McLain (1952)

58. Edwin L. Marin

Director | Invisible Agent

Director Edwin L. Marin was born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1899. He traveled to Hollywood as a young man, and at age 20 got a job in the industry as an assistant cameraman. By 1932 he had crossed over to directing, first for low-budget studio Tiffany Pictures. However, he worked his way up the ...

Tall in the Saddle (1944)

59. Edward Dmytryk

Director | Crossfire

Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age ...

Back to Bataan (1945)

60. Mervyn LeRoy

Director | Gypsy

The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn LeRoy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, LeRoy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two...

Without Reservations (1946)

61. James Edward Grant

Writer | The Alamo

James Edward Grant started as a newspaperman in Chicago in the 1920s. He moved to Hollywood to write under contract with Republic. His passions were bullfighting and writing. He spent the last years of his life in Spain.

Angel and the Badman (1947)

62. Richard Wallace

Director | Captain Caution

Richard Wallace was born in Sacramento, California, in 1894. At 14 years of age he got a job as a theater projectionist, a job he held for four years. He later traveled to Los Angeles to get into the film industry, and wound up as an editor for such studios as Triangle and Robertson-Cole. His ...

Tycoon (1947)

63. Howard Hawks

Director | Red River

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

Red River (1948) Rio Bravo (1959) Hatari! (1962) El Dorado (1967) Rio Lobo (1970)

64. Arthur Rosson

Director | Red River

The brother of cinematographer Harold Rosson, director Richard Rosson and actress Helene Rosson, Arthur Rosson started in films as a stuntman and joined Vitagraph in 1909, later working as an associate director with Cecil B. DeMille for 16 years. By the 1920s he was a full-time director, and from ...

Red River (1948)

65. George Waggner

Director | South of Tahiti

George Waggner was born on September 7, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA as George Waggoner. He was a director and writer, known for South of Tahiti (1941), Man Made Monster (1941) and Ghost Town Riders (1938). He was married to Danny Shannon. He died on December 11, 1984 in Hollywood, ...

The Fighting Kentuckian (1949) Operation Pacific (1951)

66. Allan Dwan

Director | A Perfect Crime

Allan Dwan was born on April 3, 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Joseph Aloysius Dwan. He was a director and writer, known for A Perfect Crime (1921), Bound in Morocco (1918) and A Broken Doll (1921). He was married to Marie Shelton and Pauline Bush. He died on December 28, 1981 in Woodland ...

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

67. Nicholas Ray

Director | Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

68. John Farrow

Writer | Around the World in 80 Days

John Farrow wrote short stories and plays during his four-year career in the navy. In the late 1920s he came to Hollywood as a technical advisor for a film about Marines and stayed as a screenwriter, from A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927) through Tarzan Escapes (1936). He married Tarzan's Jane, Maureen ...

Hondo (1953) The Sea Chase (1955)

69. Dick Powell

Actor | Murder, My Sweet

Few actors ever managed a complete image transition as thoroughly as did Dick Powell: in his case, from the boyish, wavy-haired crooner in musicals to rugged crime fighters in films noir. Powell grew up in the town of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of three brothers (one of them, Howard, ended up as ...

The Conqueror (1956)

70. Josef von Sternberg

Director | The Docks of New York

Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...

Jet Pilot (1957)

71. Hal Kanter

Writer | Julia

Hal Kanter started out writing variety shows and revues for television in the early 1950s. He turned to screenwriting in the mid-1950s, specializing in comedies (he wrote for Bob Hope and Martin & Lewis) but also turning out dramas such as The Rose Tattoo and Let's Make Love. He directed a few ...

I Married a Woman (1958)

72. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)

73. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

The Alamo (1960) The Green Berets (1968)

74. Andrew Marton

Assistant_director | Ben-Hur

Budapest-born Endre Marton began in the film industry as an editor and assistant director with Vita and Sascha Films in Vienna. Following a brief sojourn in Hollywood with Ernst Lubitsch in 1923, he returned to Germany, having being signed as chief editor by the Tobis company. He made his ...

The Longest Day (1962)

75. Andrew V. McLaglen

Director | The Wild Geese

Andrew V. McLaglen was born on July 28, 1920 in Wandsworth, London, England as Andrew Victor McLaglen. He was a director and assistant director, known for The Wild Geese (1978), Hellfighters (1968) and Fools' Parade (1971). He was married to Sheila Anne Corbett, Sarah (Sally) Greenwood Pierce, Veda...

McLintock! (1963) Hellfighters (1968) The Undefeated (1969) Chisum (1970) Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

76. George Stevens

Director | Giant

George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

77. Otto Preminger

Director | Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in ...

In Harm's Way (1965)

78. Melville Shavelson

Writer | The Five Pennies

Melville Shavelson was born on April 1, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Five Pennies (1959), The Seven Little Foys (1955) and Houseboat (1958). He was married to Ruth Lafaye Florea and Lucille (Lucy) T. Myers. He died on August 8, 2007 in Studio City,...

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

79. Burt Kennedy

Director | The War Wagon

American screenwriter and director--particularly of westerns--Burt Kennedy was the son of performers. He was part of their act, "The Dancing Kennedys", from infancy. He served in World War II as a cavalry officer and was highly decorated. After the war he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, ...

The War Wagon (1967) The Train Robbers (1973)

80. Ray Kellogg

Visual_effects | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Famous matte artist who took over from Fred Sersen as head of the 20th Century Fox Special Effects Department in 1954.

The Green Berets (1968)

81. Mark Rydell

Director | On Golden Pond

Mark Rydell was born on March 23, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Mortimer H. Rydell. He is known for his work on On Golden Pond (1981), The Long Goodbye (1973) and James Dean (2001). He was previously married to Esther Jacobs and Joanne Linville.

The Cowboys (1972)

82. John Sturges

Director | The Great Escape

John Sturges was born on January 3, 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Elliott Sturges. He was a director and producer, known for The Great Escape (1963), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was married to Katherine Helena Soules and Dorothy Lynn Brooks. He died ...

McQ (1974)

83. Douglas Hickox

Director | Blackout

Douglas Hickox was born on January 10, 1929 in London, England. He was an assistant director and director, known for Blackout (1985), The Giant Behemoth (1959) and Sitting Target (1972). He was married to Annabel Hickox, Josephine Elizabeth Popovic nee May and Anne V. Coates. He died on July 25, ...

Brannigan (1975)

84. Stuart Millar

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In Hollywood from 1957, after prior experience with the State Department Motion Picture Branch and the Army Signals Corps.

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85. Don Siegel

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Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

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