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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 33 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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[on directing Ethel Waters in The Member of the Wedding (1952)] Every time I'd try to help her, she'd roll her eyes to the heavens and say, "God is my director!" How can you argue with that? See more »


"The Member of the Wedding" is the director's personal favorite of his own films. His favorite individual scene is Sir Thomas More's goodbye to his wife and daughter in "A Man for All Seasons.". See more »

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