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Samuel Fuller

Crew | * 08/12/1912 († 85, 10/30/1997) | Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist, and film director known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s. Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote wit... ()
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Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist and film director known for low-budget genre movies with controversial themes. He was born Samuel Michael Fuller in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Rabinovitch, a Jewish immigrant  from Russia, and Rebecca Baum, a Jewish immigrant from Poland. After immigrating to America, the family's surname was changed from Rabinovitch to "Fuller" possibly by inspiration of a Doctor who arrived in America on the Mayflower.  At the age of 12, he began working in journalism  as a newspaper  copyboy. He became a crime reporter  in New York City at age 17, working for the New York Evening Graphic. He broke the story of Jeanne Eagels' death.  He wrote pulp novels and screenplays  from the mid-1930s onwards. Fuller also became a screenplay  ghostwriter  but would never tell interviewers which screenplays that he ghost-wrote explaining "that's what a ghost writer is for". During World War II, Fuller joined the United States Army infantry. He was assigned to the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, and saw heavy fighting. He was involved in landings in Africa, Sicily, and Normandy  and also saw action in Belgium and Czechoslovakia. In 1945 he was present at the liberation of the German concentration camp at Falkenau  and shot 16 mm footage which was used later in the documentary Falkenau: The Impossible. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.  Fuller used his wartime experiences as material in his films, especially in The Big Red One (1980), a nickname of the 1st Infantry Division. After his controversial film "White Dog" was shelved by Paramount pictures, Fuller moved to France, and never directed another American film. Fuller eventually returned to America. He died of natural causes in his California home. In November 1997, the Directors Guild held a three hour memorial in his honor, hosted by Curtis Hanson, his long time friend and co-writer on White Dog. He was survived by his wife Christa and daughter Samantha.

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

Known for these Movies & Shows

Shock Corridor

Certification unknown

1963 | 3.5/5 | 1h 41min
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Hell and High Water

Certification unknown

1954 | 3.2/5 | 1h 43min

Pickup on South Street

Certification unknown

1953 | 3.7/5 | 1h 20min

The Steel Helmet

Certification unknown

1951 | 3.6/5 | 1h 25min
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Awards & Nominations for Samuel Fuller

Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart Silver Star

Movies with Samuel Fuller as Actor(31)

as himself2013 A Fuller Life
2009 Carmel
as Himself (archive footage)2006 Filmmakers in Action
as Himself (archive footage)2005 The Real Glory: Reconstructing 'The Big Red One'
as Louis Bering1997 The End of Violence
as Gassot1992 La Vie de Bohème
as Father1990 Sons
as Chef de bureau Newsweek1990 Tinikling, or The Madonna and the Dragon
as Police Commissioner1989 Street of No Return
as Samuel Fuller1988 Falkenau, the Impossible
as Van Meer1987 A Return to Salem's Lot
as himself1986 Hooray For Holyrood
as Zoltan1984 Thieves After Dark
as Charlie Felton1982 White Dog
as Colonel Sharp1982 Slapstick (Of Another Kind)
as Old Man in Pool Hall1982 Hammett
as The American1977 The American Friend
as Doc Haskell1973 The Young Nurses
as Sam1971 The Last Movie
as Lui-Même1965 Pierrot le Fou

Movies with Samuel Fuller as Crew(84)

Writing/Writer1994 Girls in Prison
Directing/Director1989 Street of No Return
Writing/Writer1989 Street of No Return
Directing/Director1984 Thieves After Dark
Writing/Writer1984 Thieves After Dark
Directing/Director1982 White Dog
Writing/Screenplay1982 White Dog
Directing/Director1980 The Big Red One
Writing/Writer1980 The Big Red One
Directing/Director1978 The Meanest Men in the West
Writing/Screenplay1978 The Meanest Men in the West
Writing/Screenplay1974 The Klansman
Directing/Director1973 Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Writing/Story1973 The Deadly Trackers
Directing/Director1969 Shark!
Writing/Screenplay1969 Shark!
Writing/Writer1967 The Cape Town Affair
Directing/Director1964 The Naked Kiss
Writing/Writer1964 The Naked Kiss
Production/Producer1964 The Naked Kiss
Directing/Director1963 Shock Corridor
Writing/Writer1963 Shock Corridor
Production/Producer1963 Shock Corridor
Camera/Director of Photography1963 Shock Corridor
Directing/Director1962 Merrill's Marauders
Writing/Screenplay1962 Merrill's Marauders
Directing/Director1961 Underworld U.S.A.
Writing/Writer1961 Underworld U.S.A.
Production/Producer1961 Underworld U.S.A.
Directing/Director1959 Verboten!
Writing/Writer1959 Verboten!
Directing/Director1959 Dogface
Writing/Writer1959 Dogface
Production/Producer1959 Dogface
Directing/Director1959 The Crimson Kimono
Writing/Writer1959 The Crimson Kimono
Production/Producer1959 The Crimson Kimono
Directing/Director1957 Run of the Arrow
Writing/Writer1957 Run of the Arrow
Production/Producer1957 Run of the Arrow
Directing/Director1957 Forty Guns
Writing/Screenplay1957 Forty Guns
Production/Producer1957 Forty Guns
Directing/Director1957 China Gate
Writing/Writer1957 China Gate
Production/Producer1957 China Gate
Directing/Director1955 House of Bamboo
Crew/Additional Dialogue1955 House of Bamboo
Writing/Writer1954 The Command
Directing/Director1954 Hell and High Water
Writing/Screenplay1954 Hell and High Water
Directing/Director1953 Pickup on South Street
Writing/Screenplay1953 Pickup on South Street
Writing/Writer1952 Park Row
Directing/Director1952 Park Row
Production/Producer1952 Park Row
Writing/Novel1952 Scandal Sheet
Directing/Director1951 The Steel Helmet
Writing/Writer1951 The Steel Helmet
Production/Producer1951 The Steel Helmet
Directing/Director1951 Fixed Bayonets!
Writing/Screenplay1951 Fixed Bayonets!
Writing/Story1951 The Tanks Are Coming
Directing/Director1950 The Baron of Arizona
Writing/Writer1950 The Baron of Arizona
Directing/Director1949 I Shot Jesse James
Writing/Writer1949 I Shot Jesse James
Writing/Writer1949 Shockproof
Writing/Story1945 Gangs of the Waterfront
Writing/Screenplay1943 Margin for Error
Writing/Story1943 Power of the Press
Writing/Story1941 Confirm or Deny
Writing/Original Story1940 Bowery Boy
Writing/Story1938 Federal Man-Hunt
Writing/Story1938 Adventure in Sahara
Writing/Story1938 Gangs of New York
Writing/Screenplay1938 Gangs of New York
Writing/Screenplay1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Writing/Screenplay1936 Hats Off
Writing/Story1936 Hats Off

TV Shows/Series with Samuel Fuller as Crew(5)

Directing/Director1970 Scene of the Crime
Writing/Writer1970 Scene of the Crime
Writing/Writer1962 The Virginian
Directing/Director1962 The Virginian
Directing/Director1961 The Dick Powell Show

Additional Information

Full Name: Samuel Fuller
Born: 08/12/1912 in Worcester
Died: 10/30/1997 in Hollywood (aged: 85)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Languages: English (EN)
Other names for Samuel Fuller (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Sam Fuller"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7074, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/06/2019