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Fred Zinnemann (1907–1997)

Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to study film. See full bio »


(age 89) in London, England, UK

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 34 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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 1977 Julia
 1958 The Old Man and the Sea (uncredited)
 1958 Decision (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Markheim (1958)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Markheim (1956)
 1955 Oklahoma!
 1952 High Noon
 1951 Benjy (Short)
 1951 Teresa
 1950 The Men
 1948 The Search
 1945 The Clock (uncredited)
 1942 The Lady or the Tiger? (Short)
 1942 The Greenie (Short)
 1941 Your Last Act (Short)
 1940 The Great Meddler (Short)
 1940 A Way in the Wilderness (Short)
 1940 Stuffie (Short)
 1940 The Old South (Documentary short)
 1939 Forgotten Victory (Short)
 1939 The Ash Can Fleet (Short)
 1939 One Against the World (Short)
 1939 Help Wanted (Short)
 1939 While America Sleeps (Short)
 1939 Weather Wizards (Short)
 1938 They Live Again (Documentary short)
 1938 That Mothers Might Live (Short)
 1937 Friend Indeed (Short)
 1936 Redes
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I just like to do films that are positive in the sense that they deal with the dignity of human beings and have something to say about oppression, not necessarily in a political way but in a human way. I have to feel that what I'm trying to do is worthwhile. See more »


In 1963, it was announced that he would make a large-scale film for Twentieth Century Fox entitled "The Day Custer Fell", about the battle of Little Big Horn. The film, scripted by Wendell Mayes, was due to be made in Todd-AO on a budget of 18 million dollars, a huge sum then. Fox had recently had enormous problems with Cleopatra (1963) and was reluctant to spend so much money quite so soon after... See more »

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