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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 & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Hud Director
(1963)
Norma Rae Director
(1979)
Cross Creek Director
(1983)

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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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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Samuel Brodsky") in "Two On An Island" on Broadway. Comedy. Written / directed by 'Elmer Rice (I)'. Incidental music by Kurt Weill. Scenic / Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Broadhurst Theatre: 22 Jan 1940-13 Apr 1940 (22 performances). Cast: Luther Adler (as "Lawrence Ormont"), Roberta Bellinger, Herschel Bentley... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Pfc. Martin Ritt
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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 »

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He began his show-business career as an apprentice actor in the last years of the celebrated Group Theater (1931-1940), the first company in America to put Konstantin Stanislavski's techniques into practice. He appeared as "Sam" and was the assistant stage manager in the 1939 debut of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" with John Garfield (then billed as "Julie Garfield") and two other fledgling actors ... See more »

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Marty

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