Richard Fleischer

Director
The director of nearly 50 films, Richard Fleischer enjoyed an incredibly diverse career helming B-movie thrillers, effects-laden spectaculars, and star-studded epics. The son of animation innovator Max Fleischer, he ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (41)

Call From Space 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Million Dollar Mystery 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Sonja 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Conan the Destroyer 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Tough Enough 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Amityville 3-D 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Ashanti 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Mandingo 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Incredible Sarah 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Majestyk 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Soylent Green 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Spikes Gang 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Don Is Dead 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The New Centurions 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

10 Rillington Place 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

See No Evil 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Run 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Che! 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boston Strangler 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor Dolittle 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Fantastic Voyage 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Barabbas 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Gamble 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Crack in the Mirror 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Compulsion 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Vikings 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

These Thousand Hills 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Bandido 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Between Heaven and Hell 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Violent Saturday 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Arena 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

The Happy Time 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

The Narrow Margin 1952 (Movie)

(Director)

Bodyguard 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Design for Death (Movie)

(Director)

Follow Me Quietly (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 2011 (Movie)

HImself (Actor)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Numbers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (1)

North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

pre-production manager (Production Manager)

Biography

The director of nearly 50 films, Richard Fleischer enjoyed an incredibly diverse career helming B-movie thrillers, effects-laden spectaculars, and star-studded epics. The son of animation innovator Max Fleischer, he began his filmmaking journey at RKO where his documentary short "Design for Death" (1947) earned him an Oscar as producer. He would be forever remembered for crafting one of cinema's greatest film noirs with "The Narrow Margin" (1952) and giving Walt Disney his first live-action hit with the big-budget adaptation of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954). He spent much of the following decade oscillating between true-crime stories and sweeping adventures with films like "The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing" (1955), "The Vikings" (1958), "Compulsion" (1959) and "Fantastic Voyage" (1966). Eventually, expensive disappoints like "Doctor Doolittle" (1967) and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) began to weaken his once unshakable stature with the studios of the day. Fleischer's later output consisted largely of a combination of cult-favorite genre films and outright embarrassments, "The New Centurions" (1972), "Soylent Green" (1973), "Mandingo" (1975) and "The Jazz Singer" (1980), among them. Well known in the industry for his ability to deal with such difficult personalities as Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles and Rex Harrison, Fleischer related some of the juiciest tales in his 1993 autobiography, Just Tell Me When to Cry. While never a household name, Fleischer nonetheless oversaw some of the most enjoyable cinematic offerings of the 20th Century.

Relationships

Essie Fleischer

Mother

Mary Dickson

Wife
co-student at Yale married in 1944

Max Fleischer

Father
headed Fleischer Studios perhaps most famous creation was Betty Boop

Ruth Fleischer

Sister

Charlie Fleischer

Uncle

Dave Fleischer

Uncle

Louis Fleischer

Uncle
at one time worked at Fleischer Studios

EDUCATION

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Milestones

1955

Founded Nautilus Productions

1946

Feature film directing debut, "Child of Divorce"

1942

First short as screenwriter, "Air Crew"

1942

Short film directing debut, "Memo For Joe"

1941

Became newsreel editor

1941

Made editor, co-writer and director on RKO's Pathe Newsreel series, "This Is America" (from 1942) and director-producer on "Flickers Flashback" silent film compliations

1940

Joined RKO as production assistant

1937

Formed stage troupe The Arena Players, directing and producing all their shows

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