Joseph Sargent

Joseph Sargent

Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Lowest Rated: 0% Jaws the Revenge (1987)

Birthday: Jul 22, 1925

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

The son of Italian immigrants, Joseph Sargent rose from blue collar New Jersey to Hollywood, but his best work as a director, the masterful action film "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), retained a gritty, street-level quality. Born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, NJ, he originally moved to California to find work as an actor. Though he did appear briefly in the classic "From Here To Eternity" (1953), Sargent soon found himself changing career paths, becoming a television director later in the 1950s. He spent over a decade as a journeyman director, amassing a solid credit list including episodes of hit series such as "Lassie" (CBS / Syndication 1954-1973), "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (NBC 1964-68) and "Star Trek" (NBC 1966-69). In 1968, Sargent made the movie into film with a low-budget World War II drama starring Rod Taylor, "The Hell With Heroes" (1968). Dystopian science fiction thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (1970) followed. A political drama, "The Man" (1972), was Sargent's next project: written by Rod Serling based on the novel by Irving Wallace, it starred James Earl Jones as a career politician who rises to the presidency. By this time it was clear that Sargent was effective in a number of different styles and genres. This was confirmed by his next two projects. "White Lightning" (1973) was a smash-'em-up chase movie starring Burt Reynolds as one of his most iconic characters, Gator McKlusky. This big hit was followed by Sargent's best-known film, the hard-edged, at times darkly comic thriller "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974), a heist film starring Walter Matthau as a hangdog NYPD lieutenant chasing a group of kidnappers who have taken a subway train hostage. Oddly, after that pair of critical and commercial successes, Sargent moved primarily into directing made for television movies. He only made three more theatrical features, the tepidly-received biopic "MacArthur" (1977), the low-budget horror anthology "Nightmares" (1983), and the legendary bomb "Jaws: The Revenge" (1987). Completed, from inception to editing, in less than nine months, "Jaws: The Revenge" is a perennial entry on "worst films of all time" lists. However, Sargent continued working steadily in television following that disaster, including high-profile made for TV movies such as the authorized biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story" (1989) and the HBO period drama "Something the Lord Made" (2004), for which he won the Directors Guild of America award. Sargent's final film was the family drama "Sweet Nothing In My Ear" (2008), starring Jeff Daniels and Marlee Matlin. Joseph Sargent died of heart disease on December 22, 2014 at the age of 89.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 72% Sweet Nothing in My Ear Director,
Producer
- 2008
No Score Yet 79% Sybil Director - 2008
No Score Yet 77% Warm Springs Director - 2005
No Score Yet 93% Something the Lord Made Director - 2004
No Score Yet 46% Salem Witch Trials Director - 2003
No Score Yet 75% Out of the Ashes Director - 2003
No Score Yet 54% Bojangles Director - 2001
No Score Yet 77% For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story Director - 2000
80% 77% A Lesson Before Dying Director - 1999
No Score Yet 100% The Wall Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Director - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Island Incident Director - 1998
No Score Yet 68% Mandela and de Klerk Director - 1997
No Score Yet 71% Miss Evers' Boys Director - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Antonia Director - 1995
No Score Yet 69% Abraham Director - 1994
No Score Yet 50% World War II: When Lions Roared Director - 1994
No Score Yet 73% Skylark Director,
Producer
- 1993
No Score Yet 61% Miss Rose White Director - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somebody's Daughter Director - 1992
No Score Yet 44% Never Forget Director - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline? Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ivory Hunters Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Green Journey Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Incident Director - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Elephant Director - 1990
No Score Yet 60% Day One Director - 1989
No Score Yet 87% The Karen Carpenter Story Director - 1989
0% 15% Jaws the Revenge Director,
Producer
$18.8M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Of Pure Blood Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet There Must Be a Pony Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Passion Flower Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is Never Silent Director - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terrible Joe Moran Director - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Choices of the Heart Director,
Producer
- 1983
29% 31% Nightmares Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Memorial Day Director - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow's Child Director - 1982
No Score Yet 100% The Manions of America Director - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Freedom Director - 1981
No Score Yet 30% Coast to Coast Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amber Waves Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldengirl Director - 1979
No Score Yet 17% Golden Girl Director - 1979
50% 60% MacArthur Director - 1977
No Score Yet 71% Hustling Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Except for Me and Thee Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friendly Persuasion Director,
Producer
- 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night That Panicked America Director,
Producer
- 1975
100% 88% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Director - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunshine Director - 1973
86% 61% White Lightning Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marcus-Nelson Murders Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Died Twice Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wheeler and Murdoch Director - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man on a String Director - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Director - 1971
No Score Yet 27% Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Director,
Producer
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Director,
Producer
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tribes Director - 1970
88% 76% Colossus: The Forbin Project Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sunshine Patriot Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hell With Heroes Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy in the Green Hat Director - 1966
No Score Yet 42% One Spy Too Many Director - 1966
No Score Yet 30% Pay or Die Officer Sargente (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kathy O' Mike (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials Director - 0

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coming of Age Executive Producer 2010
82% 100% Doc Martin Joey (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tribunal de Brujas Director 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet World War II: Then There Were Giants Director 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Director 1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Director 1964-1966
80% 88% Star Trek Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Director 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wackiest Ship in the Army Director 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Drunk (Guest Star),
Director
1965 1962-1963 1959 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Director 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Director,
Writer
1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Director 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Ticket Clerk (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Lieut. Harlfinger (Character) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Reuben Bennett (Character) 1956

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