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Don Siegel

Highest Rated:   100% Madigan (1968)
Lowest Rated:   33% Telefon (1977)
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Coming out of a musical family and trained as a stage actor, Don Siegel became one of the most respected directors of action films in Hollywood. He began his career as a film librarian and advanced through the editing department at Warner Bros., where he frequently directed transition and linking footage in the early '40s, making two Oscar-winning short films during this same period.Siegel became a feature director in 1946 with an offbeat mystery called The Verdict, starring Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. His second film, the much-underrated Night Unto Night, proved so difficult a subject -- as a psychological drama about a dying man (Ronald Reagan) and a suicidal woman (Viveca Lindfors, who was then Siegel's wife) -- that its release was delayed for more than two years. During the early '50s, Siegel made his reputation as an efficient, reliable, often inspired maker of action and crime films, most notably Riot in Cell Block H and Private Hell 36 (both 1954). His ability to transform difficult or lackluster script material into original, memorable, often startling motion pictures was established with 1955's Invasion of the Body Snatchers, one of the most unsettling, popular, and profitable science fiction films of the decade.Siegel thrived for the next 15 years in relative obscurity (although he made one of Elvis Presley's finest films, Flaming Star) until the late '60s, when he began his association with Clint Eastwood. His Eastwood vehicles included Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Beguiled (both 1970), and the phenomenally popular and controversial police thriller Dirty Harry (1971). The actor and future director was just rising to fame after his success in Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns, and Siegel's recognition rose commensurately with Eastwood's popularity. He became something of a mentor to Eastwood and made a cameo in the actor's directorial debut, Play Misty for Me (1971). Siegel's other '70s films included John Wayne's final movie, The Shootist (1976), and the Cold War thriller Telefon (1977). He made another cameo appearance as a taxi driver in Philip Kaufman's Body Snatchers remake in 1978 and directed Eastwood one last time in 1979's Escape From Alcatraz. Retired from films since the early '80s, Siegel died of cancer in 1991. Eastwood wrote a forward for his autobiography, A Siegel Film, which was published posthumously in 1993.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Hanged Man
  • Director
2014
41% Into the Night
  • Embarrassed Man
1985
No Score Yet Jinxed
  • Owner Adult Bookstore
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Rough Cut
  • Director
1980
95% Escape From Alcatraz
  • Director
  • Producer
1979
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Cab Driver
1978
33% Telefon
  • Director
1977
93% The Shootist
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet The Black Windmill
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
86% Charley Varrick
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Murph
1973
95% Dirty Harry
  • Producer
  • Director
1971
93% The Beguiled
  • Director
  • Producer
1971
83% Play Misty for Me
  • Murphy the Bartender
1971
78% Two Mules for Sister Sara
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Death of a Gunfighter
  • Director
1969
94% Coogan's Bluff
  • Producer
  • Elevator passenger
  • Director
1968
100% Madigan
  • Director
1968
77% The Killers
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
83% Hell Is for Heroes
  • Director
1962
91% Flaming Star
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity
  • Pipe Smoker at Motel
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet The Gun Runners
  • Director
1958
83% The Lineup
  • Director
1958
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • Director
1957
No Score Yet Spanish Affair
  • Director
1957
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Actor
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet Crime in the Streets
  • Director
1956
No Score Yet An Annapolis Story
  • Director
1955
No Score Yet Private Hell 36
  • Director
1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet Count the Hours
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet The Duel at Silver Creek
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Night Unto Night
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Big Steal
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet The Verdict
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet Hound-Dog Man
  • Director

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Director
  • 1964
  • 1963

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