Robert Mulligan

Director, Producer, Radio operator
Critically-neglected for his lack of a consistent, visual style in an era that prizes an auteur's distinctive stamp, Robert Mulligan allowed his stories to dictate their look, so there is nothing about the ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1925 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (23)

The Man in the Moon 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Clara's Heart 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Bloodbrothers 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Same Time, Next Year 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Nickel Ride 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Summer of '42 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Other 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Up the Down Staircase 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Inside Daisy Clover 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Baby, the Rain Must Fall 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Come September 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Spiral Road 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

A Tale of Two Cities 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Director

Fear Strikes Out 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defender 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (3)

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Nickel Ride 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Other 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Gregory Peck -- His Own Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Natalie Wood 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Critically-neglected for his lack of a consistent, visual style in an era that prizes an auteur's distinctive stamp, Robert Mulligan allowed his stories to dictate their look, so there is nothing about the black-and-white measured pictorialism of arguably his greatest film, "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), that would indicate he was the same man responsible for "Summer of '42" (1971), its pastel prettiness evoking the nostalgia of memory. The former divinity student started as a messenger at CBS and rose through the ranks, establishing himself during the 1950s helming fare for that network's "Playhouse 90", "Suspense" and "TV Playhouse", among other series. Noted for his deft handling of actors, Mulligan graduated to features with "Fear Strikes Out" (1957), an absorbing account of the personal problems which led baseball star Jim Piersall (Anthony Perkins) to a nervous breakdown. Before directing another film, he would helm two highly-acclaimed TV projects, "Member of the Wedding" (CBS, 1958) and "The Moon and Sixpence" (NBC, 1959), winning an Emmy for the latter.

Relationships

Elizabeth Mulligan

Mother

Robert Mulligan

Father

James Mulligan

Brother

Richard Mulligan

Brother
born in November 1932 starred in the sitcoms "Soap" and "Empty Nest" died in September 2000

Jane Sutherland

Wife
married in 1952

EDUCATION

Fordham University

New York , New York
graduated

Fordham University

New York , New York
graduated

attended a theological seminary; studies interrupted by service in World War II

Milestones

1991

Last feature (to date) as director, "Man in the Moon"

1979

Co-produced and directed "Same Time, Next Year", based on Bernard Slade's two-character Broadway play

1972

Directed and produced "The Other"

1970

Narrated and directed "Summer of '42"

1968

Dissolved Pakula-Mulligan Productions

1965

First feature credit as producer (with Pakula), "Inside Daisy Clover", an underrated Hollywood expose starring Natalie Wood and Robert Redford; also directed

1962

With Alan J Pakula, founded Pakula-Mulligan Productions

1962

Received Oscar nomination as Best Director for "To Kill a Mockingbird"; first Pakula-Mulligan feature

1959

Won an Emmy for directing NBC's "The Moon and Sixpence", based on the Somerset Maugham novel, starring Anderson and Laurence Olivier; also produced

1958

Produced and directed the CBS telecast of "The Member of the Wedding", adapted from the novel by Carson McCullers

1958

Broadway directing debut, "Comes a Day", starring Judith Anderson

1957

Feature film debut as director, "Fear Strikes Out"

1956

Directed "Victor Borge's Comedy in Music (I and II)" (both for CBS)

1955

Helmed segments of NBC's "The Alcoa Hour"

Worked in editorial department of THE NEW YORK TIMES during the late 1940s

Began working as a messenger for CBS-TV

Directed episodes of such CBS series as "Suspense", "TV Playhouse", and "Playhouse 90"

Served as a US Marine radio operator during WWII

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