Mark Rydell

Director, Actor, Producer
A former jazz pianist who appeared on Broadway and TV before beginning his directing career with series such as "Ben Casey," "I Spy" and "Gunsmoke," Rydell earned critical acclaim for his debut feature, "The Fox" ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1934 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Everwood 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Ending 2002 (Movie)

Al Hack (Actor)

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve McQueen: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve McQueen: King of Cool 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry Fonda: Hollywood's Quiet Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Havana 1990 (Movie)

Meyer Lansky (Actor)

Unauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

Romeo (Actor)

The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

Marty Augustine (Actor)

Crime in the Streets 1956 (Movie)

Lou Macklin (Actor)

James Dean (TV Show)

Actor
Director (15)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1970, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

I Spy 1965 - 1968, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wild Wild West 1965 - 1970, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Intersection 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The River 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

On Golden Pond 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fox 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Crime of the Century (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intersection 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Man in the Moon 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A former jazz pianist who appeared on Broadway and TV before beginning his directing career with series such as "Ben Casey," "I Spy" and "Gunsmoke," Rydell earned critical acclaim for his debut feature, "The Fox" (1968). He also won plaudits for his helming of "Cinderella Liberty" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). "On Golden Pond" (1981), a typical film, in that it displayed its director's fondness for sentiment and nostalgia, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Director. Rydell has subsequently made films only occasionally, some ("The River" 1984) doing fairly well with critics, while others ("Intersection" 1994 and the somewhat overly maligned "For the Boys" 1991) did less well with critics and public alike.

Relationships

Father

Joanne Linville Actor

Wife

Esther Rydell

Wife

Amy Rydell

Daughter

Christopher Rydell

Son
born c. 1963 played Bette Midler's son in Rydell's "For the Boys" (1991)

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois

New York University

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York

Chicago College of Music

Chicago , Illinois

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

Milestones

2007

Helmed "Even Money," a crime film about three strangers who become addicted to gambling, starring Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, and Ray Liotta

2002

Acted in Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending"

2001

Appeared as Jack Warner in the TNT biopic "James Dean"; also directed

1996

Helmed the HBO drama "Crime of the Century", about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping

1994

Directed "Intersection", starring Richard Gere and Sharon Stone

1991

Reteamed with Midler and Caan for "For the Boys"; Midler received her second Oscar nomination as Best Actress

1981

Received Academy Award nomination for Best Director for "On Golden Pond"; stars Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn received Oscars as Best Actor and Best Actress

1979

Directed Bette Midler to an Oscar nomination with "The Rose"

1973

Helmed "Cinderella Liberty", co-starring James Caan and Marsha Mason; Mason received a Best Actress Oscar nomination

1973

Played the violent Jewish mob kingpin, Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye"

1970

Produced first film, "The Cowboys", which he also directed

1968

Directed first feature, "The Fox"

1963

Worked as TV director in Hollywood, beginning with "Ben Casey"

1956

Film acting debut in "Crime in the Streets"

Formed Sanford Productions (film, TV) with Sidney Pollack

Appeared on CBS soap, "As the World Turns," for six years

Broadway debut in "Seagulls over Sorrento"

Began career as jazz pianist in New York

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