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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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  The Jeffersons (TV Series) (producer - 27 episodes, 1982 - 1983) (executive producer - 24 episodes, 1984 - 1985) (co-executive producer - 22 episodes, 1983 - 1984)
- Red Robins (1985) ... (executive producer)
- Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) ... (executive producer)
- The Odd Couple (1985) ... (executive producer)
- The Truth Hurts (1985) ... (executive producer)
- And Up We Go (1985) ... (executive producer)
 1979 Escape from Alcatraz (producer - as Donald Siegel)
 1974 The Black Windmill (producer)
 1973 Charley Varrick (producer)
 1971 Dirty Harry (producer)
 1971 The Beguiled (producer - as Donald Siegel)
 1968 Coogan's Bluff (producer - as Donald Siegel)
 1965-1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series) (producer - 34 episodes)
- A Burying for Rosey (1966) ... (producer)
- Wanted: Dead and Only (1966) ... (producer)
- A Field of Wild Flowers (1966) ... (producer)
- Dark Side of the Moon (1966) ... (producer)
- The Hunted and the Hunters (1966) ... (producer)
 1965 Convoy (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Passage to Liverpool (1965) ... (producer)
 1964 The Killers (producer - as Donald Siegel)
 1959 Edge of Eternity (associate producer - as Donald Siegel)
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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 editing] If you shake a movie, ten minutes will fall out. 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:

His films were frequently interpreted as having controversial, right-wing political or sociological undertone, which Siegel never commented on See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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