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John Schlesinger (I) (1926–2003)

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II. While attending Balliol College at Oxford, ... See full bio »

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 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Derek Moulthorpe
- The Lost Language of Cranes (1992) ... Derek Moulthorpe
 1991 Great Performances (TV Series)
Derek Moulthorpe
- The Lost Language of Cranes (1991) ... Derek Moulthorpe
 1991 The Lost Language of Cranes (TV Movie)
Derek Moulthorpe
 1985 Brothers-in-Law (TV Movie)
 1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series)
Jack Ludlow
- The Masked Bandits (1958) ... Jack Ludlow
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ticket Inspector
- Now Let Him Go (1957) ... Ticket Inspector
 1957 A Woman of Property (TV Movie)
Charles Reade
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Alan-a-Dale / Hale
- The Dowry (1957) ... Alan-a-Dale
- The Haunted Mill (1956) ... Hale
 1956-1957 The Grove Family (TV Series)
Mr. Gribble / Mr. Barrington
- Business as Usual (1957) ... Mr. Gribble
- The Prescription (1956) ... Mr. Barrington
 1957 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Head porter
- Million Dollar Smile (1957) ... Head porter
 1957 Aggie (TV Series)
Ski instructor
- Swiss Stakes (1957) ... Ski instructor
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Corporal Schneider
- A Pony for Joe Crazy Horse (1957) ... Corporal Schneider
 1956 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
- The Surgeon of San Rojo (1956) ... Pigtail
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Dutch Cook, Thornbull
- Death and the Other Monkey (1956) ... Dutch Cook, Thornbull
 1955 The Adventures of Annabel (TV Series)
Mr. Horatio Quick
- Say It with Music (1955) ... Mr. Horatio Quick
 1955 As I Was Saying (TV Series)
An Arab
- A Deal in Diving (1955) ... An Arab
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Daniel Morraine
- Death Mask (1955) ... Daniel Morraine
 1953 A Loan from Lorenzo (TV Movie)
The Lute player
 1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
An innkeeper / Macduff / Drunkard / ...
- The Bridge (1953) ... An innkeeper
- Will Shakespeare (1953) ... Macduff / Drunkard
- As You Like It (1953) ... Amiens
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He directed Marguerite Duras' play, "Days in the Trees", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Peggy Ashcroft, George Baker and Frances Cuka in the cast. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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[in a 1981 interview] I think the business is getting tougher, no question. It is an extraordinary fight to make something different. So it tends not so much to be films that you think are commercial, but films that people seem to want to make. [on Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)] EMI said, "We love the script. It's very original. We want to make it.". See more »


Directed eight different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, Peter Finch, Glenda Jackson, Burgess Meredith and Laurence Olivier. Christie won an Oscar for Darling (1965). See more »

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