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John Sturges

John Sturges 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 NameJohn Eliot Sturges
BirthdayJanuary 3, 1911
BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois, USA
Date of deathAugust 18, 1992 (San Luis Obispo, California, USA, age 81)

Selected Filmography

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
Joe Kidd
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