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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director." Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Description above from the Wikipedia article Sidney Lumet, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Jun 25, 1924 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie ...One Third of a Nation... 1939-02-10
Latest Project:
Movie By Sidney Lumet 2015-07-13
Known For
Poster of I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
Poster of Making
Poster of Inside the Actors Studio
Poster of American Masters
Movie By Sidney Lumet Himself 2015-07-13
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-01
Movie I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Himself 2009-01-16
Movie Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men' Himself 2008-03-04
Movie Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made 2008-04-15
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino Himself 2007-06-19
Movie The Making of Network Unknown 2006-02-28
Movie The Making of Dog Day Afternoon 2006-02-28
Movie Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust 2004-01-01
Movie Making "Murder On The Orient Express" 2004-09-07
Movie A Decade Under the Influence Himself 2003-04-25
Movie The Education of Gore Vidal Himself 2003-06-30
Movie The Tramp and the Dictator Self (uncredited) 2002-02-14
Movie Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' Himself - Director, 'Fail Safe' 2000-05-05
Movie Revisiting 'Fail-Safe' 2000-10-31
Series AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies Self 1998-06-23
Series Inside the Actors Studio Himself 1994-06-01
Series American Masters Himself 1986-06-23
Movie The Making of Tootsie Interviewee 1982-01-01
Movie Wiz on Down the Road Self - Director 1978-01-01
Series The Dick Cavett Show Himself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie The Sun... the Sand... the Hill Himself 1965-07-01
Movie ...One Third of a Nation... Joey Rogers 1939-02-10
Movie The 400 Million Additional Voice (voice) 1939-03-07