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.
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[on Charles Bronson
] He is a very helpful actor in planning or staging a scene. He gets wonderful ideas, good practical suggestions and I enjoy his contributions. He's a positive force for the good in this grinding work of making a film. He's patient when the work is difficult and he's never satisfied until he's convinced what's been done is right. He's my kind of actor, you might say. He's a ...
Siegel was the first director to be credited by the Director's Guild of America's universal pseudonym Alan Smithee
, for Death of a Gunfighter
(1969). Siegel wished to remain uncredited because he felt the film's star, Richard Widmark
, ruined the picture by insisting on creative control that usurped Siegel's authority as director, and also because Widmark had fired original director Robert Totten
His films were frequently interpreted as having controversial, right-wing political or sociological undertone, which Siegel never commented on