King Vidor

Director, Actor, Projectionist
King Vidor's films range across all genres, but they are unified by a concern with the struggle for selfhood in a pluralistic, mass society. Influenced both by D.W. Griffith's realism and Sergei Eisenstein's montage ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Director (32)

Solomon and Sheba 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Man Without a Star 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond the Forest 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fountainhead 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

An American Romance 1944 (Movie)

(Director)

Comrade X 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

The Citadel 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Stella Dallas 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

The Texas Rangers 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

Cynara 1931 (Movie)

(Director)

The Champ 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Billy the Kid 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

Show People 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crowd 1927 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Parade 1924 (Movie)

(Director)

Bird of Paradise (Movie)

(Director)

Hallelujah! (Movie)

(Director)

Japanese War Bride (Movie)

(Director)

Lightning Strikes Twice (Movie)

(Director)

Love Never Dies (Movie)

(Director)

Northwest Passage (Movie)

(Director)

Peg O' My Heart (Movie)

(Director)

Ruby Gentry (Movie)

(Director)

Street Scene (Movie)

(Director)

The Jack Knife Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Mask of Fu Manchu (Movie)

(Director)

The Patsy (Movie)

(Director)

The Wedding Night (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Oranges (Movie)

(Director)

Wine of Youth (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (9)

An American Romance 1944 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Champ 1930 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billy the Kid 1929 (Movie)

(Producer)

Show People 1927 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Parade 1924 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hallelujah! (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Never Dies (Movie)

(Producer)

Ruby Gentry (Movie)

(Producer)

Wine of Youth (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (9)

War and Peace 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

An American Romance 1944 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Texas Rangers 1935 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Crowd 1927 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Crowd 1927 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hallelujah! (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Love Never Dies (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Jack Knife Man (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Wild Oranges (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (6)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Love and Money 1982 (Movie)

Walter Klein (Actor)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Souls For Sale 1922 (Movie)

Himself - Celebrity Director (Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

King Vidor's films range across all genres, but they are unified by a concern with the struggle for selfhood in a pluralistic, mass society. Influenced both by D.W. Griffith's realism and Sergei Eisenstein's montage aesthetic, Vidor has come closer to reconciling these strains than any other American director.

Relationships

Family
had three daughters with Eleanor Boardman

Father

Eleanor Boardman Actor

Wife
Married Sept. 8, 1926 their wedding was almost a dual ceremony with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, but Garbo changed her mind and never showed up fought custody dispute over two daughters divorced 1932

Elizabeth Hill

Wife
married in 1932

Florence Vidor Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Peacock Military Academy

San Antonio , Texas

Milestones

1974

Directed two short documentaries, "Truth and Illusion"

1959

Retired from directing

1929

Filmed first sound feature, "Hallelujah"

1925

Directed first hit, "The Big Parade"

1922

Joined MGM after Vidor Village shut down

1920

Formed Vidor Village studio

1919

Debut as film director with "The Turn in the Road"

1918

Directed shorts about reform work of Judge Willis Brown

1915

Shot first film (two-reeler), "In Tow" (date approximate)

1915

Drove to Hollywood (financed trip by shooting footage for Ford Company's advertising newsreel)

1909

Worked in Galveston's first movie theater, the Globe, as ticket-taker and part-time projectionist

Became instructor for UCLA graduate cinema class in the 1960s

Submitted original scripts to Universal under pseudonym, Charles K Wallis

Became amateur newsreel photographer, shooting local events and selling them to newsreel companies

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