Sam Irvin

Director, Screenwriter, Executive
This director of off-beat comedies spent many years as a marketing executive overseeing distribution at Spectrafilm in the 1980s. Sam Irvin began his career as an assistant to Brian De Palma, serving as associate ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1954

Filmography

Director (13)

Dante's Cove 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Fat Rose and Squeaky 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Elvira's Haunted Hills 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Garcea Si Oltenii 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Magic Island 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Backlash: Oblivion 2 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Guilty as Charged 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Acting on Impulse (TV Show)

Director

Deadly Skies (TV Show)

Director

Kiss of a Stranger (TV Show)

Director

Out There (TV Show)

Director

Too Cool for Christmas (TV Show)

Director
Producer (13)

The Swan 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Segment Producer

Big Brother 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Producer

Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Producer

Error in Judgment 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Broken Hearts Club 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

I'll Remember April 1999 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human 1999 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The First Time 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

When Time Expires (TV Show)

Co-Producer
Executive (2)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Executive in Charge of Production)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Executive in Charge of Production)
Production Management (1)

Home Movies 1979 (Movie)

(Production Manager)
Actor (1)

Magic Island 1996 (Movie)

Genie (Actor)

Biography

This director of off-beat comedies spent many years as a marketing executive overseeing distribution at Spectrafilm in the 1980s. Sam Irvin began his career as an assistant to Brian De Palma, serving as associate producer and production manager on the low-budget comedy "Home Movies" (1979). He also worked as a production assistant on De Palma's thriller "Dressed To Kill" (1980).<p>But for much of the 1980s, Irvin worked at the distribution house, Spectrafilm, working his way from marketing to special projects, including designing posters. During this time, the company distributed many US and foreign films, including Paul Verhoeven's "The Fourth Man" (Netherlands, 1982), Francois Truffaut's "Confidentially Yours" (France, 1983), Jean-Luc Godard's "The Detective" (France, 1985) and Fran Rubel Kuzui's "Tokyo Pop" (1988).<p>While working at Spectrafilm, Irvin produced the light comedies "The First Time" (1982), starring Wallace Shawn, and "Sticky Fingers" (1988), featuring Helen Slater and Melanie Mayron. He also won praise for the darkly amusing short "Double Negative" (1985). The featurette, which he wrote, directed and produced, was a sharply-observed look at low-budget filmmaking. Irvin moved to features with the black comedy "Guilty as Charged" (1992), starring Rod Steiger and Lauren Hutton in a tale of a religious fanatic who turns vigilante. His second feature was the sci-fi Western "Oblivion" (1994), which again boasted a twisted sense of humor and such Baby Boomer icons as George Takei and Julie Newmar.<p>In 1993, Irvin signed a deal to direct original movies for the Showtime cable network. His first two entries were the actioner "Acting on Impulse" (1993) and the surreal comedy "Out There" (1995). Reviewers noted Irvin's trademarks: a lack of pretentiousness or seriousness and such unusual, almost camp, casting choices as Adam Ant, Don Most, Dick Sargent, Jill St John and June Lockhart. Future Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton also had a small role in "Out There".

Milestones

1993

Signed deal to direct TV-movies for Showtime; first effort "Acting on Impulse"

1992

Feature directing debut, "Guilty as Charged"

1985

Directed, wrote and produced comic short "Double Negative"

1982

First credit as producer, on comedy "The First Time"

1980

Assisted De Palma on the feature "Dressed to Kill"

1979

First credit, as associate producer and production manager, on Brian De Palma's "Home Movies"

Served as vice-president of marketing, then vice-president special projects, at Spectrafilm in mid-1980s

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