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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 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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Rififi (1955) is widely considered the prototype for films such as Ocean's Eleven (1960) and Mission: Impossible (1996). Dassin himself made another film based on "Rififi," his 1964's Topkapi (1964). See more »

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