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Paul Wurtzel, Assistant Director on Movies and TV, Dies at 92

12 May 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paul Wurtzel, an assistant director on dozens of movies and many TV series, died of natural causes at the Hollywood Hills home he inhabited for 49 years. He was 92.

The son of pioneer movie producer Sol M. Wurtzel grew up in the Hollywood film colony and abandoned his studies after two years at UCLA to go to work for his father at 20th Century Fox. He started his career in 1942 as second assistant director on the Laurel and Hardy movie “A Haunting We Will Go” and moved up to become an assistant director on dozens of movies — including, while he was still at Fox, on 1946′s “Anna and the King of Siam,” starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.

When his father launched an independent company, Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Paul worked exclusively with him from 1946-49.

Most of the films Paul Wurtzel worked on through 1958 were B pictures with titles such »

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Paul Wurtzel, Assistant Director on Movies and TV, Dies at 92

12 May 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Wurtzel, an assistant director on dozens of movies and many TV series, died of natural causes at the Hollywood Hills home he inhabited for 49 years. He was 92.

The son of pioneer movie producer Sol M. Wurtzel grew up in the Hollywood film colony and abandoned his studies after two years at UCLA to go to work for his father at 20th Century Fox. He started his career in 1942 as second assistant director on the Laurel and Hardy movie “A Haunting We Will Go” and moved up to become an assistant director on dozens of movies — including, while he was still at Fox, on 1946′s “Anna and the King of Siam,” starring Irene Dunne and Rex Harrison.

When his father launched an independent company, Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Paul worked exclusively with him from 1946-49.

Most of the films Paul Wurtzel worked on through 1958 were B pictures with titles such »

- Carmel Dagan

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