Samuel Fuller

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
A towering figure in the history of independent film, director Samuel Fuller unleashed his deeply personal, highly stylized vision of society teetering between greatness and disaster in such polarizing films as "The ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1912 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Writer (40)

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Street of No Return 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Falkenau, The Impossible 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

El-Lanaa 1983 (Movie)

from film("Shock Corridor") (Story By)

Thieves After Dark 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Red One 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Klansman 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Deadly Trackers 1972 (Movie)

("Riata") (From Story)

Shark 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shock Corridor 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shock Corridor 1963 (Movie)

(From Story)

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Verboten! 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forty Guns 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Hell and High Water 1954 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pickup on South Street 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fixed Bayonets 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Park Row 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Tanks Are Coming 1951 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Baron of Arizona 1949 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Baron of Arizona 1949 (Movie)

(From Story)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Shockproof 1948 (Movie)

(Story By)

Confirm or Deny (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Girls in Prison (TV Show)

Screenplay

I Shot Jesse James (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

It Happened in Hollywood (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Merrill's Marauders (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Scandal Sheet (Movie)

(Book Author)

The Command (TV Show)

Screenwriter

The Steel Helmet (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Actor (38)

Anything For John 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Somebody to Love 1996 (Movie)

Old Man on Highway (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Milim 1995 (Movie)

The Narrator (Actor)

Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

La Vie de Boheme 1993 (Movie)

Gassot (Actor)

Metamorphosis of a Melody 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Petrified Garden 1992 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Golem, the Spirit of the Exile 1991 (Movie)

Elimelek (Actor)

Missa on Musette? 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

Charlie Felton (Actor)

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Motion and Emotion 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sons 1989 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Street of No Return 1989 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long 1988 (Movie)

Gangster Boss (Actor)

Scorpion 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tell Me Sam 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Movie 1988 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

A Return to Salem's Lot 1987 (Movie)

Dr Van Meer (Actor)

Falkenau, The Impossible 1987 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Fuller at the Moviola 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Slapstick of Another Kind 1984 (Movie)

Colonel Sharp (Actor)

The Blood of Others 1983 (Movie)

Old Man is Small Cafe (Actor)

Thieves After Dark 1983 (Movie)

Zoltan (Actor)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)

Joe Corby (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Interceptor Commander (Actor)

Samuel Fuller & The Big Red One 1978 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

The American Friend 1976 (Movie)

The American (Actor)

Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street 1972 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

The Young Nurses 1972 (Movie)

Doc Haskell (Actor)

Pierrot le Fou 1965 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (25)

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Street of No Return 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Thieves After Dark 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Red One 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Shark 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Shock Corridor 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Verboten! 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Forty Guns 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Bamboo 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Hell and High Water 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Pickup on South Street 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Fixed Bayonets 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

Park Row 1951 (Movie)

(Director)

The Baron of Arizona 1949 (Movie)

(Director)

I Shot Jesse James (Movie)

(Director)

Merrill's Marauders (Movie)

(Director)

The Steel Helmet (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (10)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shock Corridor 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Underworld, U.S.A. 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Crimson Kimono 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

Verboten! 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

China Gate 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Forty Guns 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Park Row 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Steel Helmet (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

The Naked Kiss 1964 (Movie)

(16mm) (Photography)

Shock Corridor 1963 (Movie)

(16mm) (Photography)
Editor (1)

Street of No Return 1989 (Movie)

(Editor)
Other (1)

Tell Me Sam 1988 (Movie)

film extract("The Big Red One" (1980) "Pickup on South Street" (1953) "White Dog" (1982) "Run of the Arrow" (1957)) (Other)

Biography

A towering figure in the history of independent film, director Samuel Fuller unleashed his deeply personal, highly stylized vision of society teetering between greatness and disaster in such polarizing films as "The Steel Helmet" (1951), "Pickup on South Street" (1953), "Shock Corridor" (1963), "The Naked Kiss" (1964) and "The Big Red One" (1980). A former crime reporter who later endured some of the most brutal combat during World War II, Fuller served as a screenwriter before emerging as a director in 1950. His films challenged accepted notions of liberty, honor and patriotism through furiously paced, visually assaultive genre pictures informed by his experiences in the newsroom and on the battlefield. Fuller's heroes were flawed but clung to a code of ethics that clashed with political and social organizations, a status that Fuller himself embodied in his frequent battles with producers to deliver his films as he saw them to the screen. He fell out of fashion after "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss," a pair of savage indictments of the hypocrisy he felt was at the core of American society, and spent the next three decades fighting to complete films while funding his efforts through acting roles. In the years preceding his death in 1997, Fuller was transformed from industry pariah to patron saint of the independent film movement. A host of likeminded directors, including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, would acknowledge the debt he paid throughout his career to allow their unique perspectives to take root on screen.

Relationships

Samantha Fuller

Daughter
born c. 1975 appeared in "White Dog" and "Street of No Return" survived him married to Regan Farquar gave birth to daughter Samira Fuller Farquar on July 8, 1998

Christa Lang

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1997

Final acting role in Wenders' "The End of Violence" as Gabriel Byrne's father

1988

Directed final feature, "Street of No Return"

1982

Directed and co-wrote (with Curtis Hanson) the controversial "White Dog", about a stray dog that had been trained to attack blacks; film was not released in the USA until 1991 and even at that time, only in limited areas; NBC purchased rights to air the f

1980

Wrote and directed "The Big Red One", based onhis wartime experiences in Northern Africa

1977

First collaboration with Wim Wenders, "The American Friend"

1970

Cast as 'Movie Director' in Dennis Hopper's ill-fated "The Last Movie"

1965

Played himself in Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot le Fou"

1953

Directed "Pickup on South Street"

1951

Producing debut (also directed) "The Steel Helmet"

1949

Film directing debut with "I Shot Jesse James"; also scripted

1936

Screenwriting debut with "Hats Off"

1935

Published first novel, "Burn Baby Burn"

1928

Began journalistic career as reporter for THE NEW YORK EVENING GRAPHIC

1923

Became a copyboy at NEW YORK JOURNAL

1922

Moved with mother to NYC after father's death (date approximate)

Served in North Africa and Europe during World War II; awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star

Returned to Hollywood after military service

Directed occasional episodes of TV series like "The Dick Powell Show" and "The Virginian"

Moved to California and worked as crime reporter for THE SAN DIEGO SUN

Bonus Trivia

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Fuller has received the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and a Purple Heart.

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