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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
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(2011)

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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) (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:

[on his departure from The Rifleman (1958)] I walked from the series because Jules V. Levy and that group had taken over my initial concept and perverted it into pap. They wouldn't let [Johnny Crawford] grow up; they refused to let it be the story of a boy who grows to manhood learning what it's all about. See more »

Trivia:

In an interview with Jim Silke, Peckinpah listed the following as his favorite films: Rashômon (1950); The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), which he called "possibly the finest motion picture ever made"; La Strada (1954), a film that he named as one he would have liked to have made; Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959); Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951); Carol Reed's Odd Man Out (1947); ... See more »

Trademark:

Balletic, slow-motion action sequences, edited so that the deaths of two or more characters are shown simultaneously. See more »

Nickname:

Mad Sam See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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