John Guillermin

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
A journeyman British director, John Guillermin received his film training in France following WWII. He worked on several documentaries and spent some time in Hollywood before returning to England where he wrote and ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1925 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (23)

The Tracker 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

King Kong Lives 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Sheena 1984 (Movie)

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Mr. Patman 1980 (Movie)

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Death on the Nile 1978 (Movie)

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King Kong 1976 (Movie)

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Shaft in Africa 1973 (Movie)

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The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

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Skyjacked 1971 (Movie)

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El Condor 1970 (Movie)

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The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

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P.J. 1968 (Movie)

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The Blue Max 1966 (Movie)

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Rapture 1965 (Movie)

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Guns at Batasi 1964 (Movie)

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Waltz of the Toreadors 1962 (Movie)

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Never Let Go 1960 (Movie)

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Tarzan's Greatest Adventure 1959 (Movie)

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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1959 (Movie)

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Hell, Heaven or Hoboken 1958 (Movie)

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Town on Trial 1957 (Movie)

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The Crowded Day 1953 (Movie)

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House of Cards (TV Show)

Director
Writer (1)

Never Let Go 1960 (Movie)

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Biography

A journeyman British director, John Guillermin received his film training in France following WWII. He worked on several documentaries and spent some time in Hollywood before returning to England where he wrote and directed his first feature, "Torment/Paper Gallows" (1949), an entertaining but unoriginal thriller. Guillermin went on to have a modest career helming films in several genres, including the modestly charming children's flick "Adventure in the Hopfields" (1954), the murder mystery "The Whole Truth" (1958), the caper "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England" (1960) and the highly-regarded farce "Waltz of the Toreadors" (1964). "The Blue Max" (1966) was praised for its stunning aerial shots and the playful relationship of stars Ursula Andress and George Peppard. In the 1970s, he oversaw several all-star features that were more impersonal gaudy spectacles than thrilling blockbusters. Among these were the "Airport"-inspired "Skyjacked" (1972), "The Towering Inferno" (1974), which owed much to its cinematography and special effects, and "Death on the Nile" (1978), adapted from an Agatha Christie mystery. Critics were divided over his remake of "King Kong" (1976); some found it clever and amusing, others banal.

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

Milestones

1986

Last feature to date, the sequel "King Kong Lives"

1978

Directed the all-star Agatha Christie mystery "Death on the Nile"

1976

Helmed the remake of "King Kong" which introduced Jessica Lange

1974

Directed the all-star "disaster" film "The Towering Inferno"

1968

Reteamed with Peppard on "P.J."

1966

First film with George Peppard, "The Blue Max"

1962

Helmed the adaptation of "The Waltz of the Torreadors", starring Peter Sellers

1959

Directed first Tarzan feature, "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure"; featured in cast was Sean Connery

1949

Directed first feature "Torment/Paper Gallows"; also scripted and co-produced

1946

Worked as assistant director on documentary films, many shot in France

Served in the Royal Air Force during WWII

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