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Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4.

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director."

Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).

Description above from the Wikipedia article Sidney Lumet, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4.

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director."

Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).

Description above from the Wikipedia article Sidney Lumet, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 73

Birthday 1924-06-25

Day of Death 2011-04-09

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2007 Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Director
2006 Find Me Guilty Director
2004 Strip Search Director
2001 100 Centre Street (10 episodes)Director
1999 Gloria Director
1997 Critical Care Director
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Director
1993 Guilty as Sin Director
1992 A Stranger Among Us Director
1990 Q & A Director
1989 Family Business Director
1988 Running on Empty Director
1986 The Morning After Director
1986 Power Director
1984 Garbo Talks Director
1983 Daniel Director
1982 The Verdict Director
1982 Deathtrap Director
1981 Prince of the City Director
1980 Just Tell Me What You Want Director
1978 The Wiz Director
1977 Equus Director
1976 Network Director
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Director
1974 Murder on the Orient Express Director
1974 Lovin' Molly Director
1973 Serpico Director
1973 The Offence Director
1972 Child's Play Director
1971 The Anderson Tapes Director
1970 King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis Director
1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots Director
1969 The Appointment Director
1968 The Sea Gull Director
1968 Bye Bye Braverman Director
1966 The Deadly Affair Director
1966 The Group Director
1965 The Hill Director
1965 The Pawnbroker Director
1964 Fail-Safe Director
1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night Director
1962 A View from the Bridge Director
1960 The Iceman Cometh Director
1960 The Fugitive Kind Director
1959 Play of the Week (1 episode)Director
1959 That Kind of Woman Director
1958 Stage Struck Director
1958 Three Plays by Tennessee Williams Director
1957 DuPont Show of the Month (1 episode)Director
1957 12 Angry Men Director
1956 Tragedy in a Temporary Town Director
1955 The Alcoa Hour (1 episode)Director
1954 Producers' Showcase (1 episode)Director
1954 The Elgin TV Hour (1 episode)Director
1954 The Best of Broadway (2 episodes)Director
1953 The United States Steel Hour (1 episode)Director
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)Director
1951 Goodyear Television Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1948 Studio One (1 episode)Director

Acting

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men' as Himself
2015 By Sidney Lumet as Himself
2009 I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale as Himself
2004 Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
2003 The Education of Gore Vidal as Himself
2003 A Decade Under the Influence as Himself
2002 The Tramp and the Dictator as Himself (uncredited)
1994 Inside the Actors Studio (1 episode)
1986 American Masters (1 episode) as Himself
1982 The Making of Tootsie as Interviewee
1978 Wiz on Down the Road as Himself
1965 The Sun... the Sand... the Hill as Himself
1939 The 400 Million as Additional Voice (voice)
1939 ...One Third of a Nation... as Joey Rogers

Production

1997 Critical Care Producer
1970 Last of the Mobile Hot Shots Producer
1968 The Sea Gull Producer
1968 Bye Bye Braverman Producer
1966 The Deadly Affair Producer
1964 Fail-Safe Executive Producer

Writing

2006 Find Me Guilty Screenplay Author
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Screenplay
1990 Q & A Screenplay
1981 Prince of the City Screenplay

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