Blake Edwards

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Writer and director Blake Edwards was best known for helming the "Pink Panther" comedies of the 1960s and 1970s, but his contributions to entertainment stretched far beyond those wildly popular slapstick tales of the ... Read more »
Born: 07/26/1922 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Writer (63)

The Pink Panther 2 2009 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The Pink Panther 2006 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

(Story By)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Casino 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

10 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pink Panther 1969 - 1979 (TV Show)

Creator

Operation Petticoat 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Story By

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Monk 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

From Story

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Inspector Clouseau 1968 (Movie)

from character (Characters as Source Material)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

(From Story)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pink Panther 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Notorious Landlady 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Couch 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mister Cory 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Operation Mad Ball 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

He Laughed Last 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

He Laughed Last 1956 (Movie)

(From Story)

Bring Your Smile Along 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bring Your Smile Along 1955 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hey Mulligan 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Writer

My Sister Eileen 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Drive a Crooked Road 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Atomic Kid 1954 (Movie)

(From Story)

All Ashore 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All Ashore 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Cruisin' Down the River 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cruisin' Down the River 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sound Off 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sound Off 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)

Stampede 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Panhandle 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (46)

Victor/Victoria 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Director

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Julie 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Peter Gunn 1958 - 1961, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dick Powell Show 1958 - 1963, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director

Switch 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Skin Deep 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

That's Life! 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

10 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Julie -- My Favorite Things 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Julie and Dick in Covent Garden 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Julie! 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

The Carey Treatment 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pink Panther 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Days of Wine and Roses 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Experiment in Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Operation Petticoat 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Perfect Furlough 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Mister Cory 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

He Laughed Last 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Bring Your Smile Along 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Justin Case (TV Show)

Director

Peter Gunn (TV Show)

Director
Actor (32)

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

I Remember Me 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

James Garner: A Maverick Spirit 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bo Derek: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn: The Fairest Lady 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Julie Andrews: Back on Broadway 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dudley Moore 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Audrey Hepburn Remembered 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Mancini and Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Leather Gloves 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

Panhandle 1948 (Movie)

Floyd Schofield (Actor)

Strangler of the Swamp 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tokyo Rose 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Meantime, Darling 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Marshal of Reno 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ten Gentlemen From West Point 1941 (Movie)

Cadet (Actor)

A Guy Named Joe (Movie)

Flyer (Actor)

A Wing and a Prayer (Movie)

(Actor)

Guest in the House (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Ladies Courageous (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Marine Raiders (Movie)

Marine (Actor)

Monica Mancini... On Record (TV Show)

Actor

See Here, Private Hargrove (Movie)

Field Operator (Actor)

Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Show)

Actor

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (Movie)

Second Officer (Actor)
Producer (21)

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Victor/Victoria 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

S.O.B. 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

10 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Julie on Sesame Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Darling Lili 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Shot in the Dark 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boston Terrier 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Experiment in Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boston Terrier 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

Stampede 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

Panhandle 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

City Detective (TV Show)

Producer
Music (1)

Bring Your Smile Along 1955 (Movie)

("Jennie Dear") (Song)

Biography

Writer and director Blake Edwards was best known for helming the "Pink Panther" comedies of the 1960s and 1970s, but his contributions to entertainment stretched far beyond those wildly popular slapstick tales of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. He made a name for himself as a "modern cinema" original by combining a colorful visual style with a knack for layered jokes and subtle blend of high and low humor in films like "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961) and "A Shot in the Dark" (1964), and as the creator of the stylish detective series "Peter Gunn" (NBC, 1958-1960, ABC, 1961). A career-long collaboration with composer Henry Mancini's playful compositions became a crucial element in this creative vision. During the 1970s and 1980s, Edwards balanced his ongoing "Pink Panther" releases with more personal, dramatic material that explored the lives of aging artists and society's evolving sexual conventions, best exemplified in his 1979 hit, "10." Only a handful of Edwards' 39 films were hailed with Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, but ongoing creative disputes with studio executives compromised what might have been an even larger body of revered work. Misfires notwithstanding, Edwards earned enormous respect among the film industry and his comedies remained popular for generations.

Relationships

Julie Andrews Actor

Wife
Met on the set of "Darling Lili" (1970) and married shortly after filming Married Nov. 12, 1969; worked together in several film and television projects as well as the stage adaptation of "Victor/Victoria" Edwards passed away Dec. 15, 2010 with Andrews at his bedside

Denise Crosby Actor

Child-In-Law

Donald Crump

Father
birth father

Amy Edwards

Daughter
Vietnamese orphan adopted with Julie Andrews

Jennifer Edwards

Daughter
appeared in some of father's films mother Patricia Walker

Joanna Edwards

Daughter
Vietnamese orphan adopted with Julie Andrews

Geoffrey Edwards

Son
born in 1958 while a child, appeared in some of father's films later collaborated with father on several screenplays in the 1980s mother Patricia Walker

Gordon Edwards

Grandfather
died 1925

Sarah Haskins Consulting Producer

Child-In-Law

Jack McEdwards

Father
adoptive father born c. 1897 died March 9, 1992 in Los Angeles adopted Edwards after marrying his mother worked on many of son's films production credits included "The Man With the Golden Arm," "Advise and Consent," "I Want to Live," "Days of Wine and Roses" and "The Great Race"

Lillian McEdwards

Mother
born c. 1899 died October 9, 1990 at age 91 founder of the Screen Smart Set, an auxiliary that benefits the Motion Picture & TV Fund

Patricia Walker Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California

Milestones

1995

Had Broadway box office success with "Victor/Victoria: The Musical"; final collaboration with Henry Mancini

1993

Returned to the "Pink Panther" series with "Son of the Pink Panther"

1992

Executive producer of short-lived ABC series for Julie Andrews, "Julie"

1982

Scored international success with "Victor/Victoria"

1981

Had box office hit with "S.O.B."

1978

Final film with Peter Sellers, "Revenge of the Pink Panther"

1975

First collaboration with Tony Adams (as producer), "Return of the Pink Panther"

1964

First collaboration with Peter Sellers, "The Pink Panther"

1958

TV debut as a director (also creator, producer and writer), "Peter Gunn"

1958

First collaboration with Henry Mancini, "Peter Gunn"

1955

Film directing debut, "Bring Your Smile Along" (also writer; songwriter)

1953

TV debut as a producer, "City Detective"

1953

TV debut as a writer, "Hey Mulligan"

1948

Final film as an actor "Panhandle"

1948

First film as co-writer (with Lesley Selander) and producer, "Panhandle" (also actor)

1941

Film acting debut (bit part) in "Ten Gentlemen from West Point"

Bonus Trivia

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Edwards used the pseudonym Sam O Brown for his story and screenplay for the film "City Heat" (1984).

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Edwards was connected by marriages to the family of screen great Douglas Fairbanks. Donald Crump, Edwards' natural father, was the brother-in-law of Lucile Fairbanks Crump, niece of Douglas Fairbanks and Fairbanks family historian.

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