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Paul Wendkos (September 20, 1922; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 12, 2009; Malibu, California) was an American television and film director.

Following wartime service in the US Navy and attending Columbia University on the GI Bill Wendkos made his first feature, a documentary on a school for the blind called Dark Interlude in 1953.

Wendkos's first feature film was The Burglar . Wendkos's fluid camera technique caught the attention of the head of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn who not only wished to distribute the film, but put Wendkos on a contract.

A variety of films followed for Columbia beginning with the hard-hitting crime drama The Case Against Brooklyn, two suspenseful war dramas Tarawa Beachhead and Battle of the Coral Sea, the youth-oriented Gidget and two sequels Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome as well as Because They're Young.

Wendkos also directed many episodes of Playhouse 90, Alcoa Theatre, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, The Rifleman, Mr. Novak, Honey West, The Big Valley, I Spy, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O. With I Spy, Wendkos filmed several interesting episodes but was deemed too "arty" by the producers and let go.

In 1968 Wendkos signed a five picture contract with Mirisch Productions beginning with the war films Attack on the Iron Coast and Hell Boats followed by Westerns set in Mexico but filmed in SpainGuns of the Magnificent Seven and Cannon for Cordoba. He also made the first feature film for Quinn Martin, The Mephisto Waltz.

From 1970 until his retirement in 1999, Wendkos specialized in made-for-television movies. One of these was The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988), based on a TWA hijacking in 1985, picked up five Emmy nominations, including one for Wendkos.

Wendkos was cited by film critic Andrew Sarris in his book The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968. He is also cited, along with many other directors, in The American Vein: Directors and Directions in Television by Christopher Wicking and Tise Vahimagi, Talisman Books (England), 1979, and E.P. Dutton (United States), 1979; Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 79-52675.

Wendkos married Ruth Bernat on March 1, 1953 and had one son, Jordan Elkan Wendkos. Ruth died in June, 1978. Wendkos married Lin Bolen, Former NBC VP & Producer in 1983 and they lived together happily in Malibu, California until his death. He is survived by his son, Jordan, granddaughter, Justine Wendkos, and his wife Lin Bolen Wendkos.

Wendkos was ill for several years following a stroke. He died on November 12, 2009 in Malibu, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Wendkos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Paul Wendkos (September 20, 1922; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – November 12, 2009; Malibu, California) was an American television and film director.

Following wartime service in the US Navy and attending Columbia University on the GI Bill Wendkos made his first feature, a documentary on a school for the blind called Dark Interlude in 1953.

Wendkos's first feature film was The Burglar . Wendkos's fluid camera technique caught the attention of the head of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn who not only wished to distribute the film, but put Wendkos on a contract.

A variety of films followed for Columbia beginning with the hard-hitting crime drama The Case Against Brooklyn, two suspenseful war dramas Tarawa Beachhead and Battle of the Coral Sea, the youth-oriented Gidget and two sequels Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome as well as Because They're Young.

Wendkos also directed many episodes of Playhouse 90, Alcoa Theatre, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, The Rifleman, Mr. Novak, Honey West, The Big Valley, I Spy, The Invaders and Hawaii Five-O. With I Spy, Wendkos filmed several interesting episodes but was deemed too "arty" by the producers and let go.

In 1968 Wendkos signed a five picture contract with Mirisch Productions beginning with the war films Attack on the Iron Coast and Hell Boats followed by Westerns set in Mexico but filmed in SpainGuns of the Magnificent Seven and Cannon for Cordoba. He also made the first feature film for Quinn Martin, The Mephisto Waltz.

From 1970 until his retirement in 1999, Wendkos specialized in made-for-television movies. One of these was The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988), based on a TWA hijacking in 1985, picked up five Emmy nominations, including one for Wendkos.

Wendkos was cited by film critic Andrew Sarris in his book The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968. He is also cited, along with many other directors, in The American Vein: Directors and Directions in Television by Christopher Wicking and Tise Vahimagi, Talisman Books (England), 1979, and E.P. Dutton (United States), 1979; Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 79-52675.

Wendkos married Ruth Bernat on March 1, 1953 and had one son, Jordan Elkan Wendkos. Ruth died in June, 1978. Wendkos married Lin Bolen, Former NBC VP & Producer in 1983 and they lived together happily in Malibu, California until his death. He is survived by his son, Jordan, granddaughter, Justine Wendkos, and his wife Lin Bolen Wendkos.

Wendkos was ill for several years following a stroke. He died on November 12, 2009 in Malibu, California.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Wendkos, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 63

Birthday 1925-09-20

Day of Death 2009-11-12

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

1999 DifferentDirector
1997 A Match Made in HeavenDirector
1993 Message from NamDirector
1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the FamilyDirector
1991 White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma ToddDirector
1991 The ChaseDirector
1991 Guilty Until Proven InnocentDirector
1990 Cops Are RobbersDirector
1990 Blind Faith(2 episodes)Director
1989 From the Dead of NightDirector
1988 The Great Escape II: The Untold StoryDirector
1988 The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson StoryDirector
1987 Right to DieDirector
1987 Six Against the RockDirector
1986 Rage of Angels: The Story Continues(1 episode)Director
1986 Rage of Angels: The Story ContinuesDirector
1985 Picking Up the PiecesDirector
1985 The Bad SeedDirector
1985 The ExecutionDirector
1984 Celebrity(3 episodes)Director
1983 The Awakening of CandraDirector
1983 Cocaine: One Man's SeductionDirector
1983 Intimate AgonyDirector
1981 The Five of MeDirector
1980 A Cry for LoveDirector
1980 The Ordeal of Dr. MuddDirector
1979 Act of ViolenceDirector
1979 The Ordeal of Patty HearstDirector
1978 A Woman Called Moses(2 episodes)Director
1977 79 Park Avenue(3 episodes)Director
1977 Good Against EvilDirector
1977 SecretsDirector
1977 The Death of RichieDirector
1976 Special DeliveryDirector
1975 Death Among FriendsDirector
1975 The Legend of Lizzie BordenDirector
1973 Terror On The BeachDirector
1973 Honor Thy FatherDirector
1972 The Strangers In 7ADirector
1972 FootstepsDirector
1972 Haunts of the Very RichDirector
1971 A Death of InnocenceDirector
1971 A Little GameDirector
1971 The Mephisto WaltzDirector
1971 Travis Logan, D.A.Director
1970 Cannon for CordobaDirector
1970 The Brotherhood of the BellDirector
1970 Hell BoatsDirector
1969 Guns of the Magnificent SevenDirector
1969 Fear No EvilDirector
1968 Attack on the Iron CoastDirector
1966 Johnny TigerDirector
1963 Gidget Goes to RomeDirector
1961 Gidget Goes HawaiianDirector
1961 Angel BabyDirector
1960 Because They're YoungDirector
1959 Battle of the Coral SeaDirector
1959 Face of a FugitiveDirector
1959 GidgetDirector
1958 Tarawa BeachheadDirector
1958 Bitter HeritageDirector
1958 The Case Against BrooklynDirector
1957 The BurglarDirector

Editing

1957 The BurglarEditor

Production

1977 79 Park Avenue(3 episodes)Producer

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