Fred Zinnemann

Fred Zinnemann

Highest Rated: 100% People on Sunday (1930)

Lowest Rated: 14% Five Days One Summer (1982)

Birthday: Apr 29, 1907

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria-Hungary

Arguably the most successful German expatriate filmmaker in Hollywood after Billy Wilder, director Fred Zinnemann won two Academy Awards for "From Here to Eternity" (1953) and "A Man for All Seasons" (1966), while helming such classic films as "The Search" (1948), "High Noon" (1952), "The Nun's Story" (1959) and "The Day of the Jackal" (1973) among others. His films were celebrated for their exacting sense of realism, a technique he had adopted from working with documentarian Robert Flaherty, as well as their adventurous casting and numerous acting discoveries. Such legendary stars as Montgomery Clift and Shirley Jones received their start under Zimmermann, while Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed claimed Oscars for playing solidly against type in "From Here to Eternity." After claiming his second Oscar for "A Man for All Seasons," Zinnemann experienced a lengthy dry spell following an expensive and failed attempt to bring the novel Man's Fate to the screen. He rebounded in 1973 with "Day of the Jackal" before scoring a final hit with "Julia" in 1977. In all, Zinnemann's films earned 65 Oscar nominations and 24 actual trophies over the course of his five-decade career, which underscored his reputation as a versatile, reliable filmmaker who knew how to produce the best work from his cast and crew.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
14% 33% Five Days One Summer Director,
Producer
- 1982
76% 70% Julia Director - 1977
89% 88% The Day of the Jackal Director - 1973
83% 87% A Man for All Seasons Director,
Producer
- 1966
90% 73% Behold a Pale Horse Director,
Producer
- 1964
75% 63% The Sundowners Director,
Producer
- 1960
83% 81% The Nun's Story Director - 1959
No Score Yet 75% A Hatful of Rain Director - 1957
88% 75% Oklahoma! Director - 1955
90% 84% From Here to Eternity Director - 1953
95% 89% High Noon Director - 1952
86% 53% The Member of the Wedding Director - 1952
No Score Yet 38% Teresa Director - 1951
77% 74% The Men Director - 1950
92% 76% Act of Violence Director - 1949
100% 91% The Search Director - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Mister Jim Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother Talks to Horses Director - 1946
100% 71% The Seventh Cross Director - 1944
86% 56% Kid Glove Killer Director - 1942
No Score Yet 35% Eyes in the Night Director - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forbidden Passage Director - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Way in the Wilderness Director - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Weather Wizards Director - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Against the World Director - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ash Can Fleet Director - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Mothers Might Live Director - 1938
75% 75% The Wave Director,
Screenwriter
- 1936
100% 78% People on Sunday Director - 1930

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Director 1956