Director Wendkos dies

The filmmaker, best known for his work on the 1959 surfing film starring Sandra Dee, passed away on Thursday (12Nov09) due to a lung infection following a stroke, according to Reuters.

During Wendkos’ 50-year career he also worked on movies Guns of the Magnificent Seven and The Legend of Lizzie Borden, and his first narrative film – The Burglar – helped launch screen legend Jayne Mansfield’s career.

Wendkos, who previously served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, is survived by his wife – television producer Lin Bolen – son Jordan, as well as a granddaughter, niece and nephews.