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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameMortimer H. Rydell

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Rydell was born on March 23, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Mortimer H. Rydell. He is known for his work on The Long Goodbye (1973), James Dean (2001) and The Cowboys (1972). He was previously married to Esther Rydell and Joanne Linville.

Spouse (2)

Esther Rydell (1983 - 1986) (divorced) (1 child)
Joanne Linville (1962 - 1973) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Father of actor Christopher Rydell.
Father of actress Amy Rydell.
Uncle of actresses Maggie Wagner and Emily Wagner, director Andrew Wagner.
Has directed 8 actors to Oscar nominations: Rupert Crosse, Sissy Spacek, Bette Midler, Frederic Forrest, Marsha Mason, Jane Fonda, Henry Fonda, & Katharine Hepburn. Fonda (Henry) and Hepburn won for their performances in On Golden Pond (1981).
Producer Michael Douglas considered him as director of Starman (1984) but the job went to John Carpenter.
Son of actress Evelyn Rydell.
Father of Alexander, 24, aspiring filmmaker.
Studied at Julliard School of Music and played New York nightclubs as a jazz pianist.
Director of the Actor's Studio West.
He was thirty-eight years old when he directed his first feature film.

Personal Quotes (2)

I'm a hopeful person; I'm not a cynic. I believe that cynicism is a cancer for an artist. It's a way of insulating yourself from experience. If you're cynical about something, it becomes removed and can't invade you. If you believe that life has to do with an engagement of issues and personalities that make you young and vital, it's hard to be anything but hopeful.
[After making "On Golden Pond"] There's no question in my mind that Henry Fonda is the greatest living actor. I have great admiration for a number of great actors, but there's something very special about Henry Fonda. He is an actor's actor, and I worship his skills.

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