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Jules Dassin (1911–2008)


Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964). He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Samuel Dassin and Berthe Vogel. Young ... See full bio »

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(age 96) in Athens, Greece

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rififi
Rififi Director
(1955)
Never on Sunday
Never on Sunday Director
(1960)
The Naked City
The Naked City Director
(1948)
Topkapi
Topkapi Director
(1964)

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Stage Play: Two's Company. Musical revue. Music by Vernon Duke. Lyrics by Ogden Nash. Additional Lyrics by Sammy Cahn. Sketches by Charles Sherman [final Broadway credit]. Sketches written with Peter De Vries [Broadway debut]. Featuring songs by Sheldon Harnick ("A Man's Home"). Vocal arrangements by Milton Rosenstock. Ballet Music by ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Perlo Vita
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Personal Quote:

If there is anything I want to be remembered for, it is for fulfilling Melina's dream [the return of the Elgin Marbles to Greece]. (from a 1997 interview) See more »

Trivia:

Named as a communist before the House Un-American Activities Committee by fellow directors Edward Dmytryk Frank Tuttle in 1952. This caused Dassin, who had quit the Communist Party in 1939 after a brief membership, to be blacklisted and forced him to move to France where he became more famous and successful than he ever was in the United States. See more »

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