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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 »

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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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Personal Quote:

[Discussing the protagonist of his series, The Westerner (1960)] I wanted to create a truly realistic saddle bum of the west. I wanted to make him as honest and real as I could do it. I drew him unlettered--most of these guys couldn't read or write. Not too bright. Certainly unheroic. I know cowboys. I grew up on a cattle ranch--in Merced County [California]. I wanted to draw a real one. No hero,... See more »

Trivia:

Producer Martin Ransohoff felt compelled to fire Peckinpah after the beginning of principal shooting on The Cincinnati Kid (1965) due to disagreements over the conception of the film. The incident led to a physical altercation between the two. In the early 1970s, remarking on their fight, Peckinpah claimed Ransofhoff got the worst of it: "I stripped him as naked as one of his badly told lies", ... See more »

Trademark:

The films he directed were notorious for their extremely violent and bloody action sequences and climaxes. See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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