was known as "The dean of big-budget action movies made during the 1950s and 1960". Sturges' movies include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Ice Station Zebra and Marooned (movie).
He started in Hollywood in 1932 as an editor. In World War II he started directing documentaries and training films for the US Army Air Corps. Sturges' mainstream directorial career began in 1946 with The Man Who Dared the first of many grade-B movies. He then use widescreen CinemaScope format imaginatively by placing Spencer Tracy all alone against a vast desert panorama in the suspense Bad Day at Black Rock (1955, for which he received a Best Director Oscar nomination).
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
John Sturges Facts
|Birth Name||John Eliot Sturges|
|Birthday||January 3, 1911|
|Birthplace||Oak Park, Illinois, USA|
|Date of death||August 18, 1992 (San Luis Obispo, California, USA, age 81)|
|The Great Escape|
|The Magnificent Seven|
|Bad Day at Black Rock|
|Ice Station Zebra|
|The Eagle Has Landed|
|The Old Man And The Sea|
|Clint Eastwood Western Icon Collection|