Living Directors Who No Longer Work

by jzappa | created - 06 Sep 2017 | updated - 06 Sep 2017 | Public

1. Michael Anderson

Director | Logan's Run

London-born Michael Anderson began his career in films as an office boy at Elstree studios. By 1938, he had progressed up the ladder to become assistant director for distinguished film makers Noël Coward, David Lean and Anthony Asquith. Shortly after, during wartime with the Royal Signals Corps (...

2. Peter Baldwin

Actor | Stalag 17

Peter Baldwin was born on January 11, 1931 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA as Peter DuBois Baldwin. He was a director and actor, known for Stalag 17 (1953), The Wonder Years (1988) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970). He was married to Terry Lee Finkel, Emi De Sica and Lois Cederberg. He died on ...

3. Allen Baron

Director | Blast of Silence

Allen Baron was born on April 14, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a director and writer, known for Blast of Silence (1961), The Immortal (1969) and Terror in the City (1964).

4. Harold Becker

Director | Malice

Harold Becker was born on September 25, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Malice (1993), Sea of Love (1989) and Mercury Rising (1998). He is married to Susan Becker.

5. Mel Brooks

Actor | Spaceballs

Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...

6. Robert Butler

Director | Remington Steele

Robert Butler was born on November 16, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Stanton Butler. He is known for his work on Remington Steele (1982), The Blue Knight (1973) and Hill Street Blues (1981). He has been married to Adrienne Hepburn since August 17, 1957. They have two children.

7. Steve De Jarnatt

Director | Miracle Mile

Steve De Jarnatt is a director and producer, known for Miracle Mile (1988), Cherry 2000 (1987) and Strange Brew (1983).

8. Stanley Donen

Director | Charade

Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer.

He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai ...

9. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

10. Stan Dragoti

Director | She's Out of Control

Stan Dragoti was born on October 4, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley John Dragoti. He was a director and writer, known for She's Out of Control (1989), The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) and Mr. Mom (1983). He was married to Cheryl Tiegs. He died on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, ...

11. Bill Forsyth

Director | Local Hero

Bill Forsyth was born on July 29, 1946 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland as William David Forsyth. He is a director and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Gregory's Girl (1980) and Housekeeping (1987).

12. Nicolas Gessner

Director | Spaceship Earth

Nicolas Gessner was born on August 17, 1931 in Szombathely, Hungary. He is a director and writer, known for Spaceship Earth (1996), The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) and Quicker Than the Eye (1988).

13. Lewis Gilbert

Director | Alfie

Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...

14. John Glen

Director | Licence to Kill

He started on the Shepperton Studios cutting rooms in 1948 working on such as 'The Wooden Horse' and 'The Third Man' before moving to Nettlefold Studios where his stay was interrupted by two years National Service after which he joined Group 3 at Beaconsfield . His next move was becoming sound ...

15. Jorge Grau

Writer | Noche de verano

Jorge Grau was born on October 27, 1930 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Jorge Grau Solá. He was a writer and director, known for Noche de verano (1963), The Rash One (1964) and Canticle (1970). He died on December 26, 2018 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

16. Daniel Haller

Director | Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Daniel Haller was born in Glendale, California, and received his art training at the renowned Chouinard Institute. By chance, he happened to meet New World Pictures head Roger Corman in the mid-1950s when Corman was still an unknown, independent producer-director-jack-of-all-trades. Corman ...

17. James B. Harris

Producer | Lolita

James B. Harris was born on August 3, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Lolita (1962), The Killing (1956) and The Black Dahlia (2006).

18. Mike Hodges

Director | Flash Gordon

Mike Hodges was born on July 29, 1932 in Bristol, England as Michael Tommy Hodges. He is a director and producer, known for Flash Gordon (1980), Get Carter (1971) and Black Rainbow (1989). He was previously married to Jean.

19. Willard Huyck

Writer | Howard the Duck

Willard Huyck was born on September 8, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Willard Miller Huyck Jr. He is a writer and director, known for Howard the Duck (1986), American Graffiti (1973) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). He was previously married to Gloria Katz.

20. Norman Jewison

Director | Jesus Christ Superstar

Norman Frederick Jewison was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Dorothy Irene (Weaver) and Percy Joseph Jewison, who managed a post office and a convenience store. His mother was an English immigrant, and his father was of English and Ulster-Scots descent. Jewison got his BA at Victoria College, ...

21. Umberto Lenzi

Writer | Superseven chiama Cairo

Born in Massa Marittima, Italy on August 6, 1931, Umberto Lenzi was a movie enthusiast since his early grade school years. During those years, he founded various film fan clubs while studying law. Lenzi started out as a journalist for various local newspapers and magazines. Lenzi put off his law ...

22. Richard Lester

Director | A Hard Day's Night

Richard Lester was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, and continued his career into the 1970s and early '80s. He is best remembered for the two films he helmed starring The Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965), the frenetic cutting style of which was seen by many as ...

23. Arthur Marks

Producer | Perry Mason

Writer/director/producer Arthur Marks was born on August 2, 1927 in Los Angeles, California. His grandparents acted in silent pictures and his father, Dave Marks, was an assistant director and production manager at MGM whose credits include The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Easter Parade (1948).

Arthur ...

24. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

25. John Llewellyn Moxey

Director | The Avengers

Back in the days when ships burned coal, John Moxey's family had a coal/steel business with depots all over the world; he was born in 1925 in Argentina, where his father was running one of the firm's stations. Moxey knew from childhood that he was cut out for a job in the picture business and, ...

26. Larry Peerce

Director | The Incident

Larry Peerce was born in 1930 in Bronx, New York, to the later Metropolitan Opera tenor Jan Peerce and his wife, Alice. Peerce's directorial career stretched from 1964 to 2001, embraced different genres and generated different results.

In the 1960s it seemed as if Peerce would become a major ...

27. Peter Rader

Writer | Waterworld

Peter Rader is a director and writer, known for Waterworld (1995), The Last Legion (2007) and Grandmother's House (1988).

28. Alvin Rakoff

Director | Say Hello to Yesterday

Alvin Rakoff has directed more than 100 television, film and stage productions. He is now in his 10th decade. And still active.

The twice Emmy Award-winning director has worked with many of the world's most prestigious leading talent, including Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Judi ...

29. Carl Reiner

Actor | Ocean's Eleven

Carl Reiner is a legend of American comedy, who achieved great success as a comic actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He won nine Emmy Awards, three as an actor, four as a writer and two as a producer. He also won a Grammy Award for his album "The 2,000 Year Old Man", based on his ...

30. Nicolas Roeg

Director | Don't Look Now

When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...

31. Richard Rush

Director | The Stunt Man

Richard Rush was born on April 15, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and writer, known for The Stunt Man (1980), Color of Night (1994) and Freebie and the Bean (1974). He was married to Claude Rush. He died on April 8, 2021 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. Alexander Singer

Producer | The Killing

Alexander Singer was born on April 18, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Killing (1956), The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969) and Remington Steele (1982). He has been married to Judy Singer since 1950.

34. Melvin Van Peebles

Actor | The Shining

Melvin Van Peebles was born on August 21, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for The Shining (1997), Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) and Don't Play Us Cheap (1972).

35. Robert M. Young

Director | Alambrista!

Born in New York City. Made many award-winning documentaries including The Eskimo: Fight for Life (1970) and a documentary about the civil war in Angola. In 1978 he won the Camera d'Or at Cannes and Best Feature at San Sebastian for Alambrista! (1977).



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