John Schlesinger

Director, Actor, Magician
John Schlesinger is celebrated for his ability to elicit sensitive performances from his actors, a skill which draws on his own experience on the British stage in the 1950s. His style is also influenced by techniques he ... Read more »
Born: 02/16/1926 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (24)

The Next Best Thing 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Terminus 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Cold Comfort Farm 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Innocent 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Pacific Heights 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Believers 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Separate Tables 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

An Englishman Abroad 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Visions of Eight 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunday, Bloody Sunday 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Far From the Madding Crowd 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Darling 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Billy Liar 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

A Kind of Loving 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

A Question of Attribution (TV Show)

Director

The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Show)

Director
Actor (11)

American Film Institute Salute to Dustin Hoffman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Man to Hang 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

Oh... Rosalinda! 1955 (Movie)

Gentleman (Actor)

The Divided Heart 1955 (Movie)

Ticket Collector (Actor)

The Lost Language of Cranes (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight of the Golds (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Believers 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Madame Sousatzka 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Darling 1965 (Movie)

(From Story)
Production Management (1)

Midnight Cowboy 1969 (Movie)

Restoration Supervision(25th Anniversary Restoration) (Production Supervisor)
Other (1)

Privileged 1982 (Movie)

consultant director (Consultant)

Biography

John Schlesinger is celebrated for his ability to elicit sensitive performances from his actors, a skill which draws on his own experience on the British stage in the 1950s. His style is also influenced by techniques he developed while directing TV documentaries--a period of his career characterized by extensive location shooting, tight production schedules and an emphasis on the role of editing in shaping narrative structure.

Relationships

Wendy Schlesinger

Sister

Noel Davis

Companion

Susan Maryott

Sister
committed suicide in 1963 at age 30

Bernard Schlesinger

Father
Jewish

Winifred Schlesinger

Mother
Jewish

Roger Schlesinger

Brother
twin of Hilary

Hilary Schlesinger

Sister
twin of Roger converted to Catholicism

EDUCATION

Uppingham public school

Rutland
equivalent of an American private school

Balliol College, Oxford University

joined Oxford University Dramatic Society; became president of Oxford Experimental Theatre Company; toured US with student company during final year

Milestones

2000

Directed the feature "The Next Best Thing", starring Rupert Everett and Madonna

1998

Helmed non-musical Showtime movie "The Tale of Sweeney Todd", starring Ben Kingsley in the title role

1989

Directed Verdi's opera, "Un Ballo in Maschera," (featuring Placido Domingo) at the Salzburg Festival in July

1980

Directed Offenbach centenary production opera, "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" at London's Royal Opera House

1972

Contributed "The Longest," a short film, to the official Munich Olympic film, "Visions of Eight"

1968

Directed first American film, "Midnight Cowboy"

1965

Directed the Oscar-winning Julie Christie in "Darling"

1962

Directed first feature, "A Kind of Loving"

1961

Directed first theatrical documentary, "Terminus"

1958

Began working for BBC-TV news show, "Tonight"

1952

Film acting debut in "Singlehanded"

1951

Worked with Ngaio Marsh's theater company in Australia and New Zealand and with British repertory companies

1948

Formed Mount Pleasant Productions with Alan Cooke

1948

Made 16mm short, "Black Legend"

Made first home movie at age 11 with 9.5mm camera

During WWII, served as architectural draftsman with Royal Engineers; made amateur film, "Horror"; entertained troops with magic act (fellow performers included Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter)

Became associate director of Britain's National Theater

Bonus Trivia

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Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his contributions to British cinema; awarded by Queen Elizabeth II (c. 1970)

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Underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2000.

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In January 2001, Schlesinger suffered a stroke.

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