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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 »


(age 96) in Athens, Greece

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

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Rififi Director
Never on Sunday
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The Naked City
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Topkapi Director


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Stage Play: Medicine Show. Incidental music by Hanns Eisler. Written by Oscar Saul and H.R. Hays. Directed by Jules Dassin [earliest Broadway credit]. New Yorker Theatre: 12 Apr 1940- 11 May 1940 (35 performances). Cast: Isabel Bonner (as "Mrs. Sullivan"), Philip Bourneuf (as "Jackson"), Perry Bruskin (as "Ben"), Virginia Campbell (as "... See more »

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

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The tragedy of Hollywood is that for over a quarter of a century it was harried by these two illiterate, vindictive women. - commenting on Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons See more »


In 1968, was nominated for two Tony Awards: as Best Director (Musical) and as author of the book of Best Musical nominee "Ilya, Darling," a musical version of his film Never on Sunday (1960). See more »

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