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John Guillermin Poster

Biography

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Overview (2)

Born in London, England, UK
Died in Topanga Canyon, California, USA  (heart attack)

Spouse (2)

Maureen Connell (20 January 1956 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Mary Guillermin (? - 28 September 2015) ( his death)

Trivia (6)

Began his career in France in 1947 as a documentary filmmaker.
Attended Cambridge University.
Was to direct Sahara (1983) but was replaced by Andrew V. McLaglen.
Directed one Oscar-nominated performance: Fred Astaire in The Towering Inferno (1974).
Military service in the Royal Air Force prior to working as a documentary filmmaker.
He was replaced by Jack Smight as director of Midway (1976).

Personal Quotes (3)

You know, there's really nothing like an exciting film on a big screen. Hopefully, I've made a few in my career.
[on Steve McQueen] Steve had a terrific instinct for something he could play well. In the films where he played characters that he really understood, he did it extremely well on screen. It wasn't an accident that he was a major, major star. He also had tremendous power and charisma. He could capture the truth of a scene.
[1990 comment on King Kong (1976)] The film simply isn't allowed to speak for itself. I was not displeased with the overall picture. It was totally different from the original, which is now considered a classic. That was an enormous thing to overcome in itself.

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