John Sturges

Director, Editor
Reliable Hollywood craftsman who established his reputation in the mid-1950s with a series of intense, morally charged features such as "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and "Gunfight at the O. K. Corral" (1957), before ... Read more »
Born: 01/03/1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (35)

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

McQ 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Joe Kidd 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Valdez il Mezzosangue 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Marooned 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Ice Station Zebra 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Satan Bug 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

A Girl Named Tamiko 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Escape 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Sergeants 3 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Train From Gun Hill 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Old Man and the Sea 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Scarlet Coat 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Underwater 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Bad Day at Black Rock 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From Fort Bravo 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Jeopardy 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Right Cross 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Alias Mr. Twilight (Movie)

(Director)

Kind Lady (Movie)

(Director)

Mystery Street (Movie)

(Director)

The Capture (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl in White (Movie)

(Director)

The Magnificent Yankee (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Dared (Movie)

(Director)

The Sign of the Ram (Movie)

(Director)

Thunderbolt (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Valdez il Mezzosangue 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Satan Bug 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Magnificent Seven 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (4)

Scattergood Meets Broadway (Movie)

(Editor)

Syncopation (Movie)

(Editor)

They Knew What They Wanted (Movie)

(Editor)

Tom, Dick and Harry (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (2)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Reliable Hollywood craftsman who established his reputation in the mid-1950s with a series of intense, morally charged features such as "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and "Gunfight at the O. K. Corral" (1957), before moving on to bigger--though not especially better--productions.

Sturges began his career as an editor, co-directed the war documentary, "Thunderbolt" (1945), with William Wyler, and subsequently specialized in action and western features. Other notable films include "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963) and--Howard Hughes' favorite movie--"Ice Station Zebra" (1968).

Relationships

Deborah Lynn Sturges Wyle

Daughter

Michael Eliot Sturges

Son

Dorothy Brooks

Wife
married on January 5, 1945 divorced

Katherine Sturges

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Marin Junior College

San Rafael , California 1930 - 1932
received junior certificate

Milestones

1977

Directed last film, "The Eagle Has Landed"

1960

Began working on independent productions; co-founded The Mirisch Company

1949

Joined MGM

1946

Signed as a director by Columbia; diretorial debut "The Man Who Dared"

1934

Became assistant film editor, then production assistant for David O. Selznick

1932

Worked as assistant in blueprint department, then in art department, RKO-Radio Pictures

Served as captain in Air Corps during WWII; directed and edited 45 documentaries and training films

Worked as a film editor

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