Sidney Lumet (1924–2011)


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Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 39 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

12 Angry Men Director
(1957)
(1975)
Serpico Director
(1973)

Filmography

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 2004 Rachel, quand du seigneur (Short)
 2004 Strip Search (TV Movie)
 2001-2002 100 Centre Street (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- It's About Love (2002)
- Give Up or Fight (2002)
- Daughters (2001)
- Kids: Part 2 (2001)
- Kids: Part 1 (2001)
 1999 Gloria
 1997 Critical Care
 1993 Guilty as Sin
 1990 Q&A (as Alan Smithee: television prints)
 1986 Power
 1984 Garbo Talks
 1983 Daniel
 1982 The Verdict
 1982 Deathtrap
 1978 The Wiz
 1977 Equus
 1976 Network
 1974 Murder on the Orient Express (directed by)
 1974 Lovin' Molly
 1973 Serpico
 1973 The Offence (directed by)
 1972 Child's Play
 1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (Documentary) (uncredited)
 1968 The Sea Gull
 1966 The Group
 1965 The Hill
 1964 Fail Safe
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Rashomon (1960)
- The Dybbuk (1960)
 1960 Rashomon (TV Movie)
 1960 The Iceman Cometh (TV Movie)
 1960 John Brown's Raid (TV Movie)
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Hiding Place (1960)
 1955-1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Family Happiness (1959)
 1957-1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1958 All the King's Men (TV Movie)
 1958 Stage Struck
 1954-1957 Omnibus (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- School for Wives (1957)
- Antigone (1954) ... (segment "Antigone")
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957 Studio One (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Deaf Heart (1957)
 1957 Mr. Broadway (TV Movie)
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mr. Broadway (1957)
 1957 12 Angry Men
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Sentry (1956)
- Career Girl (1956)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Finkle's Comet (1956)
- Doll Face (1956)
- Man on Fire (1956)
 1955 The Challenge (TV Short)
 1955 Frontier (TV Series) (1 episode)
- In Nebraska (1955)
 1955 Star Stage (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Mind Over Momma (1955)
 1954-1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Stage Door (1955)
- The Show-Off (1955)
 1954 Mama (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Episode #5.24 (1954)
 1951-1953 Danger (TV Series) (14 episodes)
- Prodigal Returns (1953)
- Subpoena (1953)
- No Room (1953)
- Car Pool (1953)
 1951-1952 Crime Photographer (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Blackmail (1952)
- Model Alibi (1951)
 1952 CBS Television Workshop (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Don Quixote (1952)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Night of the Auk" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 5 Interviews | 9 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sydney Lumet | Alan Smithee

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Mary Gimbel  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Amy Lumet | See more »

Parents:

Baruch Lumet | Lumet, Eugenia Wermus

Relatives:

Jake Cannavale (grandchild)
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Personal Quote:

There's no such thing as a small part. There are just small actors. See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985." Pages 610-617. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. See more »

Trademark:

Keeps a realistic atmosphere by using very little music See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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