Peter Medak

Director, Assistant cameraman, Assistant producer
Hungarian-born Peter Medak escaped to England after the 1956 uprising in his homeland. He spent an apprenticeship rising from assistant cameraman to second assistant director with the 1962 remake of "The Phantom of the ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1937 in Budapest, HU

Filmography

Director (48)

Hannibal 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Assets 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Breaking Bad 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Horror 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

7th Heaven 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

By the Pricking of My Thumbs 1970 - 1971, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Chicago Hope 1970 - 1972, 1975 - 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Homicide: Life on the Street 1970 - 1972, 1975 - 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1987, 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

In Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Kindred: The Embraced 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Otherworld 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Remington Steele 1970 - 1972, 1975 - 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1987, 1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Return of the Saint 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980, 2000 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

South Beach 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Space: 1999 1970 - 1971, 1975 - 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Guardian 1970 - 1971, 2000 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Persuaders! 1970 - 1972, 1975 - 1976, 1979 - 1980, 1984 - 1987, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Twilight Zone 1970 - 1971, 1979 - 1980, 1985 - 1987, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

House 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Carnivàle 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wire 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

David Copperfield 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Strange Report 1970 - 1971, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Species II 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Pontiac Moon 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Let Him Have It 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Krays 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dancing Princess 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

The Emperor's New Clothes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

The Men's Club 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Babysitter 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Director

Zorro, The Gay Blade 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Changeling 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Odd Job 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Director

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Negatives 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Cry For the Strangers (TV Show)

Director

Mistress of Paradise (TV Show)

Director

The Third Girl From the Left (TV Show)

Director
Producer (2)

The Hunchback 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Kaleidoscope 1966 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Production Management (1)

The Phantom of the Opera 1962 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Man at Corner (Actor)

Biography

Hungarian-born Peter Medak escaped to England after the 1956 uprising in his homeland. He spent an apprenticeship rising from assistant cameraman to second assistant director with the 1962 remake of "The Phantom of the Opera". The following year, he began directing for TV for Universal and entered features in 1968 with "Negatives". Medak was responsible for one of the most deliriously vicious satires of English upper-crust folly, "The Ruling Class" (1972), featuring a tour de force central performance by Peter O'Toole. The director demonstrated his comedic touch with the middling "Zorro, the Gay Blade" (1981). The best known of Medak's subsequent films, "The Krays" (1990), was a violent look at a rather different segment of English society which featured pop singers Gary and Martin Kemp in the roles of two of Britain's most notorious gangsters while "Let Him Have It" (1991) was a based-on-fact story of a 50s murder case that involved a teenager of questionable intelligence. He also helmed the stylish contemporary noir "Romeo Is Bleeding" (1993). More recently, Medak has concentrated on small screen work, helming episodes of the acclaimed NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and the TNT remake "The Hunchback" (1997), starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek.

Relationships

Julia Migenes

Wife

Carolyn Seymour

Wife
Married Divorced

Milestones

1998

Directed "Species II"

1997

Helmed the TNT remake of "The Hunchback" starring Mandy Patinkin and Salma Hayek

1994

Directed episodes of the NBC police drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1993

Helmed the outlandish noirish "Romeo Is Bleeding"

1990

Returned to the milieu of London with the biopic "The Krays", about the rise and fall of British gangster-brothers

1981

Had modest success with the comedy "Zorro, the Gay Blade"

1972

Helmed "The Ruling Class" starring Peter O'Toole

1968

Directed first feature, "Negatives"

1967

First feature film as associate director, "Fathom" (also second unit director)

1966

First credit as associate producer, "Kaleidoscope"

1966

First credit as second unit director, "Funeral in Berlin"

1964

Returned to London to set up Universal's English operation as executive producer; work included producing and directing some episodes of TV series, "Court Martial"

1962

Signed long-term contract with Universal studios in Hollywood where he worked as asistant producer and second unit director on TV productions, "Arrest and Trial", "Channing" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour"

1962

First feature film credit, "Phantom of the Opera" (as second assistant director)

1958

Worked in major British film studios as assistant cameraman, assistant director and second unit director

1956

Escaped from Budapest and went to England during Hungarian uprising

Began film training at ABPC studios in Budapest at age 19

Bonus Trivia

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"The most important thing I've learned about this business is to never give up, under any circumstances. You have to hammer out your point of view and fax it and repeat it every day 10 million times. Eventually, someone will listen." --Peter Medak to PREMIERE, January 1992

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