Sam Wanamaker

Highest Rated: 100% The Competition (1980)
Birthday: Jun 14, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Actor/director Sam Wanamaker was one of those whose career was nearly derailed by the machinations of Senator McCarthy and his House Un-American Activities Committee. A native of Chicago, born Samuel Watenmaker, he began his career in theater at age 17 following training at Chicago's Goodman Theater. Wanamaker honed his acting skills in stock, traveling shows, and on Broadway. He also attended Drake University. Between 1943 and 1946, Wanamaker was in the U.S. Army. Early in his career, he also worked in radio. He made his feature film debut in My Girl Tisa (1948). The following year, Wanamaker, whose leftist political views were no secret in Hollywood, went to England to appear in blacklisted director Edward Dymtryk's Give Us This Day (1949). After making another film in Britain, Wanamaker learned that he too was about to be investigated and had been blacklisted; therefore, Wanamaker elected to remain in England. Over the next ten years, Wanamaker worked on-stage as a director, producer, and actor. In the 1960s, Wanamaker resumed his acting career in internationally produced films such as The Concrete Jungle (1962) and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965). He made his directorial bow in 1969 with The File of the Golden Goose (1969) and went on to make several more films, including The Executioner (1970). He also made television movies such as the well-regarded true story, The Killing of Randy Webster (1981). In 1985, Wanamaker appeared on the short-lived television series The Berrengers. When not busy acting or directing, Wanamaker had been an active supporter of the plan to restore Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Unfortunately, Wanamaker died of cancer just before the project was completed. His daughter Zoe Wanamaker is also an actor.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Actor 2013
No Score Yet Wild Justice Parker 1994
No Score Yet D.W. Griffith: Father of Film Actor 1993
No Score Yet Bloodlines: Murder in the Family Gerald Woodman 1993
56% City of Joy Actor 1992
65% Guilty by Suspicion Graff 1991
9% Pure Luck George Highsmith 1991
No Score Yet Running Against Time Hendryk Koopman, Ph.D. 1990
No Score Yet The Shell Seekers Richard 1989
No Score Yet Judgment in Berlin Bernard Hellring 1988
No Score Yet Secret Ingredient Ambassador Morley 1988
73% Baby Boom Curtis 1987
11% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace David Warfield 1987
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Grenvilles District Attorney 1987
No Score Yet Detective Sadie and Son Marty Goldstein 1987
25% Raw Deal Luigi Patrovita 1986
No Score Yet Deceptions Jim Nolan 1985
No Score Yet The Aviator Bruno Hansen $0.3M 1985
No Score Yet Embassy Ambassador Arthur Ingram 1985
57% Irreconcilable Differences David Kessler 1984
No Score Yet Concrete Jungle Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster Director 1981
No Score Yet Our Family Business Actor 1981
100% The Competition Erskine 1980
81% Private Benjamin Teddy Benjamin 1980
No Score Yet From Hell to Victory Ray MacDonald 1979
82% Death on the Nile Rockford 1978
No Score Yet Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case Director 1977
0% Billy Jack Goes to Washington Bailey 1977
63% Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Director Actor 1977
89% Voyage of the Damned Carl Rosen 1976
No Score Yet Sell Out Sickles 1976
No Score Yet The Billion Dollar Bubble Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Spiral Staircase Lt. Fields 1975
No Score Yet Catlow Director 1971
No Score Yet The Executioner Director 1970
No Score Yet The File of the Golden Goose Director 1969
No Score Yet The Day the Fish Came Out, (...Otan ta psaria vgikan sti steria!) Elias 1967
No Score Yet Danger Route Lucinda 1967
No Score Yet Warning Shot Frank Sanderman 1967
71% Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines George Gruber 1965
87% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold Peters 1965
No Score Yet The Winston Affair (Man in the Middle) Maj. Kaufman 1964
No Score Yet Taras Bulba Filipenko 1962
No Score Yet Concrete Jungle (The Criminal) Mike Carter 1961
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes Narrator 1959
No Score Yet Christ in Concrete Geremio 1949
No Score Yet My Girl Tisa Mark Denek 1948


No Score Yet Columbo
  • 1989
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
  • 1965
No Score Yet American Playhouse


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