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
 1969 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: Appeared in "My Heart's in the Highlands" 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:

[on actors] I understand what they're going through. The self-exposure, which is at the heart of all their work, is done using their own body. It's their sexuality, their strength or weakness, their fear. And that's extremely painful. And when they're not doing it in their performance, they pull back. They get shy. Paul Newman, who I worked with on The Verdict (1982), is one of the shyest men ... See more »

Trivia:

He directed James Mason in four films: The Deadly Affair (1967), The Sea Gull (1968), Child's Play (1972) and The Verdict (1982). See more »

Trademark:

On all his films he assembles the cast for a two week rehearsal in which they perform the script from beginning to end like a play. This cuts down on the need for repeated takes during filming. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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