Sam O'Steen

Editor, Director
Arkansas-born and Burbank-raised Sam O'Steen began his career as an assistant editor in 1956 and, from the early 1960s on, cut several superbly crafted Hollywood productions. He garnered his first Oscar nomination for ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1923 in Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Editor (32)

The White River Kid 1999 (Movie)

(Editor)

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

(Editor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

(Editor)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biloxi Blues 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Nadine 1987 (Movie)

(Editor)

Heartburn 1986 (Movie)

(Editor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

(Editor)

Amityville II: The Possession 1982 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hurricane 1979 (Movie)

(Editor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

(Editor)

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Day of the Dolphin 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Sterile Cuckoo 1969 (Movie)

(Editor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

(Editor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

(Editor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Film Editor (Editor)

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? 1966 (Movie)

(Editor)

None But the Brave 1965 (Movie)

(Editor)

Marriage on the Rocks 1964 (Movie)

(Editor)

Robin and the Seven Hoods 1964 (Movie)

(Editor)

Kisses For My President 1963 (Movie)

(Editor)

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

(Editor)
Director (8)

Kids Don't Tell 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Director

High Risk 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Director

Sparkle 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

A Brand New Life 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

I Love You... Goodbye (TV Show)

Director

Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Arkansas-born and Burbank-raised Sam O'Steen began his career as an assistant editor in 1956 and, from the early 1960s on, cut several superbly crafted Hollywood productions. He garnered his first Oscar nomination for his initial collaboration with director Mike Nichols, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966). Over the next three decades, the pair enjoyed a long association that encompassed such groundbreaking films as "The Graduate" (1967) and "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) to more popular movies like "Silkwood" (1983) and "Working Girl" (1988). Among his other important credits are "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Chinatown" (1974).

Relationships

Bobbie O'Steen

Wife
second wife survived him

Danielle O'Steen

Daughter
survived him

Kathleen O'Steen

Daughter
survived him

Mollie O'Steen

Daughter
survived him

Wendy O'Steen

Daughter
survived him

Dorothy Roberts

Sister
born c. 1919 died on May 27, 1996 of cancer

Milestones

1999

Final film as editor, "The White River Kid"

1999

Was editorial consultant on "Three Seasons"

1994

Final film with Nichols, "Wolf"

1992

Last collaboration with Alan J Pakula, "Consenting Adults"

1990

Served as editor on "Postcards From the Edge", helmed by Nichols

1988

Reteamed again with Nichols on "Working Girl"

1986

Served as editor on Nichols' "Heartburn"

1983

Earned third Oscar nomination for Nichols' "Silkwood"

1981

Helmed the ABC movie "The Best Little Girl in the World", a drama about anorxia nervosa starring Jennifer Jason Leigh

1976

Sole feature film as director, "Sparkle"

1976

Directed the sequel, "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby" (ABC)

1975

Earned an Emmy nomination for the TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"

1974

Received second Academy Award nomination for "Chinatown", directed by Polanski

1973

Directorial debut with TV movie, "A Brand New Life"

1968

Initial collaboration with Alan J Pakula, "The Sterile Cuckoo"

1968

Edited Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby"

1967

Second collaboration with Nichols, "The Graduate"

1967

Edited "Cool Hand Luke"

1966

Earned first Academy Award nomination for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"; debut collaboration with Mike Nichols

1963

First film as full-fledged editor, "Youngblood Hawke"

1957

Began career as assistant to George Tomassini on "The Wrong Man"

Served in the US Coast Guard during WWII

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