Irwin Allen

Irwin Allen

Highest Rated: 80% The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

Lowest Rated: 0% When Time Ran Out (1980)

Birthday: Jun 12, 1916

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Nicknamed the "Master of Disaster," producer-director Irwin Allen almost single-handedly fueled the disaster movie craze during the 1970s with such classics as "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) and "The Towering Inferno" (1974). Allen cut his teeth on a number of adventure movies during the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Lost World" (1960), "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) and "Five Weeks in a Balloon" (1962), while also creating notable television series like "Lost in Space" (CBS, 1965-68). After directing "City Beneath the Sea" (NBC, 1971) for the small screen, he donned his producer's hat for "The Poseidon Adventure," one of the biggest box office hits of 1972. Allen went on to direct the master of all disaster movies, "The Towering Inferno," which featured an all-star cast of Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman, and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Allen retired in the mid-1980s due to poor health. Despite a quiet end to his career, Allen's contributions to cinema were undeniable, while his influence on blockbuster filmmaking was felt well into the next century.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
28% 24% Lost in Space Writer (Television Series) $69.1M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Executive Producer - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cave-In! Producer - 1983
0% 20% When Time Ran Out Producer - 1980
0% 22% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Director,
Producer
- 1979
10% 19% The Swarm Director,
Producer
- 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire! Producer - 1977
No Score Yet 50% Flood! Producer - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Travelers Producer - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Swiss Family Robinson Producer - 1975
No Score Yet 33% Adventures of the Queen Producer - 1975
69% 72% The Towering Inferno Director,
Producer
- 1974
80% 75% The Poseidon Adventure Director,
Producer
- 1972
No Score Yet 33% City Beneath the Sea Director,
Producer
- 1971
No Score Yet 34% The Ambushers Producer - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aliens From Another Planet Director - 1966
No Score Yet 35% Five Weeks in a Balloon Director,
Producer
- 1962
76% 40% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1961
No Score Yet 21% The Lost World Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1960
No Score Yet 12% The Story of Mankind Director,
Producer
- 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Animal World Director - 1956
No Score Yet 20% Dangerous Mission Producer - 1954
No Score Yet 22% The Sea Around Us Director - 1953
No Score Yet 6% A Girl in Every Port Producer - 1952

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Land of the Giants Executive Producer 1968-1970
No Score Yet 71% Lost in Space Producer 1965-1968

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