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Sam Peckinpah (1925–1984)


"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That exploding bottle also christened the director with the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Wild Bunch
(1969)
Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs Writer
(1971)
Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs Writer
(2011)

Filmography

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 2011 Straw Dogs (earlier screenplay)
 1974 Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (screenplay) / (story)
 1971 Straw Dogs (screenplay)
 1969 The Wild Bunch (screenplay)
 1968 Villa Rides (screenplay)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Noon Wine (1966) ... (writer)
 1965 Major Dundee (screenplay)
  The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1963) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Losers (1963) ... (story)
- Pericles on 31st Street (1962) ... (teleplay)
 1962 Ride the High Country (uncredited)
  The Westerner (TV Series) (3 episodes, 1960) (creator - 9 episodes, 1960) (written by - 1 episode, 1960)
- The Painting (1960) ... (creator)
- Hand on the Gun (1960) ... (creator)
- Going Home (1960) ... (creator)
- Line Camp (1960) ... (creator)
- Ghost of a Chance (1960) ... (creator)
  Klondike (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode, 1960) (story - 1 episode, 1960) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1960)
- Swoger's Mule (1960) ... (writer)
- Klondike Fever (1960) ... (story) / (teleplay)
 1960 Pony Express (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Story of Julesberg (1960) ... (writer)
  Zane Grey Theater (TV Series) (1 episode, 1960) (writer - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959)
- Miss Jenny (1960)
- Lonesome Road (1959) ... (writer)
- Trouble at Tres Cruces (1959) ... (writer)
- The Sharpshooter (1958) ... (writer)
  The Rifleman (TV Series) (teleplay - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (written by - 3 episodes, 1958 - 1959) (story - 2 episodes, 1958 - 1959)
- The Baby Sitter (1959) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- The Money Gun (1959) ... (teleplay)
- The Boarding House (1959) ... (written by)
- The Marshal (1958) ... (story) / (teleplay)
- Home Ranch (1958) ... (written by)
  Broken Arrow (TV Series) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 1957) (writer - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Transfer (1958) ... (writer)
- The Teacher (1957) ... (teleplay)
- The Assassin (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Kidder (1958) ... (written by)
 1955-1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (screenplay by - 11 episodes)
- Dirt (1958) ... (screenplay by - as David S. Peckinpah)
- How to Kill a Woman (1957) ... (screenplay by - as David S. Peckinpah)
- Jealousy (1957) ... (screenplay by)
- Poor Pearl (1956) ... (screenplay by)
- Legal Revenge (1956) ... (screenplay by)
 1958 Tombstone Territory (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- Johnny Ringo's Last Ride (1958) ... (teleplay)
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Singer (1958) ... (written by)
 1957 Trackdown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Town (1957) ... (writer)
 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) (teleplay and story - 1 episode)
- Apache Gold (1957) ... (teleplay and story)
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- End of a Gun (1957) ... (teleplay)
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Music video: Directed Julian Lennon video "Too Late for Goodbyes".

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 20 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 9 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sam Peckimpah | David S. Peckinpah | David Peckinpah | Sam 'The Man' Peckinpah

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on how screenwriting allowed him to become a director] Yeah, but it was hell, because I hate writing. I suffer the tortures of the damned. I can't sleep and it feels like I'm going to die any minute. Eventually, I lock myself away somewhere, out of reach of a gun, and get it on in one big push. I'd always been around writers and had friends who were writers, but I'd never realized what a lot of ... See more »

Trivia:

According to an interview with L.Q. Jones available on YouTube, one time Slim Pickens proposed to loan $5000 to his friend Sam, who was broke at this time. The offer resulted in Peckinpah never speaking to Pickens again. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast Jason Robards, James Coburn, Emilio Fernández, Warren Oates, Kris Kristofferson, Ben Johnson, David Warner, Slim Pickens and L.Q. Jones. See more »

Nickname:

Mad Sam See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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