Robert Aldrich

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Famed for his macho mise-en-scene and resonant reworkings of classic action genres, Robert Aldrich became a model for many younger directors in the 1960s and 70s. Along with such figures as Roger Corman and Sam Arkoff ... Read more »
Born: 08/09/1918 in Cranston, Rhode Island, USA

Filmography

Director (29)

All the Marbles 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Frisco Kid 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Ulzana's Raid 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Grissom Gang 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Killing of Sister George 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dirty Dozen 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Sodoma e Gomorra 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Sunset 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Ten Seconds to Hell 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Angry Hills 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Autumn Leaves 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Me Deadly 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Knife 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Apache 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Vera Cruz 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

World For Ransom 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Big Leaguer 1952 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (14)

Hustle 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Grissom Gang 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Killing of Sister George 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Flight of the Phoenix 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiss Me Deadly 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Big Knife 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

World For Ransom 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)
Production Management (10)

Limelight 1953 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 1951 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

M 1951 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Prowler 1951 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Caught 1949 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Force of Evil 1948 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Body and Soul 1947 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Pardon My Past (Movie)

(first Assistant Director)

The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (Movie)

(first Assistant Director)
Writer (5)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Too Late the Hero 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four For Texas 1962 (Movie)

(From Story)

Ten Seconds to Hell 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

The Big Night 1951 (Movie)

Ringside Boxing Spectator (Actor)
Other (1)

Fathers of Pop 1978 (Movie)

film extract("Kiss Me Deadly (1955)) (Other)

Biography

Famed for his macho mise-en-scene and resonant reworkings of classic action genres, Robert Aldrich became a model for many younger directors in the 1960s and 70s. Along with such figures as Roger Corman and Sam Arkoff, he was also a symbol of the free-spirit of independent filmmaking (although Aldrich had more interest in quality, and became renowned for substantive content and the interior meanings of his works.) He is best recalled for such horror classics as "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (1964), both starring Bette Davis. But, the director also tried his hand at more literary works, such as "The Killing of Sister George" (1968), and even commercial comedies like "The Longest Yard" (1974), starring Burt Reynolds.

Relationships

Lora Lawson

Mother

Mrs John D Rockefeller

Aunt

Edward Aldrich

Father

Adell Aldrich

Daughter
born in 1943 mother, Harriet Foster

Alida Aldrich

Daughter
appeared as a child in "Hush Hush ... Sweet Charlotte" mother, Harriet Foster

Kelly Aldrich

Son
appeared as a child in "Hush Hush ... Sweet Charlotte", later worked as a driver on his father's films mother, Harriet Foster

William Aldrich

Son
born in 1944 produced 1991 TV remake of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" mother, Harriet Foster

Nelson Aldrich

Grandfather

Harriet Foster

Wife
divorced mother of Aldrich's four children

Sybille Siegfried

Wife
married in 1965 survived him

EDUCATION

University of Virginia

Charlottesville , Virginia
played football; dropped out in 1941 to pursue film career

Moses Brown School

Providence , Rhode Island

Milestones

1981

Directed final film, "The Angry Hills"

1973

Reverse in fortunes lead to sale of studio facility

1967

Scored immense financial success with "The Dirty Dozen"; subsequently bought studio facility

1962

Produced and directed "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

1957

Directed most of "The Garment Jungle"; (film completed by, and credited to, Vincent Sherman)

1955

Co-wrote (uncredited) "The Gamma People"

1954

Formed production company

1953

Feature directing debut, "The Big Leaguer"

1951

First film as producer (associate), "Ten Tall Men"; also had bit part in Joseph Losey's "The Big Night"

1943

Worked as assistant director on films by directors such as Lewis Milestone, Abraham Polonsky, Joseph Losey and Charles Chaplin; first film as assistant director, Jean Renoir's "The Southerner"

Wrote and directed episodes of such TV series as "The Doctor" and "China Smith"

Through an uncle, got a job as a production clerk at RKO

Bonus Trivia

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He served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1975 to 1979. A special award presented by the Guild was created posthumously.

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While being interviewed for "Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G Robinson" (New English Library, 1983), Aldrich said that he thought the only reason he had not been blacklisted along with many Hollywood notables was because he was only a low-level assistant director at the time of the red hunt.

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