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Martin Ritt (1914–1990)


Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters. He originally attended and played football for Elon College in ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Hud Director
(1963)
Norma Rae Director
(1979)
(1958)

Filmography

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 1987 Nuts
 1983 Cross Creek
 1981 Back Roads
 1979 Norma Rae
 1976 The Front
 1974 Conrack
 1972 Sounder
 1967 Hombre
 1964 The Outrage
 1963 Hud
 1961 Paris Blues
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Split Second (1953)
 1951 Starlight Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1950-1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Of Human Bondage (1951)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in (as "Sam") / Assistant Stage Manager (w/Bert Conway) for "Golden Boy" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Clifford Odets. Stage Manager: Alan Woolfson. Directed by Harold Clurman. Belasco Theatre: 4 Nov 1937-Jun 1938 (closing date unknown/250 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Joe Bonaparte"), Roman Bohnen (as "Tom ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Pfc. Martin Ritt

Children:

Werner Ritt, Martina
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Personal Quote:

As far as a "Martin Ritt Production" is concerned, I wouldn't embarrass myself to take that credit. What about the Ravetches [Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank Jr.]? They wrote it. What about the actors who appear in it? If ever I write one, direct it and appear in it, then you can call it a Martin Ritt Production. See more »

Trivia:

Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in Manhattan and Eton College in North Carolina. Studied law at St. John's University, where he befriended Elia Kazan whom he subsequently joined at the Group Theatre in New York. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently casts Paul Newman

Nickname:

Marty

Star Sign:

Pisces

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