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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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 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Noon Wine (1966) ... (writer)
  The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode, 1963) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1962)
- The Losers (1963) ... (story)
- Pericles on 31st Street (1962) ... (teleplay)
  The Westerner (TV Series) (12 episodes, 1960) (written by - 1 episode, 1960)
- The Painting (1960)
- Hand on the Gun (1960)
- Going Home (1960)
- Line Camp (1960)
  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)
  Gunsmoke (TV Series) (screenplay by - 9 episodes, 1955 - 1957) (screenplay - 2 episodes, 1957 - 1958)
- Dirt (1958) ... (screenplay - as David S. Peckinpah)
- How to Kill a Woman (1957) ... (screenplay - 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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Other Works:

Music video for Julian Lennon 'Too Late for Goodbyes' - Director.

Publicity Listings:

8 Biographical Movies | 20 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 8 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:

[on Kris Kristofferson] I like Kris because he writes poetry and he's a fucking good man. Working with Kris on Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) was one of the great experiences of my life. See more »

Trivia:

Ida Lupino hired him to work on her series Mr. Adams and Eve (1957) after she found him living in a shack behind her property. He paid her back by casting her in Junior Bonner (1972) some years later. See more »

Trademark:

The lead character (or characters) in most of his films live by a code of conduct or honor that proves to be obsolete in the face of changing times. See more »

Nickname:

Mad Sam See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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