In 1952, he won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for The Sea Around Us.
Allen's film credits include The Lost World (1961), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea(1961), Five Weeks In a Balloon (1962), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Towering Inferno (1974), The Swarm (1978) and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979).
His television credits include The Swiss Family Robinson (1975-76), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-68), The Time Tunnel (1966-67), Lost in Space (1965-68) and Land of the Giants (1967-70).
Allen was immortalized and satirized in song by Killdozer's 1989 song Man vs. Nature, which characterizes Allen as the Master of Realism. The song's three verses mention three prominent disaster films of the 1970's, including The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake (which was not directed by Allen, in spite of the song's misattribution), and The Towering Inferno.
Irwin Allen Facts
|Occupation||Producer, Director, Screenwriter|
|Birthday||June 12, 1916|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|
|Date of death||November 2, 1991 (Santa Monica, California, USA, age 75)|
|The Swarm: Expanded Edition|
|City Beneath The Sea|
|The Towering Inferno|
|Beyond the Poseidon Adventure|
|Rendezvous With Yesterday|
|When Time Ran Out|
|The Village of Guilt|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea / Fantastic Voyage|