Stanley Kramer

Producer, Director, Researcher
Stanley Kramer made his reputation during the 1950s and 60s as one of the few producers and directors willing to tackle issues most studios sought to avoid, such as racism, the Holocaust and nuclear annihilation. He ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1913 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (33)

The Runner Stumbles 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bless The Beasts & Children 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

R.P.M. 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

(Producer)

Invitation to a Gunfighter 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pressure Point 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

(Producer)

On the Beach 1959 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Caine Mutiny 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Juggler 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild One 1953 (Movie)

(Producer)

High Noon 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Four Poster 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Happy Time 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Member Of The Wedding 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Death of a Salesman 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Champion 1949 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Six Convicts (Movie)

(Producer)

The Member of the Wedding (Movie)

(Producer)

The Men (Movie)

(Producer)

The Moon and Sixpence (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Sniper (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (16)

The Runner Stumbles 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Oklahoma Crude 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Bless The Beasts & Children 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

R.P.M. 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Inherit the Wind 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

On the Beach 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pride and the Passion 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Not As a Stranger 1955 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cary Grant: The Leading Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Kelly -- The American Princess 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey Into Self 1968 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Other (3)

Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, His Life and Times 1988 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Journey Into Self 1968 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

So Ends Our Night 1940 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Stanley Kramer made his reputation during the 1950s and 60s as one of the few producers and directors willing to tackle issues most studios sought to avoid, such as racism, the Holocaust and nuclear annihilation. He came to Hollywood an aspiring writer and hooked on with MGM, working first as a scenery mover and carpenter and then in their research department before spending three years there as an editor. He wrote for radio as well as for Columbia and Republic Studios for awhile, but it was as a strong-willed independent producer that Kramer would finally make his mark. Though his first feature ("So This Is New York", 1948) flopped, he hit his stride with his next one, the intense and exciting anti-boxing pic "Champion" (1949), which propelled Kirk Douglas to stardom and launched Mark Robson's career as an important director.

Relationships

Casey Kramer

Daughter
mother, Anne Pearce acted in father's "The Runner Stumbles" (1979)

Karen Kramer

Wife
married in 1977

Jennifer Kramer

Daughter
studied acting with Mike Nichols mother, Karen Sharpe acted in "The Runner Stumbles"

Katherine Kramer

Daughter
born c. 1968 mother, Karen Sharpe acted in "The Runner Stumbles"

Larry Kramer

Son
mother, Anne Pearce died October 31, 2010 due to complications from a fall

Anne Pearce

Wife
married in 1950 divorced died on December 3, 2000 at age 74

EDUCATION

DeWitt Clinton High School

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York 1933
contributed to monthly publication NYU Medley

Milestones

1997

Published autobiography, "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World: A Life in Hollywood", written with Thomas M Coffey

1982

Was the subject of the TV documentary, "Stanley Kramer on Film"

1979

Last feature directing and producing credit to date, "The Runner Stumbles"

1975

Created, produced and directed the ABC comedy pilot, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", based on his 1967 feature film

1974

Directed the three ABC-TV documentary specials, "Judgment: The Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg", "Judgment: The Court-Martial of the Tiger of Malaya, General Yamashita" and "Judgment: The Court-Martial of Lt. William Calley"; Kramer also produced and

1968

Was an interviewee on the ABC documentary special, "Sophia", a biography of Sophia Loren

1967

Last film with Tracy (and Tracy's last film), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", was also Kramer's last major success; earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and as Best Director

1967

Appeared on the NBC documentary special, "Bogart", a portrait of Humphrey Bogart

1965

Returned to more serious fare with film version of Katherine Anne Porter's "Ship of Fools"; film nominated for Best Picture Oscar

1964

Last feature producing credit on a film he did not also direct, "Invitation to a Gunfighter", directed by Richard Wilson

1963

Turned to comedy for "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World", achieving mixed results

1961

Returned to the courtroom with "Judgment at Nurenberg", a fictionalized account of the prosecution of German War criminals following WWII; Oscar nominated as producer (Best Picture) and Best Director

1960

First of four movies with Spencer Tracey, the screen adaptation of "Inherit the Wind", about the 1925 Scopes' "monkey" trial

1959

Depicted the world facing nuclear destruction in "On the Beach", arranging for it to open simultaneously in 18 cities, including Moscow; the noted scientist and anti-nuclear advocate Linus Pauling speculated, "It may be that some years from now we can loo

1958

Helmed "The Defiant Ones", regarded by most critics as his best directorial effort; Kramer earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (as producer) and Best Director

1955

First film as director, "Not as a Stranger", a smash hit which critics decried as a trashy trifle

1954

Columbia bought out his contract before release of "The Caine Mutiny", reacting to heavy losses incurred by its predecessors; film earned Kramer an Oscar nomination

1952

Garnered first Academy Award nomination as producer of "High Noon"

1951

Production unit became the Stanley Kramer Company, committed to producing 30 films in five years for Columbia

1949

Began addressing social issues with "Home of the Brave"

1949

Scored first commercial success as producer with "Champion" (also based on a Lardner tale), which brought stardom to Kirk Douglas, Ruth Roman and Lola Albright and launched Mark Robson's career as an important director

1948

Produced first film, "So This Is New York", based on Lardner's "The Big Town"

1941

Was an associate producer of "The Moon and Sixpence", directed by Albert Lewin

1940

Was a production assistant on the feature, "So Ends Our Night", directed by John Cromwell

1936

Joined a short film unit at MGM headed by Jack Chertok; worked as a production assistant

1934

Worked in MGM's editing department for three years (dates approximate)

Established Screen Plays Inc with Sam Katz, Carl Foreman and George Glass as partners, acquiring the rights to the stories of Ring Lardner

Appeared on a number of Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies" specials focusing on Grace Kelly, Montgomery Clift, Cary Grant, and Anthony Quinn

Wrote for radio programs including "Big Town", a CBS program featuring Edward G. Robinson, and "The Rudy Vallee Show"

Moved from California to Seattle where he taught at the University of Washington and at Bellevue Community College

Was on the writing staffs at both Columbia and Republic Studios

Worked for MGM as a scenery mover and as a carpenter

Made training and orientation films for the Signal Corps during WWII, emerging as a first lieutenant

Worked briefly for MGM's research department

Moved to Hollywood after graduating from college

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list September 23 as Mr. Kramer's birthdate.

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