Raoul Walsh

Director, Assistant director, Cowboy
With a film career spanning more than half a century, director Raoul Walsh was a highly prolific filmmaker capable of helming quality motion pictures in a wide array of genres that demonstrated a simple but ... Read more »
Born: 03/11/1887 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (70)

A Distant Trumpet 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Marines, Let's Go 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Esther and the King 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

A Private's Affair 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked and the Dead 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The King and Four Queens 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle Cry 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tall Men 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Saskatchewan 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Gun Fury 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lawless Breed 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The World in His Arms 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Along the Great Divide 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

White Heat 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

Pursued 1947 (Movie)

(Director)

Desperate Journey 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

High Sierra 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Manpower 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Dark Command 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

They Drive By Night 1939 (Movie)

(Director)

The Roaring Twenties 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

College Swing 1937 (Movie)

(Director)

Artists and Models 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Hitting a New High 1936 (Movie)

(Director)

Klondike Annie 1935 (Movie)

(Director)

The Yellow Ticket 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

Women of All Nations 1930 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Trail 1929 (Movie)

(Director)

In Old Arizona 1928 (Movie)

(Director)

The Oath 1920 (Movie)

(Director)

Evangeline 1918 (Movie)

(Director)

The Regeneration 1914 (Movie)

(Director)

Background to Danger (Movie)

(Director)

Big Brown Eyes (Movie)

(Director)

Blackbeard the Pirate (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

(Director)

Colorado Territory (Movie)

(Director)

Distant Drums (Movie)

(Director)

Fighter Squadron (Movie)

(Director)

From Now on (Movie)

(Director)

Gentleman Jim (Movie)

(Director)

Glory Alley (Movie)

(Director)

Going Hollywood (Movie)

(Director)

Hot for Paris (Movie)

(Director)

Loves of Carmen (Movie)

(Director)

Me and My Gal (Movie)

(Director)

Northern Pursuit (Movie)

(Director)

Objective, Burma! (Movie)

(Director)

One Sunday Afternoon (Movie)

(Director)

Sadie Thompson (Movie)

(Director)

Sea Devils (Movie)

(Director)

Silver River (Movie)

(Director)

The Bowery (Movie)

(Director)

The Cock-Eyed World (Movie)

(Director)

The Conqueror (Movie)

(Director)

The Deep Purple (Movie)

(Director)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Movie)

(Director)

The Man I Love (Movie)

(Director)

The Pride of New York (Movie)

(Director)

The Red Dance (Movie)

(Director)

The Wanderer (Movie)

(Director)

Uncertain Glory (Movie)

(Director)

Under Pressure (Movie)

(Director)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Girl (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

Marines, Let's Go 1961 (Movie)

(From Story)

Esther and the King 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Evangeline 1918 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Regeneration 1914 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Big Brown Eyes (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

From Now on (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Sadie Thompson (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Cock-Eyed World (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Conqueror (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Pride of New York (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (5)

75 Years of Cinema Museum 1971 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Birth of a Nation 1915 (Movie)

John Wilkes Booth (Actor)

Background to Danger (Movie)

(Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sadie Thompson (Movie)

Sgt. Tim O'Hara (Actor)
Producer (4)

Marines, Let's Go 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Esther and the King 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Regeneration 1914 (Movie)

(Producer)

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (1)

Birth of a Nation 1915 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (3)

Black Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

film extract("White Heat" (1949)) (Other)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

film extract("Gun Fury" (1953)) (Other)

Hearts and Minds 1975 (Movie)

film extract("Objective Burma" (1945)) (Other)

Biography

With a film career spanning more than half a century, director Raoul Walsh was a highly prolific filmmaker capable of helming quality motion pictures in a wide array of genres that demonstrated a simple but straightforward style. Starting his career as an actor during the silent era - which he continued sporadically thereafter - Walsh struggled to find his footing as a director until helming "The Roaring Twenties" (1939) for Warner Bros., which commenced a fruitful 15-year career that saw his best work come to light. Walsh worked often with some of Hollywood's top talent - Errol Flynn, James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth - on films like "High Sierra" (1941), "Gentlemen Jim" (1942), "Objective, Burma!" (1945) and "Colorado Territory" (1949). He made the archetypal gangster film, "White Heat" (1949) with Cagney, which served as an influence on countless heist movies made years later. But Walsh's fertile period came to an end when his contract at Warner Bros. was up in 1953. He went on to direct notable films like "The Tall Men" (1955) and "Band of Angels" (1957), but nothing that matched his heyday of the previous decades. Despite the 1950s drop off, Walsh's long and productive career marked him for consideration among the best craftsman at work during Hollywood's golden era.

Relationships

Father

Miriam Cooper

Wife
first wife married 1916, divorced 1927 starred in many of his films

George Walsh

Brother

EDUCATION

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

Milestones

1964

Retired after losing sight in other eye

1929

Began wearing eye patch after losing an eye during the shooting of Hollywood's first outdoor sound film, "In Old Arizona"

1915

Played John Wilkes Booth in "The Birth of a Nation"

1914

Film co-directing debut (with Christy Cabanne), "The Life of General Villa"

1912

Assistant director to D.W. Griffith

1912

Film acting debut

1910

Stage acting debut

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