Michael Anderson

Director, Producer, Actor
An intelligent and dependable British-born director Michael Anderson apprenticed under the likes of David Lean, Noel Coward (co-directors of 1942's "In Which We Serve") and Peter Ustinov, with whom he co-directed ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1920 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (34)

Adventures of Pinocchio II 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer of the Monkeys 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

The Sea Wolf 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

La Boutique de l'orfevre 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Millennium 1989 (Movie)

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Separate Vacations 1986 (Movie)

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Second Time Lucky 1984 (Movie)

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Murder By Phone 1980 (Movie)

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The Martian Chronicles 1979 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Director

Dominique 1979 (Movie)

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Orca 1976 (Movie)

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Conduct Unbecoming 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze 1975 (Movie)

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Logan's Run 1975 (Movie)

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Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

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The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968 (Movie)

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The Quiller Memorandum 1966 (Movie)

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Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

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Flight From Ashiya 1964 (Movie)

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Wild and Wonderful 1964 (Movie)

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The Naked Edge 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

All the Fine Young Cannibals 1960 (Movie)

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Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

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Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958 (Movie)

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The Wreck of the Mary Deare 1958 (Movie)

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1984 1956 (Movie)

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Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

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Yangtse Incident 1956 (Movie)

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The Dam Busters 1955 (Movie)

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Captains Courageous (TV Show)

Director

Rugged Gold (TV Show)

Director

Sword of Gideon (TV Show)

Director

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An intelligent and dependable British-born director Michael Anderson apprenticed under the likes of David Lean, Noel Coward (co-directors of 1942's "In Which We Serve") and Peter Ustinov, with whom he co-directed "Private Angelo" (1949), starring Ustinov in the title role. Anderson made a fine impression at the helm of "The Dam Busters" (1954), the exciting true story about the bombing of the Ruhr dams during World War II, then followed with the first film version of "1984" (1955) before shocking everyone with his outstanding work on the Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956). He produced as well as directed "Shake Hands with the Devil" (1959), a gripping drama set in 1920s Ireland that starred Jimmy Cagney as a medical professor hell-bent on Irish independence. Returning to a World War II setting, Anderson helmed one of his best pictures, "Operation Crossbow" (1965), and followed with "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966, adapted by Harold Pinter), a spy thriller lost amidst the spate of similar 60s films.

The well-crafted, if uneven "Logan's Run" (1976) marked Anderson's first foray into science fiction while "Orca" (1977) proved a mediocre attempt to capitalize on the success of "Jaws" (1975). Embarking on a career in television, he helmed the NBC miniseries "The Martian Chronicles" (1980) and received critical acclaim for his direction of the HBO movie "Sword of Gideon" (1986), a fictionalized version of the revenge extracted for the 1972 massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympics. After missing the mark with the sci-fi feature "Millennium" (1989), Anderson helmed the curiosity "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop" (1989), based on a play written by Pope John Paul II. The director then concentrated on the small screen, primarily guiding largely uninspired period dramas and literary adaptations like "Catherine the Great" (TNT, 1991), "The Sea Wolf" (TNT, 1993), "Captains Courageous" (The Family Channel, 1996) and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (CBS, 1997). His first feature in nearly a decade was the straight-to-video release "Summer of the Monkeys" (1998) which proved more suited to the small screen.

Relationships

Beatrice Gwendoline Anderson

Mother

Jan Anderson

Child

David Anderson

Son

Peter Anderson

Son

Betty Anderson

Wife
Divorced

John Anderson

Father

Michael Anderson

Son
born in 1943

Adrienne Ellis Actor

Wife

Laurie Holden

Step-Daughter

EDUCATION

London Polytechnical Institute

1934 - 1936

educated in France, Germany and Spain

Milestones

1998

First feature in nine years, "Summer of the Monkeys", a family drama better suited to television than the large screen; released straight-to-video

1997

Returned to Jules Verne territory for CBS movie "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

1996

Helmed remake of "Captains Courageous" (Family Channel)

1994

Directed "Rugged Gold" (Family Channel), set amidst the beautiful scenery of New Zealand

1993

Helmed TNT movie remake "The Sea Wolf", based on Jack London's novel

1991

Directed TNT miniseries "Young Catherine", about the early life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia

1989

Missed with feature sci-fi effort, "Millenium" and directed "La Boutique de l'orfevre/The Jeweler's Shop", based on a story by Pope John Paul II

1986

Nominated for CableACE Award for his direction of the HBO movie "Sword of Gideon"

1980

US TV directing debut, NBC miniseries "The Martian Chronicles", based on the Ray Bradbury novel; son Michael Jr had featured role

1977

Directed "Orca", starring Harris

1976

Ventured into sci-fi for "Logan's Run", winner of a special Oscar for its visual effects; York, son Michael Jr and Ustinov acted in it

1975

Helmed the well-acted, if old-fahioned melodrama "Conduct Unbecoming"; starred Michael York

1972

Directed Liv Ullmann in the period drama "Pope Joan"

1968

Helmed "The Shoes of the Fisherman", starring Anthony Quinn and Laurence Olivier

1966

Directed "The Quiller Memorandum", spy film starring George Segal as American secret agent investigating neo-Nazis in the 60s; Harold Pinter scripted, adapting from novel "The Berlin Memorandum" by Elleston Trevor

1965

Helmed fine "impossible mission" tale of small band of commandos out to destroy Nazi secret missile stronghold during WWII; third and last association with Todd

1961

Second film with Cooper, "The Naked Edge"

1960

Composed music for "Twelve to the Moon"

1959

Directed "The Weck of the Mary Deare", starring Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston; cast also included Redgrave and Harris

1959

Produced and directed "Shake Hands with the Devil", gripping drama of war-torn Ireland of the 1920s; starred James Cagney and included fine English thesps like Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Sybil Thorndike and Richard Harris

1957

Moved to Hollywood

1956

Directed Oscar-winning Best Picture "Around the World in Eighty Days", based on the novel by Jules Verne; nominated for Best Director Oscar

1955

Helmed thought-provoking version of George Orwell's futuristic novel "1984"; cast included Redgrave

1954

Directed "Dam Busters", exciting and intelligent film about blowing up German-held dams on the Ruhr River during World War II; starred Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave

1950

Solo directing debut, "Waterfront Women/Waterfront"

1949

Co-directing debut (with Ustinov), "Private Angelo"; also co-scripted with Ustinov (who starred)

1941

Served in the 48th Infantry Division of the Royal Signal Corps

1936

First film as assistant director, "The Mill on the Floss"

1935

Entered films as office boy at Elstree Studios

Formed Michael Anderson Productions (MAP) with Adrienne Anderson

Acted in "Housemaster" (1937) and "Stolen Life" (1939)

Worked as assistant director on "Pygmalion" (1938) and "French Without Tears" (1939) and unit production manager on "In Which We Serve" (1942)

Assisted Peter Ustinov on "School for Secrets" (1946) and "Vice Versa" (1947)

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