Sidney Lumet Biography (1924-)

Born June 25, 1924, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Baruch (an actor, writer, producer, and director) and Eugenia (an actress; maiden name, Wermus) Lumet; married Rita Gam (an actress; divorced); married Gloria Vanderbilt (a fashion designer), August 27, 1956 (divorced, 1963); married Gail Buckley (an actress),November 23, 1963 (divorced, 1978); married Mary Gimbel, October 1980; children: (third marriage) Amy, Jenny. Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Birth Details
June 25, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Work
  • Director, Twelve Angry Men, United Artists, 1957
  • Director, Stage Struck, Buena Vista, 1958
  • Director, That Kind of Woman, Paramount, 1959
  • Director, The Fugitive Kind, United Artists, 1960
  • Director, A View from the Bridge (also known as Vu du pontand Uno sguardo dal ponte), Continental, 1962
  • Director, Long Day's Journey into Night, Embassy, 1962
  • Director and co-executive producer, Fail Safe, Columbia, 1964
  • Director, The Pawnbroker, American International, 1965
  • Director, Up from the Beach, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • Director, The Hill, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965
  • Director, The Group, United Artists, 1966
  • Director and producer, The Deadly Affair, Columbia, 1967
  • Director and producer, Bye Bye Braverman, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Director and producer, The Seagull, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Director and (with Joseph Mankiewicz) producer, King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis, 1970
  • Director, The Appointment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Director and producer, The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (also known as Blood Kin and The Seven Descents of Myrtle), Warner Bros.,1970
  • Director, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971
  • Director, Child's Play, Paramount, 1972
  • Director, The Offense (also known as Something Like the Truth and The Offence), United Artists, 1973
  • Director, Serpico, Paramount, 1973
  • Director, Lovin' Molly, Columbia, 1974
  • Director, Murder on the Orient Express, Paramount, 1974
  • Director, Dog Day Afternoon, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Director, Equus, United Artists, 1977
  • Director, Network, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1977
  • Director, The Wiz, Universal, 1978
  • Director and producer, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Director, Prince of the City, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Director, Deathtrap (also known as Ira Levin's Deathtrap),Warner Bros., 1982
  • Director, The Verdict, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Director and executive producer, Daniel, Paramount, 1983
  • Director, Garbo Talks, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Director, Power, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Director, The Morning After, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Director, Running on Empty, Lorimar, 1988
  • Director, Family Business, TriStar, 1989
  • Director, Q&A, TriStar, 1990
  • Director, A Stranger among Us (also known as Close to Eden), Buena Vista, 1992
  • Director, Guilty As Sin, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Director, Night Falls on Manhattan, Paramount, 1997
  • Director and producer, Critical Care, Live Film & Mediaworks,1997
  • Director, Gloria, Columbia, 1999
  • Director, The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenmann, 2000
  • Director, The Set-Up, 2004
  • Director, Find Me Guilty, 2005
  • Film Appearances
  • Joey Rogers, One Third of a Nation, Paramount, 1939
  • (As Sydney Lumet) Voice, The 400 Million (documentary), Garrison Film Distributors, 1939
  • Director, Wiz on Down the Road, 1978
  • 50 Years of Action!, 1986
  • Director, "White Fish," Funny, Original Cinema, 1988
  • Himself, Listen Up (also known as Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones), Warner Bros., 1990
  • Himself, Sean Connery Close Up (documentary), Blue Dolphin Film Distribution, 1997
  • Himself, Sean Connery, an Intimate Portrait (documentary), 1997
  • Himself, Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove (documentary), Columbia, 2000
  • Himself, Revisiting "Fail-Safe" (documentary), Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Himself, The Tramp and the Dictator (documentary), Warner Home Video, 2002
  • Himself, A Decade under the Influence (documentary), IFC Films, 2003
  • Himself, Spike Lee's "25th Hour": The Evolution of an American Filmmaker (documentary short film), Touchstone Home Video, 2003
  • Himself, Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), 2004
  • Political pundit, The Manchurian Candidate, Paramount, 2004
  • Television Director
  • Series
  • Danger, CBS, 1951-1953
  • You Are There, CBS, 1952-1953
  • Serpico, 1976
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Television Director
  • Miniseries
  • The Sacco-Vanzetti Story, NBC, 1960
  • Specials
  • John Brown's Raid, NBC, 1960
  • Cry Vengeance, NBC, 1961
  • Strip Search, HBO, 2004
  • Episodic
  • "Antigone," Omnibus III, CBS, 1954
  • "Stage Door," The Best of Broadway, CBS, 1955
  • "The Show-Off," The Best of Broadway, CBS, 1955
  • "The Philadelphia Story," The Best of Broadway, CBS, 1955
  • "Crime in the Streets," The Elgin Hour, 1955
  • "Tragedy in a Temporary Town," The Alcoa Hour, 1955
  • "Incident in an Alley," The United States Steel Hour (also known as The U.S. Steel Hour), 1955
  • "Long After Summer," The Alcoa Hour, 1956
  • "Mr. Broadway," Producers' Showcase, 1957
  • "The Rice Sprout Song," Studio One (also known as Studio One Summer Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One, and Westinghosue Summer Theatre), CBS, 1957
  • "Mooney's Kid Don't Cry," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "The Last of My Gold Watches," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "This Property Is Condemned," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "All the King's Men: Parts 1 & 2," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "Dog in a Bus Tunnel," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "Three Plays by Tennessee Williams," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "Fifty Grand," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958
  • "Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates," Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1958
  • "The Count of Monte Cristo," The DuPont Show of the Month, 1958
  • "The Hiding Place," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1960
  • "The Dybbuk," Play of the Week, NTA, 1960
  • "Rashomon," Play of the Week, NTA, 1960
  • "The Iceman Cometh: Parts 1 & 2," Play of the Week, NTA, 1960
  • 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001-2002
  • Also directed "Man on Fire," The Alcoa Hour; "The Meanest Man in the World," The United States Steel Hour (also known as The U.S. Steel Hour); "The Philadelphia Story," The Best of Broadway, CBS; episodes of Omnibus, CBS; Mama, CBS; Goodyear Playhouse, NBC; Crime Photographer; CBS Television Workshop.
  • Television Producer
  • Episodic
  • "Mr. Broadway," Producers' Showcase, 1957
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Unauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda, syndicated, 1988
  • William Holden: The Golden Boy (also known as Crazy about the Movies), Cinemax, 1989
  • Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990
  • Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones, 1991
  • Fonda on Fonda, TNT, 1992
  • Interviewee, "Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval," American Masters, PBS, 1995
  • Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery, Lifetime, 1997
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • NYTV: By the People Who Made It, PBS, 1998
  • Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001
  • Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Paul Newman (documentary), Bravo, 2001
  • Himself, New York at the Movies (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002
  • The AMC Project: Hollywood and the Holocaust (documentary), AMC, 2003
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains (also knownas AFI's 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains: America's Greatest ScreenCharacters), CBS, 2003
  • Episodic
  • "The Face of Fear," Danger, 1952
  • American Cinema, PBS, 1995
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1995
  • Stage Director
  • The Doctor's Dilemma, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Picnic (summer theatre production), 1955
  • The Night of the Auk, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Caligula, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Nowhere to Go But Up, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Blue Light, Bay Street Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • The Shawl, Jewish Repertory Theater at Playhouse, New York City, 1996
  • Directed summer theatre productions, 1947-49.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Dead End kid, Dead End, Belasco Theatre, 1935
  • Estranged One's Son, The Eternal Road, Manhattan Opera House, NewYork City, 1937
  • Stanley, Sunup to Sundown, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1938
  • Mickey, Schoolhouse on the Lot, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1938
  • Leo, Christmas Eve, Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, 1939
  • Johnny, My Heart's in the Highlands, Guild Theatre, New York City,1939
  • Joshua, Journey to Jerusalem, National Theatre, New York City, 1940
  • Hymie Tashman, Morning Star, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1940
  • George Washington Slept Here, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1940
  • Willie Berg, Brooklyn, USA, Forrest Theatre, New York City, 1941
  • David, A Flag Is Born, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1946
  • Tonya, Seeds in the Wind, Empire Theatre, New York City, 1948
  • Made stage debut at Yiddish Theatre, New York City, 1928.
  • Radio Appearances
  • The Rabbi from Brownsville, 1931-1932
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • (With Jay Presson Allen) Prince of the City, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Q&A, Tri Star, 1990
  • Night Falls on Manhattan, Paramount, 1997
  • The Set-Up, 2004
  • Television Episodes
  • 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001-2002
  • Books
  • Making Movies, Knopf, 1995

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Bowles, Stephen E., Sidney Lumet: A Guide to References and Resources, G. K. Hall, 1979
    • Boyer, Jay, Sidney Lumet, Twayne, 1993
    • Cunningham, Frank R., Sidney Lumet: Film and Literary Vision, University Press of Kentucky, 1991
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography, Volume 22, Gale Group, 2002
    Periodicals
    • Film Comment, July/August, 1997, p. 50

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