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Gene Fowler Jr.

Highest Rated: 93% A Child Is Waiting (1963)

Lowest Rated: 35% Caveman (1981)

Birthday: May 27, 1917

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA

A prolific editor and director for film and television, Gene Fowler Jr worked on over 100 movies and television programs. His efforts won him a Golden Globe, four Emmys and an Oscar. The son of a comparably prolific screenwriter, Fowler was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New York City. Before moving to Southern California and enrolling at USC where he studied film editing at 20th Century Fox, Fowler earned third mate's papers at Knights Seamanship School. 1943's "The Ox-Bow Incident" starring Henry Fonda was the first feature he edited. That same year, Fowler edited his first Fritz Lang film, the political thriller "Hangmen Also Die." He later worked on other Lang films including 1944's "The Woman in the Window" and the 1956 film noir dramas "While the City Sleeps" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt." Fowler served as part of the U.S. Army Special Services in World War II. During his tenure he created "Seeds of Destiny" a film produced by the U.S. War Department for which he was awarded the 1946 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. While much of his work was in the field of editing, Fowler is probably best known for his directing efforts, including the cult films "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" (1957) and "I Married a Monster From Outer Space"(1958), the former famous for introducing Michael Landon. He also directed and co-wrote the 1959 western "The Oregon Trail." His work as editor of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" earned him an Oscar nomination, and he won a Golden Globe for editing the documentary "Wall of Fire"(1970). Well respected throughout the industry, Fowler acted as president of the American Cinema Editors for two terms, from 1965 to 1966, and was given its Eddie award for outstanding film editing. His television career was also fruitful, earning him four Emmys for editing. Two of his Emmys were awarded for work on the CBS series "Rawhide" and "The Waltons," one was for the 1972 CBS crime drama TV movie "Truman Capote's 'The Glass House'" and one was for his work in the NBC detective drama miniseries "The Blue Knight" starring William Holden. Later in his career Fowler worked as a supervising editor on productions like CBS's 1976 docudrama "Helter Skelter"

Filmography

Movies

Credit
35% 54% Caveman Film Editing - 1981
No Score Yet 20% Invisible Strangler Director - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Film Editing - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girls of Huntington House Film Editing - 1973
No Score Yet 20% Molly and Lawless John Film Editing - 1972
No Score Yet 79% The Glass House Film Editing - 1972
86% 60% A Man Called Horse Film Editor - 1970
93% 74% A Child Is Waiting Film Editing - 1963
70% 83% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Film Editing - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Oregon Trail Director - 1959
No Score Yet 6% The Rebel Set Director - 1959
No Score Yet 46% Showdown at Boot Hill Director - 1958
86% 57% I Married a Monster From Outer Space Director,
Producer
- 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gang War Director - 1958
No Score Yet 48% China Gate Film Editing - 1957
No Score Yet 60% Run of the Arrow Film Editing - 1957
40% 19% I Was a Teenage Werewolf Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Naked Hills Film Editing - 1956
90% 66% While the City Sleeps Film Editing - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paris Follies of 1956 Film Editing - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seeds of Destiny Film Editing - 1946
No Score Yet 67% San Pietro Film Editing - 1945
88% 84% The Woman in the Window Film Editing - 1944
86% 66% Hangmen Also Die Film Editing - 1943
No Score Yet 74% Tales of Manhattan Film Editing - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Director 1960
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Director 1960