He gained wide recognition for his direction of 1951's Death of a Salesman for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and a Best director nomination from the Directors Guild of America. However, it was for his directorial efforts on his next project that László Benedek is best remembered. His 1953 motorcycle gang film The Wild One caused a storm of controversy and was banned in the United Kingdom until 1968.
László Benedek spoke several languages and directed in Germany, making the 1955 film Kinder, Mütter und ein General and in France in 1960, directing Recours en grce. In Hollywood, Benedek went on to make more motion pictures but also became a significant director of television series beginning with the Perry Mason series in 1957. As well, he directed episodes of other shows including The Outer Limits, Mannix, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Untouchables, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Benedek died in 1992 in The Bronx, New York.
Laslo Benedek Facts
|Birthday||March 5, 1905|
|Date of death||March 11, 1992 (Bronx, New York, USA, age 87)|
|Awards||1952 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture (for Death of a Salesman)|
|Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 2|
|The Wild One|
|The Night Visitor|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour|
|The Man With The Power|
|Stanley Kramer Film Collection|
|The Outer Limits|