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Sidney Lumet (1924–2011)

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 35 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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 2004 Rachel, quand du seigneur (Short)
 2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
 2001-2002 100 Centre Street (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- It's About Love (2002)
- Give Up or Fight (2002)
- Daughters (2001)
- Kids: Part 2 (2001)
- Kids: Part 1 (2001)
 1999 Gloria
 1997 Critical Care
 1993 Guilty as Sin
 1990 Q & A (as Alan Smithee: television prints)
 1986 Power
 1984 Garbo Talks
 1983 Daniel
 1982 The Verdict
 1982 Deathtrap
 1978 The Wiz
 1977 Equus
 1976 Network
 1974 Lovin' Molly
 1973 Serpico
 1973 The Offence
 1972 Child's Play
 1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1968 The Sea Gull
 1966 The Group
 1965 The Hill
 1964 Fail-Safe
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Rashomon (1960)
- The Dybbuk (1960)
 1960 Rashomon (TV Movie)
 1960 The Iceman Cometh (TV Movie)
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Hiding Place (1960)
 1957-1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1958 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
 1958 Stage Struck
 1957 Omnibus (TV Series) (1 episode)
- School for Wives (1957)
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Deaf Heart (1957)
 1957 Mr. Broadway (TV Movie)
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mr. Broadway (1957)
 1957 12 Angry Men
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Sentry (1956)
- Career Girl (1956)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Finkle's Comet (1956)
- Doll Face (1956)
- Man on Fire (1956)
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series) (1 episode)
- In Nebraska (1955)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Mind Over Momma (1955)
 1954-1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Stage Door (1955)
- The Show-Off (1955)
 1955 The Challenge (TV Movie)
 1951-1953 Danger (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- Subpoena (1953)
- No Room (1953)
- Car Pool (1953)
 1951-1952 Crime Photographer (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Blackmail (1952)
- Model Alibi (1951)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Don Quixote (1952)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Small Boy") in "Dead End" on Broadway. Drama. Production Design by Norman Bel Geddes. Written and directed by Sidney Kingsley. Belasco Theatre: 28 Oct 1935-12 Jun 1937 (687 performances). Cast: Carroll Ashburn (as "Mr. Griswald"), Charles Bellin, Charles Benjamin, Philip Bourneuf, Marie R. Burke, Richard Clark, ... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 9 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sydney Lumet | Alan Smithee


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

There's no real difference in acting between theater and film. Well, there's one difference -- you can get away with more in the theater; you can take it easier than you can in film. But that cliché about how you have to reduce the performance , make it smaller for film, isn't true. You just have to work more honestly. See more »


Claimed that one of his habits to maintain energy on-set was to catch a nap at lunch. He would go to his trailer, quickly consume a small sandwich wrap in one bite, and lie down to sleep for the remainder of the break. He further claimed that his discipline over the years was such that he never had to set an alarm. See more »


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