Michael Winner

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
While still in his teens, director Michael Winner had begun working as a film critic, publishing pieces in various London papers like The Evening Standard and The Spectator. After studies at Cambridge ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1935 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (26)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Dirty Weekend 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Bullseye! 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Scream For Help 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Scorpio 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Chato's Land 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Lawman 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mechanic 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nightcomers 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Games 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The System 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder on the Campus (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (19)

Ladies of London 2014 (Tv Show)

Producer

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dirty Weekend 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bullseye! 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scream For Help 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chato's Land 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lawman 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Murder on the Campus (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (12)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dirty Weekend 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Chorus of Disapproval 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hannibal Brooks 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

from his story (From Story)

Murder on the Campus (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Editor (6)

Parting Shots 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

Appointment With Death 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

(Editor)

Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Wicked Lady 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (2)

Burke and Hare 2011 (Movie)

Gentlemen Passenger (Actor)

Decadence 1994 (Movie)

The Entourage (Actor)

Biography

While still in his teens, director Michael Winner had begun working as a film critic, publishing pieces in various London papers like The Evening Standard and The Spectator. After studies at Cambridge, where he edited Varsity, he entered the film industry in earnest. Working his way up through the ranks, Winner directed his first television projects in the 1950s. By the middle of the decade, he had begun to edit, write, produce and direct a series of short films, most notably "Haunted England" (1959). Winner founded his own production company, Scimitar Films, and went on to direct his first feature the teen musical "Play It Cool" in 1962. Other films of that ilk followed until he switched gears with the crime drama "West 11" (1963). He hit his peak in the mid-1960s with a series of taut, cynical films starring Oliver Reed, including "The System/The Girl-Getters" (1964) and "The Jokers" (1966). Winner then moved to Hollywood and directed several ambitious, but mostly unexceptional films. He was perhaps best known for his six films with Charles Bronson, most particularly "Death Wish" (1974) and its first two sequels.

Relationships

Vanessa Perry

Companion
dating in the late 1990s

Jenny Seagrove Actor

Companion
involved in early 1990s

Helen Winner

Mother
Polish refugee Jewish died in 1984

EDUCATION

St Christopher School

Downing College, University of Cambridge

entered university at age 17; graduated with honors; served as film critic and editor of VARSITY

Downing College, University of Cambridge

entered university at age 17; graduated with honors; served as film critic and editor of VARSITY

Milestones

1993

Had featured role in Steven Berkoff's film "Decadence"

1990

Acted onstage in "For the Greater Good", staged by Danny Boyle

1989

Adapted the Alan Ayckbourne play "A Chorus of Disapproval" as a feature; also produced and directed; film re-released in the USA in 1997

1985

Directed "Death Wish 3", again with Bronson in the lead

1981

Reteamed with Bronson for "Death Wish II"

1978

Produced, wrote and directed the remake of "The Big Sleep", starring Robert Mitchum

1977

Wrote, produced and directed the horror film "The Sentinel"

1974

Directed Bronson in "Death Wish"

1972

First screen collaborations with Charles Bronson, "Chato's Land" and "The Mechanic"

1967

Producing debut "I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name"; also directed

1967

Provided story and directed "The Jokers"

1964

Received critical praise for "The System/The Girl Getters"

1962

Feature directing debut, "Play It Cool"

1960

Theatrical feature directing debut, "Climb Up the Wall" (a revue including extracts from earlier films; also co-writer)

1959

Formed Scimitar Films

1958

Wrote feature "Man with a Gun"

1955

Directed, wrote, edited and produced a series of short films

1952

Entered industry as film critic and entertainment columnist for THE EVENING STANDARD, THE SPECTATOR and THE SUNDAY TIMES

Made TV directing debut with BBC in 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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"You must understand that I am basically a shy and lonely person. Remember my childhood--I was shuffled between two worlds--a school where I didn't fit and a suburban Jewish home where I didn't fit. I was a loner and very shy then. There's still a lot of that 13-year-old in me now; for instance I always carry dark glasses with me because I read somewhere that upset shows in the eyes, so if I'm upset I go out in dark glasses." --Michael Winner to Des Wilson in THE OBSERVER, July 4, 1974

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