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Don Siegel (1912–1991)


Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict (1946). He made his reputation ... See full bio »

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry Director
(1971)
Escape from Alcatraz
(1979)
The Shootist
The Shootist Director
(1976)

Filmography

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 1982 Jinxed!
 1980 Rough Cut
 1979 Escape from Alcatraz (as Donald Siegel)
 1977 Telefon
 1976 The Shootist
 1971 Dirty Harry
 1971 The Beguiled (as Donald Siegel)
 1969 Death of a Gunfighter (as Allen Smithee)
 1968 Coogan's Bluff (as Donald Siegel)
 1968 Madigan (as Donald Siegel)
 1967 Stranger on the Run (TV Movie) (as Donald Siegel)
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Manhunt (1965)
 1965 Convoy (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 The Hanged Man (TV Movie) (as Donald Siegel)
 1964 The Killers (as Donald Siegel)
 1964 Destry (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Solid Gold Girl (1964) ... (as Donald Siegel)
 1963-1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Uncle Simon (1963)
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 Hell Is for Heroes (as Donald Siegel)
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cherie (1961)
 1960 Flaming Star
 1960 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Silent Kill (1960)
 1959 Edge of Eternity (as Donald Siegel)
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
 1959 Adventure Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Brock Callahan (1959)
 1958 The Gun Runners (as Donald Siegel)
 1958 The Lineup
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Hired Man (1957)
 1956 Crime in the Streets (as Donald Siegel)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Paper Gunman (1955)
 1953 China Venture
 1952-1953 The Doctor (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Runaways (1953)
- Those Who Wait (1952)
- No Gods to Serve (1952)
 1949 The Big Steal
 1946 The Verdict
 1945 Hitler Lives (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1945 Star in the Night (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Pilot: Produced and directed the pilot for The Legend of Jesse James (1965). When the series was picked up, Siegel became the series' producer but did not direct any episodes.

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Don | Donald Siegel | Allen Smithee

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Mickey Rooney, who he directed in Baby Face Nelson (1957)] . . . I admired his skill and loathed his personality. See more »

Trivia:

He originally intended for Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to end with the hero, Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) on the highway shouting to the motorists, "You're next! You're next!" but Allied Artists wanted a happier ending that assured the audience the hero's efforts had not been in vain. Siegel subsequently added the opening with Miles in the hospital recounting his story to the ... See more »

Trademark:

Known for his extensive preparation and highly efficient shooting style, which were the main influence on the directing style of his protege, Clint Eastwood See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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