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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 June 1919Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 18 December 1993London, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameSamuel Watenmaker
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, and in 1959 joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced or directed several works at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974. He worked both as director and actor in films and television, his appearances included The Spiral Staircase (1975), Private Benjamin (1980), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), and Baby Boom (1987).

Married to Charlotte Holland, his daughter is actress Zoë Wanamaker.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lester A Dinerstein <lester1@earthlink.net>

Spouse (1)

Charlotte Holland (25 May 1940 - 18 December 1993) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (9)

In 1997 he founded the International Shakespeare Globe Centre, The Globe Theater, Bankside, Southwark, London.
In 1994 he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award: Society of London Theatre's Special Award for Lifetime Achievement (1993 season).
In the 1970s he and actress Jan Sterling entered into a relationship, and although they never married, they stayed together until his death in 1993.
Served in the US army from 1943-46.
Father, with Charlotte Holland, of daughters Abby Wanamaker, Jessica Wanamaker and actress Zoë Wanamaker.
Although he was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre in London, England, he did not get to see the theatre's grand opening in 1997, having died of prostate cancer four years earlier.
After learning that he had been blacklisted during the "Red Scare" period of the late 1940s-1950s after filming Mr. Denning Drives North (1951) in the U.K., he stayed and settled in England.
In 1993 he was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the Globe Theater.
Uncle of Marc Wanamaker.

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