Ken Annakin

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A versatile filmmaker, skilled at light comedies, dramas and oversized adventures, Ken Annakin was the director of such box office hits as "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1960), "The Longest Day" (1962) and "Those ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1914 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (33)

Gengis Khan 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pirate Movie 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Cheaper to Keep Her 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Hunter's Moon 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

The 5th Musketeer 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Call of the Wild 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Paper Tiger 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Duel 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle of the Bulge 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Crooks Anonymous 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fast Lady 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Very Important Person 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

(British exteriors) (Director)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Nor the Moon By Night 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Across the Bridge 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Land of Fury 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Loser Takes All 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Three Men in a Boat 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

You Know What Sailors Are 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Trio 1950 (Movie)

("Mr Knowall") (Director)

Holiday Camp (Movie)

(Director)

Hotel Sahara (Movie)

(Director)

Institute For Revenge (TV Show)

Director

Murder at the Mardi Gras (TV Show)

Director

The Story of Robin Hood (Movie)

(Director)

The Sword and the Rose (Movie)

(Director)

Value for Money (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Long Duel 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Biography

A versatile filmmaker, skilled at light comedies, dramas and oversized adventures, Ken Annakin was the director of such box office hits as "The Swiss Family Robinson" (1960), "The Longest Day" (1962) and "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965). He spent his twenties in search of excitement across three continents before returning to his native England and serving in World War II; the conflict would introduce him to the film industry, where he would begin his career in documentaries before moving to features in the late 1940s. A string of genial comedies and dramas preceded his association with Walt Disney Pictures, which yielded his biggest international hits, including "Robinson." Later, his talents were put to use on sprawling projects like "Longest Day" and "Flying Machines." Though his career wound down in the late 1970s, he remained active until a decade prior to his death in 2009; his body of work, filled with entertaining and enduring pictures, left him with a notable legacy in the world cinema community.

Relationships

Pauline Annakin

Wife
Married until his death in 2009

Jane Annakin Other

Daughter
Died of cancer in 1998

Deborah Peters

Daughter

Matthew Peters

Grandson
Mother, Deborah Annakin Peters

Milestones

2001

Published autobiography, So You Wanna Be a Director?

1988

Last completed film was "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking"

1968

Directed Robert Wagner in the crime comedy "The Biggest Bundle of Them All"

1966

Shared an Oscar with Jack Davies for their original screenplay for "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"

1962

Credited as a co-director on Darryl F. Zanuck's epic 1962 D-day drama "The Longest Day"

1960

Directed one of the Disney's biggest live-action hits of the era, "Swiss Family Robinson"

1952

First film with Walt Disney, "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men"

1947

Feature directing debut, "Holiday Camp"

1946

Joined Gainsborough films as a director

1944

Documentary feature film directing debut, "Make Fruitful the Land"

1942

Short film co-directing debut, "London - 1942"

1941

Worked as camera assistant with Verity Films

Bonus Trivia

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He was presented with the 2002 Disney Legends Award.

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Awarded an Order of the British Empire for his contributions to the British film industry in 2002.

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