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Sam Wanamaker

Highest Rated:   100% The Competition (1980)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Gangster Show: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet D.W. Griffith: Father of Film
  • Actor
1993
57% 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
76% Baby Boom
  • Curtis
1987
12% 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
62% Irreconcilable Differences
  • David Kessler
1984
No Score Yet Concrete Jungle
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Our Family Business
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Killing of Randy Webster
  • Director
1981
100% The Competition
  • Erskine
1980
81% Private Benjamin
  • Teddy Benjamin
1980
No Score Yet From Hell to Victory
  • Ray MacDonald
1979
80% 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
85% 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

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