George Pan Cosmatos

Director, Screenwriter
Proficient director of mainstream international and Hollywood genre features. Cosmatos's first memorable feature was "Massacre in Rome" (1973), a solid WWII drama starring Richard Burton and Marcello Mastroianni as ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1941 in Tuscany, IT

Filmography

Director (11)

The Shadow Conspiracy 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Tombstone 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Leviathan 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Of Unknown Origin 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape to Athena 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

director aerial sequences (Segment Director)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Massacre in Rome 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Beloved 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Escape to Athena 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Massacre in Rome 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (2)

Zorba the Greek 1964 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)

Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Proficient director of mainstream international and Hollywood genre features. Cosmatos's first memorable feature was "Massacre in Rome" (1973), a solid WWII drama starring Richard Burton and Marcello Mastroianni as, respectively, a Nazi colonel and a priest. He began his entertainment career working with a leading figure in international cinema, as an assistant director on Otto Preminger's epic "Exodus" (1960). In the late 70s, Cosmatos began to specialize in big-budget Hollywood and international action films, starting with the technically flashy, enjoyably old-fashioned adventure-on-a-train film, "The Cassandra Crossing" (1977), and followed up with "Escape to Athena" (1979), a lesser WWII action yarn starring Roger Moore and Telly Savalas.

One of Cosmatos's more notable films was "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), a vigorous sequel starring Sylvester Stallone as tortured Vietnam Vet John Rambo. Condemned as a reactionary rewriting of recent American history by some critics, the film was a huge and influential success. Cosmatos, meanwhile, has pointed to the film as a positive force in raising our consciousness about getting the remaining American POWs and MIAs returned home.

Cosmatos reteamed with Stallone for the carnage-filled yet forgettable "Cobra" (1986) and attempted to cash in on the success of "Alien" with "Leviathan" (1989), an underwater sci-fi pic. After a few years off, Cosmatos returned to features, taking over the reins of "Tombstone" (1993), yet another retelling of the Wyatt Earp story starring a youthful ensemble headed by Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.

Relationships

Panos Cosmatos

Son

Birgitta Ljungberg

Wife
Swedish died of cancer on July 7, 1997 at age 47

EDUCATION

National Film School

University of London

Milestones

1973

First came to prominence with "Massacre in Rome"

1970

Feature directing debut, "The Beloved/Restless" (also co-producer and screenwriter)

1960

Worked as assistant director on Otto Preminger's "Exodus"

Worked for NBC in Europe

Directed numerous commercials in Europe

Bonus Trivia

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"My pictures appeal all round the world. I do slick American pictures with a European sensitivity." -- G.P. Cosmatos

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