Andre de Toth

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Born and raised in Hungary, Andre de Toth came to the USA in the 1940s and became established as a workmanlike director whose films, notably his Westerns and films noir, were later hailed for their moody, psychological ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1913 in Hungary

Filmography

Director (20)

Play Dirty 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

77 Sunset Strip 1958 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Bourbon Street Beat 1958 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Bronco 1957 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Hawaiian Eye 1958 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Maverick 1957 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

Man on a String 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Morgan The Pirate 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Day of the Outlaw 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Two-Headed Spy 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Monkey on My Back 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Indian Fighter 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime Wave 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Riding Shotgun 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Tanganyika 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bounty Hunter 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Wax 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Man in the Saddle 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

None Shall Escape 1943 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thief of Bagdad 1939 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Actor (4)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Spontaneous Combustion 1990 (Movie)

Vandermeer (Actor)
Producer (4)

El Condor 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billion Dollar Brain 1967 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Play Dirty 1967 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Morgan The Pirate 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Morgan The Pirate 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Born and raised in Hungary, Andre de Toth came to the USA in the 1940s and became established as a workmanlike director whose films, notably his Westerns and films noir, were later hailed for their moody, psychological aspects. A genuinely colorful character, the one-eyed helmer has proven evasive in interviews, particularly in relation to his early life and career and his marriage to screen siren Veronica Lake. The son of a former Hussar turned civil engineer, de Toth disappointed his father by being asked to leave a number of schools and then by deciding not to pursue a military career. Instead, he allegedly showed an early artistic bent, having a one-person art show while in his early teens (he claims to have destroyed the paintings and sculpture). His first play is said to have closed before it opened but led to a meeting with playwright Ferenc Molnar who served as a mentor, introducing de Toth to various high profile individuals and obtaining writing assignments for the youth. After obtaining a law degree, de Toth reportedly entered the Hungarian film industry, working as a camera operator for noted cinematographer Istvan (Stefan) Eiben. During the 1930s, he reportedly lived throughout Europe and visited the USA on several occasions. While in London, de Toth worked in several capacities for the Korda brothers before heading to Vienna to work on a script. On one of his trips to Los Angeles, he claims to have done uncredited work on the script for 1937's "The Life of Emile Zola".

Relationships

Anthony Michael de Toth III

Son
born on October 25, 1945

Elaine Detlie

Step-Daughter

Ann Green

Wife

Veronica Lake Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 13, 1944 Separated June 1951 Divorced June 2, 1952

Veronica Lake

Wife
married on December 17, 1944 separated in 1951 divorced in June 1952

Diana Toth

Daughter
born on October 16, 1948

EDUCATION

Hungarian Royal University

Budapest 1934

Milestones

1980

Reportedly offered assistance on the feature "The Lion of the Desert"

1978

Worked as uncredited director of the flying sequences of "Superman"; some sequences also used in "Superman II"

1976

Made film on board minehunter HMS Bronington with HRH Prince Charles of England

1969

Produced "El Condor", directed by John Guillermin

1968

Executive produced and directed "Play Dirty"; replaced Rene Clement as director

1964

Seriously injured in a skiing accident

1962

Acted as a consultant to David Lean on "Lawrence of Arabia"; reportedly "found locations" and did uncredited 2nd unit work

1957

Directed the drug addiction drama "Monkey on My Back"

1953

Helmed "House of Wax", a 3-D remake of "Mystery of the Wax Museum"; first horror role for Vincent Price

1951

First of six films with Randolph Scott, the Western "Man in the Saddle"

1950

Shared Oscar nomination with William Bowers for the Best Motion Picture Story for "The Gunfighter"

1948

Sued by Columbia for nonpayment of part of his salary paid by Warner Bros; amount in question was roughly $1,400; under terms of his contract, de Toth had to pay Columbia a percentage of any salaries he earned on loan-outs

1947

Joined Enterprise Productions

1947

Directed first Western, "Ramrod", starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake

1943

Signed to a one picture contract with Columbia; helmed the war drama "None Shall Escape"

1942

Hollywood directing debut, "Passport to Suez"

1941

Relocated to Los Angeles

1939

Directed five Hungarian features credited as Endre Toth; the first, "Toprini nasz/Wedding in Toprin"

1939

Moved to England

1937

First film as screenwriter ("from story"), "Falu rossza/Evil Village"

1931

Entered Hungarian film industry (date approximate)

During the 1930s, made several visits to Hollywood

Worked at Hunnia Studios

Reportedly shot second unit work on James Bond films

Apprenticed as cameraman for cinematographer Istvan (Stefan) Eiben

As a teenager, had one-person art show; later destroyed his paintings and sculpture

Directed episodes of TV series like "Maverick", "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Westerner" in the late 1950s and early 1960s

Had first play produced at age 18

Worked as 2nd unit director for Alexander Korda on several films; only received credit on "The Jungle Book" (1942); reported to have worked on "Four Feathers" (1939), "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) and "Sahara" (1943), among others

Bonus Trivia

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On his uncredited work on "Superman", de Toth told Anthony Slide: "They earned the Oscars and I walked away with the best: happy memories."

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De Toth's motto was "Don't be careful, have fun."

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