Larry Peerce

Highest Rated: 100% Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Lowest Rated: 4% Wired (1989)
Birthday: Apr 19, 1930
Birthplace: Not Available
The Bronx-born son of tenor Jan Peerce, Larry Peerce has had a directorial career of decidedly mixed successes. His debut, as maker of the sensitive race-relations drama One Potato, Two Potato (1964) seemed to portend great things, and his second film, the rock 'n roll showcase The Big TNT Show, featuring the Byrds, Bo Diddley, the Ronettes, Petula Clark, and Phil Spector, was not only a rare success in this genre but also a cult favorite through the years. The Incident (1967), based on a true story, about a pair of thugs who terrorize a subway car on a night-time ride, also attracted much attention, and provided important early screen roles to Martin Sheen, Beau Bridges, and Tony Musante. And Goodbye Columbus (1969), based on Philip Roth's novel, was very well received by the press and public alike -- it also allowed Peerce to give a small role to his father. But then, with The Sporting Club (1971), Peerce's career began veering into critical and commercial failure -- A Separate Peace (1972) was dismissed by critics and the public alike, as was Ash Wednesday (1973), starring Elizabeth Taylor. Peerce found greater success on television with the groundbreaking drama The Stranger Who Looks Like Me (1974), detailing the plight of adoptees in finding their birth parents, and found renewed success at the box office with the fact-based dramas The Other Side of the Mountain and The Other Side of the Mountain -- Part 2, and entered the then-popular disaster movie sweepstakes with Two Minute Warning (1976). His adaptation of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar (1979), however, was badly received all around. The TV movie Elvis and Me (1988) put Peerce reasonably back on track, but Wired (1989), based on Bob Woodward's book about the life and death of comic actor John Belushi, was a failure, both critically and commercially.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Love Child Director 2014
No Score Yet The Big T.N.T. Show Director 2012
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon Director 2001
No Score Yet Man of Miracles Director 1999
No Score Yet Christmas Every Day Director 1996
No Score Yet The Abduction Director 1996
No Score Yet In Pursuit of Honor Producer 1995
No Score Yet Element of Truth Director 1995
No Score Yet A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Director 1994
No Score Yet Prison for Children Director 1993
No Score Yet Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders Director 1993
No Score Yet Murder So Sweet Director 1993
No Score Yet Child of Rage Director 1992
No Score Yet The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson Director 1990
No Score Yet Menu for Murder Director 1990
No Score Yet If I Were a Rich Man Director 1990
4% Wired Director 1989
No Score Yet The Neon Empire Director 1989
No Score Yet Elvis and Me Director 1988
No Score Yet Queenie Director 1987
No Score Yet Hard to Hold Director 1984
No Score Yet I Take These Men Director 1983
No Score Yet Why Would I Lie? Director 1980
No Score Yet The Bell Jar Executive Producer Director Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 Director 1978
27% Two Minute Warning Director 1976
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain Director 1975
11% Ash Wednesday Director 1973
No Score Yet A Separate Peace Director 1972
No Score Yet The Sporting Club Director 1971
100% Goodbye, Columbus Director 1969
83% The Incident Director 1967
No Score Yet One Potato, Two Potato Director 1964

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Director
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Director
  • 1967
93% Batman
1966-1968
Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Green Hornet
1966-1967
Director
  • 1966

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