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John Schlesinger (I) (1926–2003)


Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II. While attending Balliol College at Oxford, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Midnight Cowboy Director
(1969)
Darling Director
(1965)
Marathon Man Director
(1976)
(1971)

Filmography

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 2007 The McCartney Years (Video documentary) (music video director)
 1997 The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
 1996 The Why Store: Father (Video short)
 1995 Cold Comfort Farm (TV Movie)
 1993 The Innocent
 1991 Screen One (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1987 The Believers
 1983 An Englishman Abroad (TV Movie)
 1983 Separate Tables (TV Movie)
 1979 Yanks
 1976 Marathon Man
 1973 Visions of Eight (Documentary) (segment "The Longest")
 1967 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (director - 1 episode)
- Days in the Trees (1967) ... (director: Original Royal Shakespeare Company stage production)
 1965 Darling
 1963 Billy Liar
 1961 Terminus (Short documentary)
 1958-1961 Monitor (TV Series documentary) (4 episodes)
- The Class (1961)
- The Innocent Eye (1958)
 1960 Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (TV Series documentary)
 1956 Sunday in the Park (Documentary short)
 1950 The Starfish
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Eugene O'Neill's play, "Mourning Becomes Electra", at the Arts Theatre Club in London, England with Mary Ellis, Mary Morris, Joseph O'Conor, Ronald Lewis, Ronald Barker and Timothy Bateson in the cast. Peter Hall was the director. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »
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Personal Quote:

What I tend to go for, and what interests me, is not the hero but the coward . . . not the success, but the failure. See more »

Trivia:

Schlesinger envisioned a cast of Al Pacino, Julie Christie and Laurence Olivier for Marathon Man (1976). Pacino has said that the only actress he had ever wanted to work with was Christie, who he claimed was "the most poetic of actresses". Producer Robert Evans, who disparaged the vertically challenged Pacino as The Midget when Francis Ford Coppola wanted him for The Godfather (1972) and had ... See more »

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