Irwin Allen

Producer, Director, Screenwriter
Nicknamed the "Master of Disaster," producer-director Irwin Allen almost single-handedly fueled the disaster movie craze during the 1970s with such classics as "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and "The Towering Inferno" ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1916 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (28)

Alice in Wonderland 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

Outrage! 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Producer

The Night the Bridge Fell Down 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Producer

Code Red 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Producer

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Return of Captain Nemo 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Producer

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1964 - 1970, 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Swiss Family Robinson 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dangerous Mission 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Girl in Every Port (Movie)

(Producer)

Adventures of the Queen (TV Show)

Producer

Cave-In! (TV Show)

Producer

Code Red (TV Show)

Producer

Fire! (TV Show)

Producer

Flood! (TV Show)

Producer

Hanging By a Thread (TV Show)

Producer

The Animal World (Movie)

(Producer)

The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Show)

Producer

Time Travelers (TV Show)

Producer

Where Danger Lives (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (13)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Swarm 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

(action sequences) (Director)

City Beneath the Sea 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Director

Land of the Giants 1966 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

The Time Tunnel 1966 - 1967, 1969 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964 - 1970 (Tv Show)

Director

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Animal World (Movie)

(Director)

The Sea Around Us (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Five Weeks in a Balloon 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Story of Mankind 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Animal World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (1)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Nicknamed the "Master of Disaster," producer-director Irwin Allen almost single-handedly fueled the disaster movie craze during the 1970s with such classics as "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and "The Towering Inferno" (1974). Allen cut his teeth on a number of adventure movies during the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Lost World" (1960), "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) and "Five Weeks in a Balloon" (1962), while also creating notable television series like "Lost in Space" (CBS, 1965-68). After directing "City Beneath the Sea" (NBC, 1971) for the small screen, he donned his producer's hat for "The Poseidon Adventure," one of the biggest box office hits of 1972. Allen went on to direct the master of all disaster movies, "The Towering Inferno," which featured an all-star cast of Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman, and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. But it was all downhill from there, as Allen exhausted the disaster movie genre by decade's end and retired in the mid-1980s from poor health. Despite a quiet end to his career, Allen's contributions to cinema were undeniable, while his influence on blockbuster filmmaking was felt well into the next century.

Relationships

Sheila Allen

Wife

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1952

First film as solo producer, "A Girl in Every Port"

1952

Directorial debut, "The Sea Around Us" (also producer and writer)

1951

First film as co-producer, "Double Dynamite"

1939

Produced and directed daily Hollywood radio program for 11 years

1938

Went to Hollywood as editor of "Key" magazine

Set up Windsor Productions

Formed own literary agency

Wrote a syndicated Hollywood newspaper column

Bonus Trivia

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He was named the NATO Producer of the Year and Fox Showman of the Year.

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