Sidney Lumet

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A consummate workaholic who helmed vibrant films well into his eighties, Sidney Lumet laid claim to being one of the most revered and most imitated directors of all time. Films like "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), "Dog Day ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Director (49)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Find Me Guilty 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Strip Search 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

100 Centre Street 1994 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Power 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Morning After 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Deathtrap 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wiz 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Equus 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Network 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Dog Day Afternoon 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Lovin' Molly 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Serpico 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Child's Play 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Offence 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

(connecting sequences) (Director)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Appointment 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Group 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pawnbroker 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

Fail Safe 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hill 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

A View From the Bridge 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fugitive Kind 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

That Kind of Woman 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Director

Stage Struck 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

12 Angry Men 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Danger (Movie)

(Director)

Getting Out (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (29)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Based on a True Story 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 (Movie)

Political Pundit (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Newman 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tramp and the Dictator 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Rod Serling: Submitted For Your Approval 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Fonda on Fonda 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

William Holden: The Golden Boy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

Unauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (7)

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Just Tell Me What You Want 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Last of the Mobile Hot-Shots 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bye Bye Braverman 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sea Gull 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Deadly Affair 1967 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

Find Me Guilty 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Serpico 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Story By

Biography

A consummate workaholic who helmed vibrant films well into his eighties, Sidney Lumet laid claim to being one of the most revered and most imitated directors of all time. Films like "Twelve Angry Men" (1957), "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975), "Network" (1976) and "The Verdict" (1982) were more than just classics - they became cultural fixtures that transcended generational demands. Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes, Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary. By refusing to "go Hollywood," he instead became strongly identified with the city of his youth, New York, the place where he filmed a great majority of his films. In fact, Lumet's use of the city became more than just location - he turned New York into a character just as vital and alive as Frank Serpico, Howard Beale or Sonny Wortzik. But it was the social realism which permeated his greatest work that truly defined Lumet - the themes of youthful idealism beaten down by corruption and the hopelessness of inept social institutions allowed him to produce several trenchant and potent films that no other director could have made.

Relationships

Gail Buckley

Wife
Married Nobermber 23, 1963 divorced in 1978 daughter of singer-actress Lena Horne

Rita Gam

Wife
Married c. 1949 divorced c. 1954

Mary Gimbel

Wife
Married in 1980

Baruch Lumet

Father
Born 1898 began his career in Poland worked at the Yiddish Art Theatre in NYC, then on and off Broadway devised one-man show, "Monotheatre Varieties" (1939), and toured with it for seven years appeared on TV and in films, including several of his son's was director of Dallas Institute of Performing Arts (1953-1960) wrote and starred in play "Autumn Fever" (1975)

Amy Lumet

Daughter
Born c. 1965 mother, Gail Buckley engaged to author P.J. O'Rourke in 1990

Jenny Lumet

Daughter
Born c. 1967 mother, Gail Buckley co-starred in father's "Q & A" (1990)

Gloria Vanderbilt

Wife
Married August 27, 1956 divorced in 1963

Eugenia Wermus

Mother

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York 1947

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York 1941 - 1942
Studied literature and acting; dropped out

Milestones

2007

Helmed "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke

2006

Directed Vin Diesel in "Find Me Guilty," as a mobster who successfully defends himself in a two-year trial

2001

Returned to TV directing for first time in over 40 years at helm of pilot for A&E series "100 Centre Street"; also penned script for first of 13 episodes and served as executive producer of series which ran for two seasons

1999

Helmed unsuccessful remake of John Cassavetes' "Gloria" starring Sharon Stone in role originated by Gena Rowlands

1997

Released "Critical Care" with a cast that included James Spader, Albert Brooks, Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft

1996

Wrote and directed "Night Falls on Manhattan"

1995

Wrote primer on filmmaking "Making Movies"

1995

Directed premiere of Cynthia Ozick's play "Blue Light" at Bay Street Theater in New York

1990

First film as solo writer (also director), "Q & A"

1988

Scored modest success with superb, small-scale "Running on Empty"

1982

Received fourth Best Director Oscar nomination for the David Mamet-scripted "The Verdict," starring Paul Newman

1981

Helmed the "Prince of the City"; first screenwriting credit; earned Academy Award nomination

1980

Formed LAH Film Group, with screenwriter Jay Presson Allen and producer Burtt Harris

1978

Directed the box-office bomb, "The Wiz"; cast then-mother-in-law Lena Horne as Glinda, the good Witch

1976

Received third Best Director Oscar nomination, directing the brilliant satire on TV "Network"

1975

Earned second Oscar nomination for Best Director for "Dog Day Afternoon," starring Pacino

1974

Helmed the star-studded blockbuster "Murder on the Orient Express"

1973

Resurrected career with the huge hit "Serpico," starring Al Pacino

1966

First feature as producer (also director), "The Deadly Affair"

1965

Enjoyed commercial success with "The Pawnbroker"

1965

British directing debut, "The Hill"

1964

First film directed for production company "Fail Safe"

1957

Feature film directing debut, "12 Angry Men"; earned Academy Award nomination as Best Director

1951

Graduated to director as replacement for Yul Brynner

1950

Joined CBS-TV as assistant director

1948

Taught acting at High School for the Performing Arts in New York City

1948

Final Broadway acting performance in "Seeds in the Wind"

1947

Founded own experimental acting group in Greenwich Village; began to direct Off-Broadway

1939

Only screen credit as an actor, "One Third of a Nation"; had played in Broadway version earlier in the year

1938

Acted on Broadway in "Sunup to Sundown," directed by Joseph Losey

1935

Broadway acting debut, Sidney Kingsley's "Dead End"

1931

Performed in Yiddish radio serial, "The Rabbi from Brownsville," with members of his family; Baruch Lumet wrote, directed and acted the leading man and grandfather roles, while Eugenia played the leading lady

1926

Moved to New York with family

Formed first production company, Sidney Lumet Productions

Directed such Broadway productions as "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1955), "Caligula" (1960) and "Nowhere to Go but Up" (1962)

Served in Far East as radar repairman for U.S. Army Signal Corps

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