George Sidney

Director, Producer, Actor
The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits--at one point 15 ... Read more »
Born: 10/04/1916 in Long Island City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (16)

Half a Sixpence 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Viva Las Vegas 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

A Ticklish Affair 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Who Was That Lady? 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Pal Joey 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Jupiter's Darling 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Me Kate 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Scaramouche 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Danube 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Anchors Aweigh 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

The Harvey Girls 1945 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Half a Sixpence 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Viva Las Vegas 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (5)

Greta Garbo: A Lone Star 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Republic Pictures Story (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits--at one point 15 consecutive box office winners. Though his artistry is not as renowned as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Busby Berkeley, Sidney can lay claim to having directed such classic musicals as "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) "The Harvey Girls" (1946), the 1951 remake of "Show Boat" and "Bye Bye Birdie" (1962).

Relationships

Ben Entratter

Step-Son

Corinne Cole Actor

Wife
Married 1991 until his death 2002

Hazael Mooney

Mother
appeared as one of The Mooney Sisters, a vaudeville act

Jane Robinson Costume Designer

Wife
Married 1973 until her death 1991

Louis Sidney

Father

Milestones

1995

Interviewed about his MGM years on American Movie Classics' "Unscripted Hollywood"

1968

Produced and directed final film, "Half a Sixpence"

1965

Received Emmy nomination for "Who Has Seen the Wind?"

1964

Produced the 36th Annual Academy Awards telecast

1961

Served as president of Hanna-Barbera Productions

1957

Began producing with "Jeanne Eagels"; also directed

1953

Directed third Oscar-winning short film, "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture"

1951

Directed remake of "Show Boat"

1944

Directed classic musical "Anchors Aweigh"

1940

Made feature film directorial debut with "Free and Easy"

1940

Helmed Oscar-winning short film "Of Pups and Puzzles"

1940

Directed Oscar-winning short film "Quicker'n a Wink"

1937

Directed experimental 3-D short, "Third Dimensional Murder"

1936

Became director of MGM screen tests

1935

Began directing "Our Gang" comedies

1933

Joined MGM as messenger boy

1921

As five year old, co-starred with Tom Mix in "The Littlest Cowboy", a silent feature

With wife Corinne, hosted local Los Angeles cable TV show, "Reel to Reel"

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the character actor of the same name.

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Sidney was the 36th member of the Directors Guild of America and served as its president for 16 years (1950-1966).

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