Biography

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Alfred "Fred" Zinnemann (April 29, 1907 – March 14, 1997), born in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, was an American film director. He won four Academy Awards for directing films in various genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir and play adaptations. He made 25 feature films during his 50-year career.

Zinnemann was among the first directors to insist on using authentic locations and for mixing stars with civilians to give his films more realism. Within the film industry, he was considered a maverick for taking risks and thereby creating unique films, with many of his stories being dramas about lone and principled individuals tested by tragic events. According to one historian, Zinnemann's style demonstrated his sense of "psychological realism and his apparent determination to make worthwhile pictures that are nevertheless highly entertaining."

Some of his most notable films were The Men (1950), High Noon (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955), The Nun's Story (1959), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Day of the Jackal (1973), and Julia (1977). His films have received 65 Oscar nominations, winning 24.

Zinnemann directed and introduced a number of stars in their U.S. film debuts, including Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Pier Angeli, Julie Harris, Brandon deWilde, Montgomery Clift, Shirley Jones and Meryl Streep. He directed 19 actors to Oscar nominations, including Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Audrey Hepburn, Glynis Johns, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Gary Cooper and Maximilian Schell.

Fred Zinnemann died in London, England in 1997. He was 89 years old.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfred "Fred" Zinnemann (April 29, 1907 – March 14, 1997), born in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, was an American film director. He won four Academy Awards for directing films in various genres, including thrillers, westerns, film noir and play adaptations. He made 25 feature films during his 50-year career.

Zinnemann was among the first directors to insist on using authentic locations and for mixing stars with civilians to give his films more realism. Within the film industry, he was considered a maverick for taking risks and thereby creating unique films, with many of his stories being dramas about lone and principled individuals tested by tragic events. According to one historian, Zinnemann's style demonstrated his sense of "psychological realism and his apparent determination to make worthwhile pictures that are nevertheless highly entertaining."

Some of his most notable films were The Men (1950), High Noon (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), Oklahoma! (1955), The Nun's Story (1959), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Day of the Jackal (1973), and Julia (1977). His films have received 65 Oscar nominations, winning 24.

Zinnemann directed and introduced a number of stars in their U.S. film debuts, including Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Pier Angeli, Julie Harris, Brandon deWilde, Montgomery Clift, Shirley Jones and Meryl Streep. He directed 19 actors to Oscar nominations, including Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Audrey Hepburn, Glynis Johns, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Wendy Hiller, Jason Robards, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Gary Cooper and Maximilian Schell.

Fred Zinnemann died in London, England in 1997. He was 89 years old.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1907-04-29

Day of Death 1997-03-14

Place of Birth Rzeszów, Galicia, Austria-Hungary [now Poland]

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Also Known As

  • Alfred Zinnemann

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1982 Five Days One Summer Director
1977 Julia Director
1973 The Day of the Jackal Director
1966 A Man for All Seasons Director
1964 Behold a Pale Horse Director
1960 The Sundowners Director
1959 The Nun's Story Director
1957 A Hatful of Rain Director
1956 Markheim Director
1955 Oklahoma! Director
1953 From Here to Eternity Director
1952 The Member of the Wedding Director
1952 High Noon Director
1951 Teresa Director
1950 The Men Director
1949 Act of Violence Director
1948 The Search Director
1947 Little Mister Jim Director
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses Director
1946 The Lady or the Tiger? Director
1944 The Seventh Cross Director
1942 Eyes in the Night Director
1942 Kid Glove Killer Director
1941 Forbidden Passage Director
1940 The Old South Director
1939 The Ash Can Fleet Director
1939 Help Wanted Director
1939 While America Sleeps Director
1939 Weather Wizards Director
1938 That Mothers Might Live Director
1937 Friend Indeed Director
1936 Redes Director
1932 The Man from Yesterday Assistant Director

Acting

2014 And the Oscar Goes To...
2009 Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood as Himself (archive footage)
2005 Filmmakers vs. Tycoons as Himself (archive footage)
1992 The Making of High Noon as Himself
1990 Fred Zinnemann: A Director's Life as Himself
1985 George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
1981 Hands Up!
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1948 The Search as Interpreter (uncredited)
1948 Bambi-Verleihung (1 episode) as himself
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front as German Soldier / French Ambulance Driver (uncredited)

Production

1982 Five Days One Summer Producer
1966 A Man for All Seasons Producer
1959 The Nun's Story Producer

Camera

1929 Explodigger 1010 Camera Intern

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