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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 & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Midnight Cowboy Director
(1969)
Darling Theatre Director
(1965)
Marathon Man Director
(1976)
Yanks Director
(1979)

Filmography

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 1996 The Twilight of the Golds
Dr. Adrian Lodge
 1991 The Lost Language of Cranes
Derek Moulthorpe
 1990 Pacific Heights
Man in Elevator (uncredited)
 1985 Brothers-in-Law (TV Movie)
 1965 Darling
Theatre Director (uncredited)
 1963 Billy Liar
Officer in Dream (uncredited)
 1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series)
Jack Ludlow
- The Masked Bandits (1958) ... Jack Ludlow
 1958 Black Tide
Mechanic
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ticket Inspector
- Now Let Him Go (1957) ... Ticket Inspector
 1957 The Beasts of Marseilles
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1957 A Woman of Property (TV Movie)
Charles Reade
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Alan-a-Dale / Hale
- The Dowry (1957) ... Alan-a-Dale
- The Haunted Mill (1956) ... Hale
 1956-1957 The Grove Family (TV Series)
Mr. Gribble / Mr. Barrington
- Business as Usual (1957) ... Mr. Gribble
- The Prescription (1956) ... Mr. Barrington
 1957 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Head porter / M. Bonfils
- Million Dollar Smile (1957) ... Head porter
- The Magpies (1957) ... M. Bonfils
 1957 Brothers in Law
Assize Court Solicitor
 1957 Aggie (TV Series)
Ski instructor
- Swiss Stakes (1957) ... Ski instructor
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Corporal Schneider
- A Pony for Joe Crazy Horse (1957) ... Corporal Schneider
 1956 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Pigtail
- The Surgeon of San Rojo (1956) ... Pigtail
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Lieutenant, Graf Spee (uncredited)
 1956 The Last Man to Hang
The Hospital: Dr. Goldfinger
 1956 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Dutch Cook
- Death and the Other Monkey (1956) ... Dutch Cook
 1956 Big City (TV Mini Series)
Archie
- London - Nobby Clark and Showgirl (1956) ... Archie
 1955 The Adventures of Annabel (TV Series)
Mr. Horatio Quick
- Say It with Music (1955) ... Mr. Horatio Quick
 1955 Oh... Rosalinda!!
Gentleman
 1955 As I Was Saying (TV Series)
An Arab
- A Deal in Diving (1955) ... An Arab
 1955 The Vise (TV Series)
Daniel Morraine
- Death Mask (1955) ... Daniel Morraine
 1954 The Divided Heart
Ticket Collector
 1953 A Loan from Lorenzo (TV Movie)
The Lute player
 1953 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Amiens / An innkeeper / Macduff / ...
- The Bridge (1953) ... An innkeeper
- Will Shakespeare (1953) ... Macduff / Drunkard
- As You Like It/II (1953) ... Amiens
- As You Like It (1953) ... Amiens
 1953 Sailor of the King
German Guard (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Charles Strouse's musical, "I and Albert", at the Piccadilly Theatre in London, England with Polly James in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

BEHP History Project

Children:

None

Parents:

Schlesinger, Bernard | Schlesinger, Winifred

Relatives:

Susan Maryott (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[responding to a question as to how an Englishman had the "monumental gall" to make a film like Midnight Cowboy (1969)] I myself thought at first that it was a bit cheeky for a foreigner with no real knowledge of New York City to attempt a definitive study of the male hustler's milieu. But I was so fascinated by James Leo Herlihy's novel that I knew I had to make the film. And perhaps ... See more »

Trivia:

His brother, the publisher and literary agent Roger Schlesinger married into Peggy Ashcroft's family and had an actress daughter Katharine Schlesinger. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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