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Robert Aldrich

Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director | * 08/09/1918 († 65, 12/05/1983) | Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. His notable credits include Vera Cruz (1954), Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), Autumn Leaves (1956), Attack (1956), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and The Longest Yard (1974). Aldrich was portrayed by Alfred ()
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Robert Aldrich was an American film director, writer and producer, notable for such films as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Dirty Dozen (1967). Born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward Burgess Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin of Nelson Rockefeller. He studied economics at the University of Virginia. In 1941, he dropped out of college for a $50-a-week job at RKO Radio Pictures. In doing so, he was also dropped by his family, losing a potential stake in Chase Bank he would have inherited. It's been said that "No American film director was born as wealthy as Aldrich—and then so thoroughly cut off from family Money." He quickly rose in film production as an assistant director, and worked with Jean Renoir, Abraham Polonsky, Robert Rossen, Joseph Losey and Charlie Chaplin as an assistant on Limelight. He became a television director in the 1950s, directing his first feature film, Big Leaguer, in 1953. During the 1950s, Aldrich directed Mostly action films like Apache and Vera Cruz with Burt Lancaster. Aldrich soon gained recognition as an auteur filmmaker, depicting his liberal humanist thematic vision in Many genres, in films such as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), a film noir classic, The Big Knife (1955), an adaptation of Clifford Odets's play about Hollywood business, and Attack (1956), a WWII infantry combat film exploring how U.S. Army careerism determined who Attacked and who ordered the Attack. In the 1960s, he directed several commercially successful films, such as the gothic horror stories What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), with Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as spiteful sisters and faded child-actresses, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, with Bette Davis as a Southern woman who lives in a Mansion and thinks she is going insane (both Joan Crawford and Davis were to appear, but Crawford left the film); the controversial The Killing of Sister George (1968); and the hugely popular war film The Dirty Dozen (1967). The success of The Dirty Dozen allowed him to establish his own production studio for some time, but several failures forced his return to conventionally commercial Hollywood films. Nevertheless, his humanism is evident in The Longest Yard (1974), about the rigged-game politics, and Ulzana's Raid (1972) an uncompromising film based on the real life break-out from an Indian reservation of a band led by chief Ulzana, the extreme violence and torture they exacted upon isolated pioneer families in the Arizona territory, and their pursuit by the US cavalry. From his Marriage to Harriet Foster (1941–65), Robert Aldrich had four children, all of whom work in the film business: Adell, William, Alida and Kelly. Aldrich died of kidney failure on December 5, 1983 in a Los Angeles hospital. Film critic John Patterson summarized his career in 2012: "He was a punchy, caustic, Macho and pessimistic director, who depicted corruption and evil unflinchingly, and pushed limits on violence throughout his career. His aggressive and pugnacious film-making style, often crass and crude, but never less than utterly vital and alive, warrants – and will richly reward – your immediate attention.".

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | Action

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Movies with Robert Aldrich as Actor(2)

as himself1967 Operation Dirty Dozen
as Ringsider at Fight (uncredited)1951 The Big Night

Movies with Robert Aldrich as Crew(56)

Directing/Director1981 ...All the Marbles
Directing/Director1979 The Frisco Kid
Directing/Director1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
Directing/Director1977 The Choirboys
Directing/Director1975 Hustle
Production/Producer1975 Hustle
Directing/Director1974 The Longest Yard
Directing/Director1973 Emperor of the North Pole
Directing/Director1972 Ulzana's Raid
Directing/Director1971 The Grissom Gang
Production/Producer1971 The Grissom Gang
Writing/Screenplay1970 Too Late the Hero
Directing/Director1970 Too Late the Hero
Writing/Story1970 Too Late the Hero
Production/Producer1970 Too Late the Hero
Production/Producer1969 What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?
Directing/Director1968 The Killing of Sister George
Production/Producer1968 The Killing of Sister George
Directing/Director1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Production/Producer1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Directing/Director1967 The Dirty Dozen
Directing/Director1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
Production/Producer1965 The Flight of the Phoenix
Directing/Director1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Production/Producer1964 Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Directing/Director1963 4 for Texas
Writing/Screenplay1963 4 for Texas
Production/Producer1963 4 for Texas
Directing/Director1962 Sodom and Gomorrah
Directing/Director1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Production/Producer1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Directing/Director1961 The Last Sunset
Directing/Director1959 The Angry Hills
Directing/Director1959 Ten Seconds to Hell
Writing/Screenplay1959 Ten Seconds to Hell
Directing/Director1957 The Garment Jungle
Production/Producer1957 The Ride Back
Directing/Director1956 Attack
Production/Producer1956 Attack
Directing/Director1956 Autumn Leaves
Directing/Director1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Production/Producer1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Directing/Director1955 The Big Knife
Production/Producer1955 The Big Knife
Directing/Director1954 Apache
Directing/Director1954 Vera Cruz
Directing/Director1954 World for Ransom
Production/Producer1954 World for Ransom
Directing/Director1953 Big Leaguer
Directing/Assistant Director1952 Limelight
Directing/Assistant Director1951 The Prowler
Directing/Assistant Director1951 M
Directing/Assistant Director1948 No Minor Vices
Directing/Assistant Director1947 Body and Soul
Directing/Assistant Director1945 The Southerner
Directing/Assistant Director1945 Pardon My Past

TV Shows/Series with Robert Aldrich as Crew(4)

Directing/Director1959 Hotel de Paree
Directing/Director1959 Adventures in Paradise
Directing/Director1952 Four Star Playhouse
Directing/Director1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars

Full Name: Robert Aldrich
Born: Friday, 08/09 1918 (August) in Cranston
Died: Monday, 12/05 1983 (December) in Los Angeles (aged: 65)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Moses Brown School, University of Virginia
Other names for Robert Aldrich (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Robert Burgess Aldrich"
Robert Aldrich frequently works together with these people:
Michael Luciano (21x, Crew)
Frank De Vol (17x, Crew)
Joseph F. Biroc (15x, Crew)
William Glasgow (11x, Crew)
Wesley Addy (8x, Actor)
Ernest Laszlo (8x, Crew)
Richard Jaeckel (7x, Actor)
Charlie Chaplin (6x, Crew)
Burt Lancaster (6x, Actor)
Lukas Heller (6x, Crew)
John Orlando (6x, Crew)
Gene Levitt (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:10127, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 04/29/2020