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John Schlesinger

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Television Director | * 02/16/1926 († 77, 07/25/2003) | London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
John Richard Schlesinger (16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy, and was nominated for two other films (Darling and Sunday Bloody Sunday). ()

John Richard Schlesinger, CBE, was an English film and stage director, and actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Director for Midnight Cowboy, and was nominated for two other films (Darling and Sunday Bloody Sunday).Schlesinger was born in London, into a middle class Jewish family. His acting career began in the 1950s and consisted of supporting roles in British films and television productions. He began his directorial career in 1956 with the short documentary Sunday in the Park about London's Hyde Park. In 1958, Schlesinger created a documentary on Benjamin Britten and the Aldeburgh Festival for the BBC's Monitor TV programme, including rehearsals of the children's opera Noye's Fludde featuring a young Michael Crawford.By the 1960s, he had virtually given up acting to concentrate on a directing career, and another of his earlier directorial efforts, the British Transport Films' documentary Terminus (1961), gained a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. His first two fiction films, A Kind of Loving (1962) and Billy Liar (1963) were set in the North of England. A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlinale in 1962. His third feature film, Darling (1965), tartly described the modern, urban way of life in London and was one of the first films about 'swinging London'. Schlesinger's next film was the period drama Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's popular novel accentuated by beautiful English country locations. Both films (and Billy Liar) featured Julie Christie as the female lead.Schlesinger's next film, Midnight Cowboy (1969), was internationally acclaimed. A story of two hustlers living on the fringe in the bad side of New York City, it was Schlesinger's first film shot in the US, and it won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. During the 1970s, he made an array of films that were mainly about loners, losers and people outside the clean world, such as Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), The Day of the Locust (1975), Marathon Man (1976) and Yanks (1979). Later, came the major box office and critical failure of Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), followed by films that attracted mixed responses from the publicFrom 1973, he was an associate director of the Royal National Theatre, where he produced George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House (1975). He also directed several operas, beginning with Les Contes d'Hoffmann (1980) and Der Rosenkavalier (1984), both at Covent Garden. Schlesinger was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to film in 1970. In 2003, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for John Schlesinger

Commander of The Order of The British Empire Directors Guild of America Awards Academy Award for Best Director National Board of Review Award for Best Film BAFTA Award for Best Direction 3x Academy Award for Best Director

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Movies with John Schlesinger as Actor(12)

as Dr. Adrian Lodge1997 The Twilight of the Golds
as himself1996 The Celluloid Closet
as Man in Elevator (uncredited)1990 Pacific Heights
as Theatre Director (uncredited)1965 Darling
as Officer in Dream (uncredited)1963 Billy Liar
as Passenger (uncredited)1961 Terminus
as Mechanic1958 Stormy Crossing
as Assize Court Solicitor1957 Brothers in Law
as Dr. Goldfinger1956 The Last Man to Hang
as Ticket Collector1954 The Divided Heart

TV Shows/Series with John Schlesinger as Actor(2)

Movies with John Schlesinger as Crew(37)

Directing/Director2000 The Next Best Thing
Directing/Director1998 The Tale of Sweeney Todd
Directing/Director1996 Eye for an Eye
Directing/Director1995 Cold Comfort Farm
Directing/Director1993 The Innocent
Directing/Director1991 A Question of Attribution
Directing/Director1990 Pacific Heights
Directing/Director1988 Madame Sousatzka
Writing/Screenplay1988 Madame Sousatzka
Directing/Director1987 The Believers
Production/Producer1987 The Believers
Directing/Director1985 The Falcon and the Snowman
Production/Producer1985 The Falcon and the Snowman
Directing/Director1985 Der Rosenkavalier
Directing/Director1983 An Englishman Abroad
Directing/Director1983 Separate Tables
Directing/Director1981 Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Directing/Director1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
Directing/Director1979 Yanks
Directing/Director1976 Marathon Man
Directing/Director1975 The Day of the Locust
Directing/Director1973 Visions of Eight
Directing/Director1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday
Directing/Director1969 Midnight Cowboy
Directing/Director1967 Far from the Madding Crowd
Directing/Director1965 Darling
Writing/Idea1965 Darling
Directing/Director1963 Billy Liar
Directing/Director1962 A Kind of Loving
Directing/Director1961 Terminus
Writing/Writer1961 Terminus
Camera/Director of Photography1956 Sunday in the Park
Directing/Director1956 Sunday in the Park
Production/Producer1956 Sunday in the Park
Camera/Director of Photography1950 The Starfish
Directing/Director1950 The Starfish
Writing/Writer1950 The Starfish

Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Tuesday, 02/16 1926 (February) in London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Died: Friday, 07/25 2003 (July) in Palm Springs (aged: 77)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Balliol College, St Edmund's School, Uppingham School
John Schlesinger frequently works together with these people:
Joseph Janni (7x, Crew)
Jim Clark (7x, Crew)
Noel Davis (6x, Crew)
Bob Lawrance (5x, Crew)
Ron Grainer (5x, Crew)
Ann Roth (5x, Crew)
Dustin Hoffman (4x, Actor)
Alan Bates (4x, Actor)
Amy Roberts (4x, Crew)
Keith Waterhouse (4x, Crew)
Edwin Astley (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:298588, Added: 08/11/2018, Last updated: 10/04/2021