Robert Rossen

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Former boxer whose work as a writer and director of socially conscious dramas such as "The Body Beautiful" led to a writing contract with Warner Bros. in 1936. Rossen scripted around ten features over the next seven ... Read more »
Born: 03/16/1908 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (18)

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cool World 1964 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Billy Budd 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers 1946 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Roaring Twenties 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Racket Busters 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marked Woman 1936 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Walk in the Sun (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Blues in the Night (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Desert Fury (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Dust Be My Destiny (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Out of the Fog (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Sea Wolf (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Director (9)

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

They Came to Cordura 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

The Brave Bulls 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

(Director)

Body and Soul 1947 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hustler 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Brave Bulls 1950 (Movie)

(Producer)

All the King's Men 1948 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Former boxer whose work as a writer and director of socially conscious dramas such as "The Body Beautiful" led to a writing contract with Warner Bros. in 1936. Rossen scripted around ten features over the next seven years for directors including Lloyd Bacon, Mervyn Leroy and Lewis Milestone. His writing was influenced by his Communist affiliations and, although he had left the party in 1945, his involvement led to a subpoena from the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. In the four years that elapsed before Rossen was eventually tried and blacklisted, he established himself as an independent producer and director of note with films such as "Body and Soul" (1947), scripted by Abraham Polonsky, and "All the King's Men" (1949), an incisive indictment of political corruption.

After "naming names" in 1953 Rossen was allowed to continue working, but chose not to return to Hollywood. His subsequent output was uneven, but not without successes. "The Hustler" (1961) is a moody poolroom drama with its roots in an unproduced Rossen play, "Corner Pocket"; it was nominated for Academy Awards in every major category and inspired a Martin Scorsese-directed sequel, "The Color of Money" (1986), which again starred Paul Newman. "Lilith" (1964) is a tragic study of obsession set in a mental hospital and starring Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg; shot, like "The Hustler", by Eugene Shuftan, it was dismissed by US critics of that time of its release but is now regarded by many as its director's masterpiece.

Relationships

Carol Rossen

Daughter
formerly married to actor Hal Holbrook, with whom she had two children, Victoria and David survived him

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

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