Mark Rydell

Mark Rydell

Highest Rated: 97% The Long Goodbye (1973)

Lowest Rated: 9% Intersection (1994)

Birthday: Mar 23, 1934

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Trained for the arts at Juilliard, Neighborhood Playhouse, and the Actor's Studio, Mark Rydell was a busy actor and musician throughout the 1950s. During this decade he played Jeff Baker, first husband of Penny Hughes (Rosemary Prinz), on the CBS TV soap opera As the World Turns; he abruptly left the show by means of a "fatal accident" in 1959. His movie acting debut was in the 1956 J.D. melodrama Crime in the Streets. In the early '60s, Rydell established himself as a dependable series-TV director. His first film directorial assignment was 1968's The Fox; 13 years later, he garnered an Oscar nomination for his direction of On Golden Pond (1981). In 1973, Rydell made a surprise return to acting at the request of his old friend Robert Altman, portraying a sadistic gangster boss in Altman's The Long Goodbye; he has since essayed supporting roles in Punchline (1988) and Havana (1989), the latter directed by another former actor, Sidney Pollack. In partnership with Pollack, Mark Rydell formed Sanford Productions in the mid-'80s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Char-ac-ter Actor 2012
No Score Yet Good Men Actor 2011
No Score Yet Character Actor 2009
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos Actor 2008
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Director 2007
24% Even Money Producer Director Ivan 2006
52% An Unfinished Life Executive Producer $8.6M 2005
No Score Yet James Dean: Sense Memories Actor 2005
46% Hollywood Ending Al $4.8M 2002
No Score Yet James Dean Jack Warner Executive Producer Director 2001
No Score Yet Crime of the Century Director 1996
9% Intersection Director 1994
43% For the Boys Director Producer Executive Producer 1991
90% The Man in the Moon Producer 1991
28% Havana Meyer Lansky 1990
56% Punchline Romeo 1988
No Score Yet The River Director 1984
93% On Golden Pond Director 1981
78% The Rose Director 1979
63% Harry and Walter Go to New York Director 1976
63% Cinderella Liberty Director Producer 1973
97% The Long Goodbye Marty 1973
75% The Cowboys Producer Director 1972
80% The Reivers Director 1969
57% The Fox Director 1967
No Score Yet Crime in the Streets Lou Macklin 1956


No Score Yet American Masters
Appearing 2006
92% Everwood
Jacob 2002
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Director 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Director 1966
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Director 1966
No Score Yet Ben Casey
Director 1965


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