Jack Sydow Biography (1921-)

Full name, John David Sydow; born October 7, 1921, in Rockford, IL; son of John David (a corporate executive and photo engraver) and Ida Beulah (maiden name, Hoover) Sydow.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, actor, playwright, teacher
Birth Details
October 7, 1921
Rockford, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Beverly Carlton, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Town Hall Theatre, Sturbridge, MA, 1948-1949
  • Wagner, Room Service, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • Bohun, You Never Can Tell, Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY, 1951-1953
  • Cuthbertson, The Philanderer, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Harry Holland, The Live Wire, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Inspector, An Inspector Calls, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Lieutenant Commander Challee, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Lord Summerhays, Misalliance, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Walter Channing, Invitation to a Murder, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951-1953
  • Adolphus Cusins, Major Barbara, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • Various roles, The Brothers Karamazov, Gate Theatre, New York City, 1957-1958
  • Once upon a Mattress, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1959-1960
  • Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, Penthouse Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1979
  • Uncle Willie, Bent, Empty Space Theatre, 1981
  • Merwin Saltzman, There Must Be a Pony, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1982
  • Title role, Paphnutius, Showboat Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1982
  • Duncan and Porter, Macbeth, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1983
  • Waiter, You Never Can Tell, New American Theatre, Rockford, IL, 1991
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • (With others) Hump Happy, Air Transport Command, Bamboo Music Hall, Chabua, India, 1943
  • Ladies in Retirement, Little Theatre, Rockford, IL, 1946
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, Town Hall Theatre, Sturbridge, MA, 1948-1949
  • Blithe Spirit, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • East Lynne, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • The Glass Menagerie, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • John Loves Mary, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • The Late Christopher Bean, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • My Sister Eileen, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • Outward Bound, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • Peg o' My Heart, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • The Philadelphia Story, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • You Can't Take It with You, Town Hall Theatre, 1948-1949
  • Come What May, Weidman Studio, NY, 1950
  • The Enchanted, Woodstock Playhouse, Woodstock, NY, 1951
  • The Respectful Prostitute, Woodstock Playhouse, 1951
  • The Gondoliers, Hunter College Playhouse, 1952-1953
  • Ruddigore, Hunter College Playhouse, 1952-1953
  • Trial by Jury, Hunter College Playhouse, 1952-1953
  • Ariadne auf Naxos, Little Orchestra Society, 1953-1955
  • Hansel and Gretel, Little Orchestra Society, 1953-1955
  • L'enfant et les sortileges, Little Orchestra Society, 1953-1955
  • Two for Fun, Greenwich Mews Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • The Emperor's New Clothes, pre-Broadway production at Tamiment, PA, 1957
  • Once upon a Mattress, pre-Broadway production at Tamiment, PA, 1958
  • Elizabeth the Queen, American Festival, Boston Arts Center, 1961
  • The Sudden End of Anne Cinquefoil, East End Theatre, New York City, 1961
  • The Turn of the Screw, American Festival, Boston Arts Center, 1961
  • Brigadoon, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, 1962
  • Chrysanthemum, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, 1962
  • Here Today, Sombrero Playhouse, Phoenix, AZ, 1963
  • The Matchmaker, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, 1963
  • The Miracle Worker, Sombrero Playhouse, 1963
  • Ring 'Round the Moon, Sombrero Playhouse, 1963
  • Sophie, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • The Amorous Flea, East 78th Street Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • The Crucible, 1964
  • The Giant's Dance, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Annie Get Your Gun, State Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • The Imaginary Invalid, ANTA Theatre, 1967
  • Still Life, ANTA Theatre, 1967
  • A Touch of the Poet, ANTA Theatre, 1967
  • John Brown's Body, National Repertory Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC, 1968
  • Sganarelle, National Theatre of the Deaf, ANTA Theatre, 1970
  • The Adding Machine, A Contemporary Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1971
  • A Thurber Carnival, A Contemporary Theatre, 1971
  • The Anniversary, A Contemporary Theatre, 1973
  • The Boor, A Contemporary Theatre, 1973
  • The Marriage Proposal, A Contemporary Theatre, 1973
  • A Comedy of Errors, A Contemporary Theatre, 1974
  • The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Contemporary Theatre, 1974
  • The Good Person of Szechuan, A Contemporary Theatre, 1975
  • Oh, Coward!, A Contemporary Theatre, 1975
  • A Resounding Tinkle, A Contemporary Theatre, 1975
  • Was He Anyone?, A Contemporary Theatre, 1975
  • Company, A Contemporary Theatre, 1976
  • The Guardsman, University of California, Berkeley, 1976
  • Dinner at Eight, A Contemporary Theatre, 1977
  • Hay Fever, A Contemporary Theatre, 1977
  • The Sunday Promenade, A Contemporary Theatre, 1977
  • The Matchmaker, A Contemporary Theatre, 1978
  • A Christmas Sampler, Intiman Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1979
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Contemporary Theatre, 1979
  • The Warrior's Husband, A Contemporary Theatre, 1979
  • The Chalk Garden, A Contemporary Theatre, 1980
  • The Threepenny Opera, A Contemporary Theatre, 1981
  • And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, A Contemporary Theatre, 1982
  • Arms and the Man, A Contemporary Theatre, 1983
  • Agnes of God, A Contemporary Theatre, 1984
  • Assistant Director
  • Babar the Elephant, Little Orchestra Society, NY, 1953-1955
  • (And stage manager and assistant to the director) Once upon a Mattress, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1959-1960
  • Major Tour Work
  • Director
  • Hump Happy, Air Transport Command, U.S. Army Air Force tour of Africa, Arabia, and Egypt, 1943
  • Once upon a Mattress, bus and truck tour, 1960 U.S. cities, 1960-1961
  • Mary Stuart, Elizabeth the Queen, National Repertory Theatre tourof U.S. cities, 1961-1962
  • Call Me Madam, stock tour, 1963
  • Here Today, stock tour, 1963
  • Kismet, stock tour, 1963
  • Kiss Me Kate, stock tour, 1963
  • The Rivals, National Repertory Theatre tour, 1965
  • Major Barbara, stock tour and Westport Country Playhouse, 1966
  • Misalliance, stock tour and Westport Country Playhouse, 1966
  • The Music Man, stock tour and Westport Country Playhouse, 1966
  • Luv, stock tour, 1967
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, stock tour, 1967
  • Also directed two tours for the Little Theatre of the Deaf, 1968-69.
  • Film Appearances
  • Minister, What Planet Are You From?, Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Lincoln Kirstein, Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder, NBC, 1987
  • Movies
  • George Haley, On the Line, ABC, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Omnibus, CBS, 1954
  • Alfred Larkin, "To Kill a Talking Bird," Frasier, NBC, 1997
  • Alfred Larkin, "Taps at Montana," Frasier, NBC, 1999
  • Old Rupert, "The Compass," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1999
  • Houseman, "The Goodbye Guy," Movie Stars, The WB, 2000
  • Also appeared in Armstrong Circle Theater (also known as CircleTheater), NBC and CBS; Goodyear Playhouse, NBC; Kraft Television Theatre, NBC and ABC; Look Up and Live, CBS; and Philco Television Playhouse, NBC.
  • Television Work
  • Director; Specials
  • Annie Get Your Gun, NBC, 1967
  • WRITINGS
  • Play Adaptations
  • with Boris Tumarin
  • The Brothers Karamazov, produced at Gate Theatre, New York City, 1957-1958
  • The Idiot, produced at Gate Theatre, 1960

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