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Sam Wood (I) (1883–1949)

After a two-year apprenticeship under Cecil B. DeMille as assistant director, Samuel Grosvenor Wood had the good fortune to have assigned to him two of the biggest stars at Paramount during their heyday: Wallace Reid, between 1919 and 1920; and Gloria Swanson, from 1921 to 1923. By the time his seven-year contract with Paramount expired, the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

A Night at the Opera
(1935)
The Pride of the Yankees
(1942)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
(1939)
For Whom the Bell Tolls
(1943)

Filmography

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 1950 Ambush
 1947 Ivy
 1946 Heartbeat
 1945 Guest Wife
 1942 Kings Row
 1940 Kitty Foyle
 1940 Our Town
 1939 Gone with the Wind (uncredited)
 1939 Raffles
 1938 Stablemates
 1938 Lord Jeff
 1937 Madame X
 1937 The Good Earth (uncredited)
 1935 Whipsaw
 1935 Rendezvous (uncredited)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri (uncredited)
 1934 Hollywood Party (uncredited)
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle (uncredited)
 1933 Hold Your Man (uncredited)
 1933 The Barbarian
 1932 Fast Life (uncredited)
 1932 Prosperity (uncredited)
 1932 Huddle (uncredited)
 1931 The Man in Possession (uncredited)
 1930 Paid
 1930 Way for a Sailor (uncredited)
 1930 The Sins of the Children (uncredited)
 1929 Queen Kelly (uncredited)
 1927 Rookies
 1924 The Female
 1924 Bluff
 1921 The Snob
 1920 Sick Abed
 1920 Double Speed
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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on working with Gary Cooper in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)] You're positive he's going to ruin your picture. I froze in my tracks the first time I directed him. I thought something was wrong with him, saw a million-dollar production go glimmering. I was amazed at the result on the screen. What I thought was underplaying turned out to be just the right approach. On the screen he's perfect, ... See more »

Trivia:

Before becoming a director, Wood had worked on pipelines for an oil company. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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