Norman Jewison

Director, Producer, Actor
A consummate craftsman known for eliciting fine performances from his casts, director Norman Jewison addressed important social and political issues throughout career, often making controversial or complicated subjects ... Read more »
Born: 07/21/1926 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Director (29)

The Statement 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Picture Windows 1958 - 1959, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Your Hit Parade 1958 - 1959, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Only You 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Agnes of God 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Rollerball 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Fiddler on the Roof 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Send Me No Flowers 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

40 Pounds of Trouble 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Judy Garland Show 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Director

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Dinner With Friends (TV Show)

Director
Producer (27)

The Statement 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bogus 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dance Me Outside 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Only You 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

In Country 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

January Man 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Moonstruck 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Agnes of God 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Soldier's Story 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Iceman 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Best Friends 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rollerball 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Billy Two Hats 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fiddler on the Roof 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Judy Garland Show 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Producer

Geronimo (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Walter and Henry (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (23)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Screenings: Norman Jewison 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Tell Them Who You Are 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Karl Malden: Workingman's Actor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

TV Director (Actor)

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Harold Knows Best 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fraulein Berlin 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Norman Jewison Film Maker 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (1)

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Highway 61 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

A consummate craftsman known for eliciting fine performances from his casts, director Norman Jewison addressed important social and political issues throughout career, often making controversial or complicated subjects accessible to mainstream audiences. Jewison transitioned from directing variety shows on television to feature films in the early 1960s, helming several forgettable studio-driven comedies. He emerged later in the decade with the gritty gambler drama "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) and the Cold War farce "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (1966). But it was his simple, but superbly acted small-town crime drama, "In the Heat of the Night" (1967), that etched Jewison's name in stone, thanks to an Oscar-winning performance from Rod Steiger and the immortal line, "They call me Mister Tibbs," uttered by co-star Sidney Poitier. Jewison went on to helm the unforgettable adaptation of the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971) before enjoying counterculture success with his take on the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973). Following the futuristic satire "Rollerball" (1975), Jewison had a series of critical and financial setbacks until the moving drama, "A Soldier's Story" (1984), which he soon followed with the box office smash, "Moonstruck" (1987). He again settled into a bit of a funk until emerging once again with the biopic "The Hurricane" (1999), perhaps his finest work since "In the Heat of the Night." Over the course of his long and venerable career, Jewison managed to keep himself relevant by continuing to tell stories that had universal appeal.

Relationships

Dorothy Irene Jewison

Mother

Margaret Dixon

Wife
married on July 11, 1953

Percy Jewison

Father

Jennifer Jewison

Daughter
appeared as a Skier in father's "Best Friends"

Kevin Jewison

Son
has worked on father's films, as well as on films like "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and "Dick" (1999)

Michael Jewison

Son
associate producer on four of father's films through "Hurricane" (1999) also served as post production supervisor on "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995)

EDUCATION

Victoria College, University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1946 - 1950
received an honor award for writing and directing many college productions

Malvern Collegiate Institute

Toronto , Ontario 1940 - 1944

Milestones

2001

Directed the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"

1999

Produced and directed "Hurricane", starring Denzel Washington as Reuben 'Hurricane' Carter, the 1960s world middleweight boxing champion, unjustly convicted of the murder of three white men in a New Jersey bar

1999

Helmed and executive produced feature-length documentary, "Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money" (Showtime), using the hype surrounding the finale of the wildly successful series "Seinfeld" (NBC) as his launchpad

1997

Appeared as himself in "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"

1996

Missed with pairing of Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in "Bogus"

1996

Played a TV director in John Landis' "The Stupids"

1995

Directed "Soir Bleu" segment of Showtime's "Picture Windows" anthology; also served as an executive producer

1994

Teamed with director of photography Sven Nyvist to provide a lush Italian backdrop for the far-fetched "Only You"

1993

Produced the TNT biopic "Geronimo"

1991

Provided Danny De Vito with a great vehicle, "Other People's Money", though the movie lacked the bite of Jerry Sterner's off-Broadway play; third film with Wexler

1989

Stumbled with "In Country", a poorly executed adaptation of Bobbie Ann Mason's acclaimed novel

1987

Had popular and critical success with the romantic comedy "Moonstruck", receiving Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations

1985

Received much less praise for his next stage-to-film adaptation, "Agnes of God"; first feature filmed in his native Canada and initial collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist

1984

Got career back on track with the popular and critical success of "A Soldier's Story", adapted by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Soldier's Play"; nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture; film featured Denzel Washington

1982

Made an officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor-General, the Queen's representative in the Canadian capital of Ottawa; the Order is Canada's highest civilian decoration

1982

Reteamed with Levinson and Curtin for "Best Friends", a romantic comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn

1979

Teamed with screenwriters Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin for "...And Justice for All", starring Al Pacino

1975

Helmed and produced the sci-fi thriller "Rollerball", scripted by William Harrison from his own short story

1973

Co-wrote screenplay (with Melvyn Bragg), produced and directed the film adaptation of "Jesus Christ Superstar", the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice pop opera

1970

First film adaptation of a successful stage musical, produced and directed "Fiddler on the Roof"; film received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director

1969

Produced Ashby's feature directing debut, "The Landlord"

1969

Depressed about the assasinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy, moved family to London for eight years

1968

Reteamed with McQueen and Wexler for "The Thomas Crown Affair"; checked out that year's Montreal Expo with Wexler and editor Hal Ashby and discovered a short film that introduced multiple screen effects, borrowing the technique for the film; Ferro created

1967

Helmed Academy Award-winning Best Picture "In the Heat of the Night"; received first Oscar nod for directing; also first collaboration with director of photography Haskell Wexler

1966

First feature producing credit, "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming"; also directed; garnered first Oscar nomination for Best Picture; initial collaboration with title designer Pablo Ferro

1965

After directing three "innocuous Hollywood comedies" ("The Thrill of It All" 1963, "Send Me No Flowers" 1964, "The Art of Love" 1965), found loophole in his contract and took over the direction of MGM's "The Cincinnati Kid" from Sam Peckinpah; first colla

1963

Based on success of "40 Pounds of Trouble", signed by Universal Studios to a seven-picture deal of which only three were ultimately completed

1962

Directed first film, "40 Pounds of Trouble"

1950

Worked in England as actor-writer with BBC (dates approximate)

1932

Gave readings of poetry by Robert Service at various Masonic lodge meetings at age six (date approximate)

Served briefly in the Canadian navy at the end of WWII

Returned to Canada to join the CBC's television training program, subsequently working with the network as producer-director

Founded Yorktown Productions

Began working for CBS in NYC, first revitalizing the "Your Hit Parade" show and then staging network specials like "Tonight with Belafonte" and "The Judy Garland Show" (directing and producing the special as well as producing the subsequent series)

After college, drove a cab to earn passage to England

Bonus Trivia

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Jewison became a decorated officer in the Order of Canada in 1982

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He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canada-California Chamber of Commerce in 1986.

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Named "Filmmaker of the Year" by the Motion Picture Bookers in 1991

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Embracing his ancestral occupation of farming, Jewison breeds cattle on his 200-acre farm outside Toronto.

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Jewison was originally set to direct the biopic of slain activist Malcolm X until Spike Lee raised objections and eventually assumed the project.

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He and his wife market "Norman & Dixie's Maple Syrup Ice Cream".

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