These People Directed Influential American Westernsby majfoalbkeopaza | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
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Actor | Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...
One-Eyed Jacks (1961) (inducted 2018)
Actor | The General
Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...
Writer | The Great Dictator
Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...
Actor | The Postman
Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle ...
Actor | Million Dollar Baby
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...
Director | Gosford Park
Robert Altman was born on February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there, he went to Rockhurst High School. It was then that he started...
7. Mel Brooks
Actor | Spaceballs
Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He served in WWII, and afterwards got a job playing the drums at nightclubs in the Catskills. Brooks eventually started a comedy act and also worked in radio and as Master Entertainer at Grossinger's Resort before going to ...
Blazing Saddles (1974) (inducted 2006)
8. John Ford
Director | The Quiet Man
John Ford came to Hollywood following one of his brothers, an actor. Asked what brought him to Hollywood, he replied "The train". He became one of the most respected directors in the business, in spite of being known for his westerns, which were not considered "serious" film. He won six Oscars, ...
The Tornado (1917), The Scrapper (1917), The Soul Herder (1917), Straight Shooting (1917), The Secret Man (1917), A Marked Man (1917), Bucking Broadway (1917), The Phantom Riders (1918), Wild Women (1918), Thieves' Gold (1918), The Scarlet Drop (1918), Hell Bent (1918), A Woman's Fool (1918), Three Mounted Men (1918), Roped (1919), The Fighting Brothers (1919), A Fight for Love (1919), Rustlers (1919), Bare Fists (1919), Gun Law (1919), By Indian Post (1919), The Gun Packer (1919), Riders of Vengeance (1919), The Last Outlaw (1919), The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1919), Ace of the Saddle (1919), Rider of the Law (1919), A Gun Fightin' Gentleman (1919), Marked Men (1919), Just Pals (1920), The Big Punch (1921), The Freeze-Out (1921), The Wallop (1921), Desperate Trails (1921), Action (1921), Sure Fire (1921), Three Jumps Ahead (1923) The Iron Horse (1924) (inducted 2011) 3 Bad Men (1926) Stagecoach (1939) (inducted 1995) Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) My Darling Clementine (1946) (inducted 1991) Fort Apache (1948) 3 Godfathers (1948) She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) Wagon Master (1950) Rio Grande (1950) The Sun Shines Bright (1953) The Searchers (1956) (inducted 1989) The Horse Soldiers (1959) Sergeant Rutledge (1960) Two Rode Together (1961) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) (inducted 2007) How the West Was Won (1962) (inducted 1997) Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
9. Howard Hawks
Director | Red River
What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...
10. George Roy Hill
Director | The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973) - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic ...
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) (inducted 2003)
11. John Huston
Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...
12. Sergio Leone
Writer | Once Upon a Time in America
Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...
13. Sam Peckinpah
Writer | The Wild Bunch
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...
14. Stanley Donen
Director | Charade
Inspired by Fred Astaire's dancing in Flying Down to Rio (1933), Stanley Donen (pronounced 'Dawn-en') attended dance classes from the age of ten. He later recalled that the only thing he wanted to be was a tap dancer.
He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Helen Pauline (Cohen) and Mordecai ...
Actor | Sunset Blvd.
Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.
After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...
Greed (1924) - 1991
16. Fred Zinnemann
Director | A Man for All Seasons
Initially grew up wanting to be a violinist, but while at the University of Vienna decided to study law. While doing so, he became increasingly interested in American film and decided that was what he wanted to do. He became involved in European filmaking for a short time before going to America to...
17. Reginald Barker
Director | The Iron Strain
Canadian-born (Winnipeg) Reginald Barker moved with his family to Scotland shortly after he was born, and they eventually emigrated to the US, settling in California. Bitten by the show-business bug early, Barker was acting in plays by age 16, and then joined up with a traveling stock company as ...
On the Warpath (1912) For the Honor of the Seventh (1912) The Man They Scorned (1912) The Bargain (1914) - 2010 On the Night Stage (1915) The Iron Strain (1915) The Aryan (1916) The Bugle Call (1916) Jim Grimsby's Boy (1916) Golden Rule Kate (1917) Carmen of the Klondike (1918) The Hell Cat (1918) The Rustlers (1919) The Eternal Struggle (1923) The Great Divide (1925) The Frontiersman (1927) The Rainbow (1929) The Great Divide (1929)
18. Budd Boetticher
Director | Bullfighter and the Lady
Brilliant, distinguished American director, particularly of Westerns, whose simple, bleak style disguises a complex artistic temperament. The son of a wealthy hardware retailer, Boetticher attended Culver Military Academy and Ohio State University, where he excelled in football and boxing.
Black Midnight (1949) The Wolf Hunters (1949) The Cimarron Kid (1952) Bronco Buster (1952) Horizons West (1952) Seminole (1953) The Man from the Alamo (1953) Wings of the Hawk (1953) 7 Men from Now (1956) The Tall T (1957) - 2000 Decision at Sundown (1957) Buchanan Rides Alone (1958) Ride Lonesome (1959) Westbound (1959) Comanche Station (1960) A Time for Dying (1969)
19. Clyde Bruckman
Writer | The General
Had been out of work and was pretty much broke when he killed himself. He borrowed Buster Keaton's gun and after eating a meal that he could not pay for, shot himself. There are two stories; One says it was in the restroom of the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd, and the other story states he did it in ...
20. Delmer Daves
Writer | An Affair to Remember
Although Delmer Daves obtained a law degree at Stanford University, he never had the opportunity to use it; while still in college, he obtained a job as a prop boy on The Covered Wagon (1923) and after graduation was hired by several film companies as a technical advisor on films with a college ...
21. John Emerson
Producer | San Francisco
John Emerson was born on May 29, 1874 in Sandusky, Ohio, USA as Clifton Paden. He was a writer and director, known for San Francisco (1936), Come on In (1918) and Good-Bye, Bill (1918). He was married to Anita Loos. He died on March 7, 1956 in Pasadena, California, USA.
22. William S. Hart
Actor | The Money Corral
A storybook hero, the original screen cowboy, ever forthright and honest, even when (as was often the case) he played a villain, William S. Hart lived for a while in the Dakota Territory, then worked as a postal clerk in New York City. In 1888 he began to study acting. In 1899 he created the role ...
The Gringo (1914), Two-Gun Hicks (1914), In the Sage Brush Country (1914), The Scourge of the Desert (1915), Mr. 'Silent' Haskins (1915), The Grudge (1915), The Sheriff's Streak of Yellow (1915), The Taking of Luke McVane (1915), The Man from Nowhere (1915), Bad Buck of Santa Ynez (1915), The Conversion of Frosty Blake (1915), Tools of Providence (1915), Cash Parrish's Pal (1915), Knight of the Trail (1915), Pinto Ben (1915), Keno Bates, Liar (1915), The Disciple (1915), Grit (1915), Hell's Hinges (1916) (1994), The Aryan (1916), The Primal Lure (1916), The Patriot (1916), The Dawn Maker (1916), The Return of Draw Egan (1916), The Devil's Double (1916), Truthful Tulliver (1917), The Gunfighter (1917), The Desert Man (1917), The Square Deal Man (1917), Wolf Lowry (1917), The Cold Deck (1917), The Silent Man (1917), The Narrow Trail (1917), Wolves of the Rail (1918), 'Blue Blazes' Rawden (1918), The Tiger Man (1918), Selfish Yates (1918), Riddle Gawne (1918), The Border Wireless (1918), Branding Broadway (1918), Staking His Life (1918), The Money Corral (1919), Square Deal Sanderson (1919), Tumbleweeds (1925)
23. Henry Hathaway
Director | True Grit
Henry Hathaway, son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge he briefly tried a career in finance but returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such...
Heritage of the Desert (1932) Wild Horse Mesa (1932) Under the Tonto Rim (1933) Sunset Pass (1933) Man of the Forest (1933) To the Last Man (1933) The Last Round-Up (1934) The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) Brigham Young (1940) The Shepherd of the Hills (1941) Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) Rawhide (1951) Garden of Evil (1954) From Hell to Texas (1958) North to Alaska (1960) How the West Was Won (1962) - 1997 Circus World (1964) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Nevada Smith (1966) 5 Card Stud (1968) True Grit (1969) Shoot Out (1971)
24. Joseph Kane
Director | The Great Train Robbery
Joseph Kane's career as a professional cellist ended when he became a film editor in 1926. His directing career started with co-directing serials for Mascot and Republic, and he soon became Republic's top western director. He handled many of John Wayne's Republic westerns of the 1940s, and piloted ...
In Old Santa Fe (1934), Tumbling Tumbleweeds (1935), Melody Trail (1935), Sagebrush Troubadour (1935), The Lawless Nineties (1936), King of the Pecos (1936), The Lonely Trail (1936), Guns and Guitars (1936), Oh, Susanna! (1936), Ride, Ranger, Ride (1936), Ghost-Town Gold (1936), The Big Show (1936), The Old Corral (1936), Round-Up Time in Texas (1937), Git Along Little Dogies (1937), Gunsmoke Ranch (1937), Come on, Cowboys (1937), Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge (1937), Public Cowboy No. 1 (1937), Heart of the Rockies (1937), Boots and Saddles (1937), Springtime in the Rockies (1937), The Old Barn Dance (1938), Under Western Stars (1938) (2009), Gold Mine in the Sky (1938), Man from Music Mountain (1938), Billy the Kid Returns (1938), Come on, Rangers! (1938), Shine on Harvest Moon (1938), Rough Riders' Round-up (1939), Southward Ho! (1939), Frontier Pony Express (1939), In Old Caliente (1939), Wall Street Cowboy (1939), In Old Monterey (1939), The Arizona Kid (1939), Saga of Death Valley (1939), Days of Jesse James (1939), Young Buffalo Bill (1940), The Carson City Kid (1940), The Ranger and the Lady (1940), Colorado (1940), Young Bill Hickok (1940), The Border Legion (1940), Robin Hood of the Pecos (1941), In Old Cheyenne (1941), Sheriff of Tombstone (1941), Nevada City (1941), Bad Man of Deadwood (1941), Jesse James at Bay (1941), Red River Valley (1941), Man from Cheyenne (1942), South of Santa Fe (1942), Sunset on the Desert (1942), Romance on the Range (1942), Sons of the Pioneers (1942), Sunset Serenade (1942), Heart of the Golden West (1942), Ridin' Down the Canyon (1942), Idaho (1943), King of the Cowboys (1943), Song of Texas (1943), Silver Spurs (1943), Man from Music Mountain (1943), Hands Across the Border (1944), Cowboy and the Senorita (1944), The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944), Song of Nevada (1944), Flame of Barbary Coast (1945), Dakota (1945), In Old Sacramento (1946), Plainsman and the Lady (1946), Wyoming (1947), Old Los Angeles (1948), The Gallant Legion (1948), The Plunderers (1948), The Last Bandit (1949), Brimstone (1949), Rock Island Trail (1950), The Savage Horde (1950), California Passage (1950), Oh! Susanna (1951), Woman of the North Country (1952), Ride the Man Down (1952), San Antone (1953), Jubilee Trail (1954), Hell's Outpost (1954), Timberjack (1955), The Road to Denver (1955), The Vanishing American (1955), The Maverick Queen (1956), Thunder Over Arizona (1956), Duel at Apache Wells (1957), Spoilers of the Forest (1957), The Lawless Eighties (1957), Last Stagecoach West (1957), Gunfire at Indian Gap (1957), Smoke in the Wind (1975)
Editor | Anatomy of a Murder
Long-time film editor Louis R. Loeffler met Yolanda Magliaro in Rome while he was working on a picture there. They married and had three children. They later divorced. Yolanda owned and operated Yolanda's Restaurant, a favorite Italian haunt of many stars. It was located in the Farmer's Market in ...
The Big Trail (1930) - 2006
26. Rouben Mamoulian
Director | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Rouben Mamoulian was born on October 8, 1897 in Tiflis, Russian Empire as Rouben Zachary Mamoulian. He was a director and writer, known for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Applause (1929) and Becky Sharp (1935). He was married to Azadia Newman. He died on December 4, 1987 in Woodland Hills, Los ...
27. Anthony Mann
Director | Men in War
Anthony Mann was born on June 30, 1906 in San Diego, California, USA as Emil Anton Bundesmann. He was a director and writer, known for Men in War (1957), El Cid (1961) and The Glenn Miller Story (1954). He was married to Anna; 1 child Nicholas Anthony Mann, Sara Montiel and Mildred Mann. He died on...
28. George Marshall
Director | How the West Was Won
George Marshall was a versatile American director who came to Hollywood to visit his mother and "have a bit of fun". Expelled from Chicago University in 1912, he was an unsettled young man, drifting from job to job, variously employed as a mechanic, newspaper reporter and lumberjack with a logging ...
Across the Rio Grande (1916), The Committee on Credentials (1916), Love's Lariat (1916), A Woman's Eyes (1916), Won by Grit (1917), The Comeback (1917), Border Wolves (1917), Roped In (1917), The Raid (1917), The Desert Ghost (1917), Bill Brennan's Claim (1917), Casey's Border Raid (1917), The Honor of Men (1917), Double Suspicion (1917), Right of Way Casey (1917), Squaring It (1917), Quick Triggers (1918), Naked Fists (1918), Beating the Limited (1918), When Paris Green Saw Red (1918), The Fast Mail (1918), The Husband Hunter (1918), The Gun Runners (1919), Ruth of the Rockies (1920), Prairie Trails (1920), Hands Off! (1921), A Ridin' Romeo (1921), After Your Own Heart (1921), Don Quickshot of the Rio Grande (1923), Where Is This West? (1923), Men in the Raw (1923), The Back Trail (1924), Destry Rides Again (1939) - 1996, When the Daltons Rode (1940), Texas (1941), Tap Roots (1948), Lust for Gold (1949), Fancy Pants (1950), Never a Dull Moment (1950), The Savage (1952), Red Garters (1954), Destry (1954), The Second Greatest Sex (1955), Pillars of the Sky (1956), The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957), The Sheepman (1958), How the West Was Won (1962) - 1997, Advance to the Rear (1964)
29. Norbert A. Myles
Director | The Daughter of Dawn
Norbert A. Myles was born on August 29, 1887 in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. He is known for his work on The Daughter of Dawn (1920), Walloping Wallace (1924) and Faithful Wives (1926). He died on March 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Fred Niblo
Fred Niblo entered films in 1917 after two decades as a touring actor in vaudeville and one-time manager of 'The Four Cohans' (he married Josephine Cohan, the sister of George M. Cohan). He made his film debut with two early Australian silent films in 1916. He worked for Thomas H. Ince from 1917 as ...
31. Arthur Penn
Director | Bonnie and Clyde
Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...
32. Edwin S. Porter
Director | The White Pearl
In the late 1890s Porter worked as both a projectionist and mechanic, eventually becoming director and cameraman for the Edison Manufacturing Company. Influenced by both the "Brighton school" and the story films of Georges Méliès, Porter went on to make important shorts such as Life of an American ...
The Great Train Robbery (1903) - 1990, A Brush Between Cowboys and Indians (1904), Western Stage Coach Hold Up (1904), The Little Train Robbery (1905), The Life of a Cowboy (1906), Holdup of the Rocky Mountain Express (1906), Life's a Game of Cards (1908), The Life of an American Cowboy (1908), A Daughter of the Sun (1909), On the Western Frontier (1909), The Pony Express (1909), The House of Cards (1909), Luck of Roaring Camp (1910), Ranson's Folly (1910), A Western Romance (1910), Riders of the Plains (1910), The Stolen Claim (1910), The Cowpuncher's Glove (1910), The White Red Man (1911), Leaves of a Romance (1911)
33. Nicholas Ray
Director | Rebel Without a Cause
Nicholas Ray was born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle in 1911, in small-town Galesville, Wisconsin, to Lena (Toppen) and Raymond Joseph Kienzle, a contractor and builder. He was of German and Norwegian descent. Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the ...
34. Lynn Reynolds
Director | Sky High
Former newspaper reporter in Iowa, Reynolds played in several films for the Burton King Company before joining Universal as a writer/director. Reynolds shot himself, in front of guests, following an argument with his wife, actress Kathleen O'Connor, during a welcome home party being held in his ...
God's Crucible (1917), Up or Down? (1917), Western Blood (1918), Mr. Logan, U.S.A. (1918), Fame and Fortune (1918), Treat 'Em Rough (1919), Overland Red (1920), Bullet Proof (1920), The Texan (1920), The Night Horsemen (1921), Sky High (1922) - 1998, For Big Stakes (1922), Just Tony (1922), Brass Commandments (1923), The Gunfighter (1923), The Last of the Duanes (1924), The Deadwood Coach (1924), Riders of the Purple Sage (1925), The Rainbow Trail (1925), Durand of the Bad Lands (1925), Chip of the Flying U (1926), The Combat (1926), The Man in the Saddle (1926), The Texas Streak (1926), The Buckaroo Kid (1926), The Silent Rider (1927), Hey! Hey! Cowboy (1927)
35. Martin Ritt
Director | Hud
Martin Ritt, one of the best and most sensitive American filmmakers of all time, was a director, actor and playwright who worked in both film and theater. He was born in New York City. His films reflect, like almost none other, a profound and intimate humane vision of his characters.
He originally ...
36. Arthur Rosson
Director | Red River
The brother of cinematographer Harold Rosson, director Richard Rosson and actress Helene Rosson, Arthur Rosson started in films as a stuntman and joined Vitagraph in 1909, later working as an associate director with Cecil B. DeMille for 16 years. By the 1920s he was a full-time director, and from ...
Headin' South (1918), The Coming of the Law (1919), Rough-Riding Romance (1919), The Fighting Streak (1922), Ridin' Pretty (1925), Taming the West (1925), Straight Through (1925), The Burning Trail (1925), The Meddler (1925), Set Free (1927), The Last Outlaw (1927), The Winged Horseman (1929), Points West (1929), The Long, Long Trail (1929), The Mounted Stranger (1930), Trailing Trouble (1930), The Concentratin' Kid (1930), The Wide Open Spaces (1931), Hidden Gold (1932), Flaming Guns (1932), Boots of Destiny (1937), Trailing Trouble (1937), King of the Sierras (1938), Red River (1948)
37. Joseph Santley
Director | Down Mexico Way
Joseph Santley was born on January 10, 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Joseph Mansfield. He was a director and producer, known for Down Mexico Way (1941), Harmony Lane (1935) and Million Dollar Baby (1934). He was married to Ivy Sawyer. He died on August 8, 1971 in West Los Angeles, California...
38. Victor Sjöström
Actor | Smultronstället
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...
39. Clifford Smith
Director | Western Hearts
Clifford Smith was born on August 22, 1894 in Richmond, Indiana, USA. He was a director and actor, known for Western Hearts (1921), The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936) and Secret Agent X-9 (1937). He died on September 17, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Taking of Luke McVane (1915), The Disciple (1915), Hell's Hinges (1916), The Aryan (1916), The Boss of the Lazy Y (1917), The Cold Deck (1917), The Devil Dodger (1917), One Shot Ross (1917), The Medicine Man (1917), The Learnin' of Jim Benton (1917), The Law's Outlaw (1918), Keith of the Border (1918), Faith Endurin' (1918), Paying His Debt (1918), Wolves of the Border (1918), The Fly God (1918), By Proxy (1918), Cactus Crandall (1918), Untamed (1918), The Pretender (1918), The Silent Rider (1918), The Red-Haired Cupid (1918), The She Wolf (1919), South of Santa Fe (1919), Malamute Meg (1919), Some Gal (1919), The Girl of Hell's Agony (1919), The Lone Hand (1920), 3 Gold Coins (1920), The Girl Who Dared (1920), Western Hearts (1921), Crossing Trails (1921), The Good Black Sheep (1921), The Stranger in Canyon Valley (1921), Daring Danger (1922), Scarred Hands (1923), Wild Bill Hickok (1923), Singer Jim McKee (1924), Ridgeway of Montana (1924), The Back Trail (1924), Fighting Fury (1924), The Western Wallop (1924), Daring Chances (1924), The Sign of the Cactus (1925), Flying Hoofs (1925), A Roaring Adventure (1925),
40. Noel M. Smith
Director | Secret Service of the Air
Worked at Vitagraph at the same time Larry Semon did.
41. George Stevens
Director | Giant
George Stevens, a filmmaker known as a meticulous craftsman with a brilliant eye for composition and a sensitive touch with actors, is one of the great American filmmakers, ranking with John Ford, William Wyler and Howard Hawks as a creator of classic Hollywood cinema, bringing to the screen ...
42. Robert Stevenson
Director | Mary Poppins
Robert Stevenson was born on March 31, 1905 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Robert Edward Stevenson. He was a director and writer, known for Mary Poppins (1964), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) and King Solomon's Mines (1937). He was married to Ursula Henderson, Frances Holyoke Howard, Anna Lee ...
43. John Sturges
Director | The Great Escape
John Sturges was an American film director, mostly remembered for his outstanding Western films. In 1992, Sturges was awarded a Golden Boot Award for his lifelong contribution to the Western genre.
Sturges was born in the village of Oak Park, Illinois, within the Chicago metropolitan area. By 1930, ...
The Walking Hills (1949), The Capture (1950), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Backlash (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Saddle the Wind (1958), The Law and Jake Wade (1958), Last Train from Gun Hill (1959), The Magnificent Seven (1960), Sergeants 3 (1962), The Hallelujah Trail (1965), Hour of the Gun (1967), Joe Kidd (1972), Chino (1973)
44. Charles Swickard
Director | An Arabian Knight
Charles Swickard was born on March 21, 1861 in Germany. He was a director and actor, known for An Arabian Knight (1920), Mixed Blood (1916) and The Last Straw (1920). He was married to Dale. He died on May 12, 1929 in Fresno, California, USA.
45. Richard Thorpe
Director | Knights of the Round Table
After working in vaudeville, on the stage and in early movies, Richard Thorpe launched his directing career in 1923. After directing dozens of low-budget comedies and westerns, his talents were recognized in the mid-'30s when he went to work for MGM. Studio chief Louis B. Mayer valued efficiency in...
Rough Ridin' (1924), Rarin' to Go (1924), Battling Buddy (1924), Fast and Fearless (1924), Hard-Hittin' Hamilton (1924), Bringin' Home the Bacon (1924), Rip Roarin' Roberts (1924), Thundering Romance (1924), Gold and Grit (1925), Full Speed (1925), Fast Fightin' (1925), On the Go (1925), Double Action Daniels (1925), Quicker'n Lightnin' (1925), Tearin' Loose (1925), The Desert Demon (1925), The Saddle Cyclone (1925), Galloping On (1925), A Streak of Luck (1925), The Roaring Rider (1926), Trumpin' Trouble (1926), The Fighting Cheat (1926), Coming an' Going (1926), The Twin Triggers (1926), Deuce High (1926), Ridin' Rivals (1926), Easy Going (1926), Rawhide (1926), Speedy Spurs (1926), Double Daring (1926), The Dangerous Dub (1926), Twisted Triggers (1926), The Bonanza Buckaroo (1926), The Bandit Buster (1926), The Cyclone Cowboy (1927), Between Dangers (1927), The Galloping Gobs (1927), Tearin' Into Trouble (1927), The Ridin' Rowdy (1927), The Meddlin' Stranger (1927), Pals in Peril (1927), Skedaddle Gold (1927), White Pebbles (1927), The Interferin' Gent (1927), The Soda Water Cowboy (1927), Ride 'em High (1927), The Obligin' Buckaroo (1927), Roarin' Broncs (1927), The Desert of the Lost (1927), The Ballyhoo Buster (1928), Desperate Courage (1928), The Cowboy Cavalier (1928), Saddle Mates (1928), The Vanishing West (1928), Flyin' Buckaroo (1928), Border Romance (1929), The Lone Defender (1930), The Dude Wrangler (1930), Wings of Adventure (1930), Under Montana Skies (1930), The Utah Kid (1930), Wild Horse (1931), 20 Mule Team (1940), Wyoming (1940), The Bad Man (1941), Apache Trail (1942), Big Jack (1949), Vengeance Valley (1951), How the West Was Won (1962), The Last Challenge (1967)
46. Raoul Walsh
Director | Sadie Thompson
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...
Out of the Deputy's Hands (1914), Who Shot Bud Walton? (1914), The Greaser (1915), A Bad Man and Others (1915), Blue Blood and Red (1916), The Conqueror (1917), The Big Trail (1930), La gran jornada (1931), Il Grande Sentiero (1931), Die große Fahrt (1931), Dark Command (1940), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), San Antonio (1945), Pursued (1947), Cheyenne (1947), Silver River (1948), Colorado Territory (1949), Montana (1950), Along the Great Divide (1951), Distant Drums (1951), The Lawless Breed (1952), Gun Fury (1953), Saskatchewan (1954), The Tall Men (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), A Distant Trumpet (1964)
Director | A Star Is Born
William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle.
A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th...
The Man Who Won (1923), Not a Drum Was Heard (1924), The Vagabond Trail (1924), The Conquerors (1932), Viva Villa! (1934), Call of the Wild (1935), Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936), The Great Man's Lady (1942), The Ox-Bow Incident (1942), Buffalo Bill (1944), Yellow Sky (1948), Across the Wide Missouri (1951), Westward the Women (1951), Track of the Cat (1954)
48. James Young Deer
Director | Lieutenant Daring RN and the Water Rats
James Young Deer was born on April 1, 1876 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as James Young Johnson. He was a director and actor, known for Lieutenant Daring RN and the Water Rats (1924), The Stranger (1920) and The Great Secret (1917). He was married to Helen Gilchrist, Anomine Paige and ...
Red Wing's Gratitude (1909), White Fawn's Devotion: A Play Acted by a Tribe of Red Indians in America (1910), The Red Girl and the Child (1910), A Cheyenne Brave (1910), An Indian's Gratitude (1910), The Indian and the Maid (1910), Cowboy Justice (1910), The Yaqui Girl (1910), Ridin' Romance (1910), A Cowboy's Devotedness (1911), A Western Courtship (1911), Red Deer's Devotion (1911), Starlight's Necklace (1911), A Sioux Lover's Strategy (1911), The Squaw Man's Sweetheart (1912), The Unwilling Bride (1912), Silver Wing's Two Suitors (1912), The Penalty Paid (1912), Silver Moon's Rescue (1912), The Stranger (1920)