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Jerry Ziesmer

Grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and acted in little theaters in the Milwaukee area. After acting with Ethel Waters in a touring company of "The Member of the Wedding", he went to the High School Institute at Northwestern University, in Illinois, and studied under acting coach Alvina Krause (whose other students included Charlton Heston, Jennifer ... See full bio »

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Hide Hide Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (45 credits)
 2000 Almost Famous (first assistant director)
 1996 Jerry Maguire (first assistant director)
 1992 Singles (first assistant director)
 1992 Deep Cover (additional first assistant director)
 1992 Secrets (TV Movie) (first assistant director)
 1991 Out for Justice (first assistant director)
 1990 Marked for Death (first assistant director)
 1990 Solar Crisis (first assistant director)
 1990 Love at Large (first assistant director)
 1989 Say Anything... (first assistant director)
 1988 Midnight Run (first assistant director)
 1988 Illegally Yours (first assistant director)
 1987 Some Kind of Wonderful (first assistant director)
 1986 Jumpin' Jack Flash (first assistant director: additional photography)
 1986 Short Circuit (first assistant director)
 1986 George Carlin: Playin' with Your Head (TV Special documentary) (first assistant director)
 1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (first assistant director)
 1985 American Flyers (assistant director)
 1985 Not My Kid (TV Movie) (first assistant director)
 1984 The River (first assistant director)
 1983 Scarface (first assistant director)
 1983 Blue Thunder (assistant director)
 1982 Annie (first assistant director)
 1981 History of the World: Part I (assistant director)
 1980 Great Performances (TV Series) (first assistant director - 1 episode)
- Life on the Mississippi (1980) ... (first assistant director)
 1979 1941 (first assistant director)
 1979 Rocky II (first assistant director)
 1979 Apocalypse Now (assistant director)
 1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (assistant director)
 1978 King (TV Mini-Series) (assistant director)
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (assistant director: additional scenes - uncredited)
 1977 Black Sunday (assistant director)
 1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York (assistant director)
 1975 Mitchell (assistant director)
 1974 Where Have All the People Gone (TV Movie) (assistant director - as Jerry Zeismer)
 1973-1974 Kung Fu (TV Series) (assistant director - 19 episodes)
- The Cenotaph: Part II (1974) ... (assistant director)
- The Cenotaph: Part I (1974) ... (assistant director)
- Arrogant Dragon (1974) ... (assistant director)
- Crossties (1974) ... (assistant director)
- In Uncertain Bondage (1974) ... (assistant director)
 1973 The Way We Were (second assistant director)
 1973 Lost Horizon (second assistant director)
 1972 The Wrath of God (assistant director)
 1971 Honky (assistant director - uncredited)
 1971 Something Big (second assistant director)
 1971 J W Coop (second assistant director)
 1971 Fools' Parade (assistant director - uncredited)
 1970 The Great White Hope (assistant director - uncredited)
 1970 Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (assistant director)
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Other Works:

Ready When You Are, Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Crowe (autobiography 1999). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jerry Zeismer

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In 1999, his autobiography about his life as a Hollywood 1st Assistant Director was published by Scarecrow Press titled: "Ready When You Are, Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Crowe" as part of their Filmmakers series. He and his wife continue to mentor, speak, and teach their film production class, "The Craft of the Assistant Director", at the UCLA Extension in Los Angeles. See more »

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