Don Siegel

Director, Producer, Actor
The montage department at Warner Bros. gave producer-director Don Siegel the necessary tools to impart his signature economical, action-driven style that made films like "Riot on Cell Block 11" (1954), "Invasion of the ... Read more »
Born: 10/26/1912 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (37)

Jinxed! 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Rough Cut 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Telefon 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Charley Varrick 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Beguiled 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Mules For Sister Sara 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Death of a Gunfighter 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Coogan's Bluff 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Madigan 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hanged Man 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Director

The Hanged Man 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Bus Stop 1961 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Director

Hell Is For Heroes 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Flaming Star 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Edge of Eternity 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gun Runners 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lineup 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

A Spanish Affair 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Baby Face Nelson 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

An Annapolis Story 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Hell 36 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Riot in Cell Block 11 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

China Venture 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Count the Hours 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Duel at Silver Creek 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Steal 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Unto Night 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Star in the Night 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Stranger on the Run (TV Show)

Director
Producer (8)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Black Windmill 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charley Varrick 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dirty Harry 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Beguiled 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Coogan's Bluff 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Edge of Eternity 1958 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (7)

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Embarrassed Man (Actor)

Escape From Alcatraz 1979 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

Taxi Driver (Actor)

Charley Varrick 1973 (Movie)

Murph (Actor)

Play Misty for Me 1971 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Edge of Eternity 1958 (Movie)

Man at Pool (Actor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

(Special Effects)

Biography

The montage department at Warner Bros. gave producer-director Don Siegel the necessary tools to impart his signature economical, action-driven style that made films like "Riot on Cell Block 11" (1954), "Invasion of the Body Snatcher" (1955), "The Killers" (1964), "Dirty Harry" (1971) and "Charley Varrick" (1973) such high water marks in the crime and thriller genres. Though Siegel disavowed any notable style, his films were earmarked by their brisk pace, uncompromising violence, and heroes that frequently followed the same moral path as their villains. In doing so, Siegel won as much favor from critics and audiences as antipathy, with "Harry" receiving the lion's share of brickbats over its supposed anti-liberal stance. Siegel's strongest pictures were in collaboration with "Harry" star Clint Eastwood, whose own prominence was boosted by his work with the director in "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) and "Escape from Alcatraz" (1979), among others. Regardless of what side one came down on the Siegel debate, there was no denying that his four-decade career generated some of the most enjoyable and mature crime dramas to come from Hollywood.

Relationships

Doe Avedon Actor

Wife
Married in 1957 until Siegel's death in 1991

Viveca Lindfors Actor

Wife

Anne Siegel

Daughter
adopted with Doe Avedon

Katherine Siegel

Daughter
adopted with Doe Avedon

Christopher Siegel

Son
born August 4, 1952 mother Viveca Lindfors, stepfather, playwright George Tabori formerly married to actress Judy Geeson

Jack Siegel

Son
adopted with Doe Avedon

Nowell Siegel

Son
adopted with Doe Avedon

EDUCATION

Jesus College, University of Cambridge

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
appeared as an actor

Milestones

1982

Suffered a heart attack during the filming of "Jinxed" and his former assistant director on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" Sam Peckinpah directed some of the film without credit

1980

Subject of a Dutch TV documentary, "Don Siegel--Last of the Independents"

1970

First film as actor only, "Play Misty for Me"

1965

Directed first TV movie, "The Hanged Man"

1959

First film as producer, "Edge of Eternity" (also director and first cameo appearance)

1953

TV directing debut, "The Doctors"

1946

Feature film directorial debut, "The Verdict"

1939

Organized and headed Warner Bros. Montage department

1933

Joined Warner Bros. As assistant film librarian (hired by Hal Wallis)

1930

Performed with Hollywood's Contemporary Theatre Group

Worked in TV as director and producer; shows include "Johnny North" and "The Legend of Jesse James"

Acted with RADA in London

Promoted to assistant editor, then head of insert department, Warner Bros.

Directed several shorts in the early 1940s

Worked as second unit director for Michael Curtiz, Raoul Walsh and others and shot transition sequences for "City for Conquest" (1940) and "Blues in the Night" (1941) and compiled montages for "Casablanca", Yankee Doodle Dandy" (both 1942), and "Passage t

Bonus Trivia

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Siegel's 1964 film "The Killers" was the first movie to be made for the small screen, but was rejected for TV broadcast because of excessive violence and released to theaters instead.

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