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Stuart Rosenberg

Stuart Rosenberg

Stuart Rosenberg was an American film and television director whose notable works included the movies Cool Hand Luke (1967), Voyage of the Damned (1976), The Amityville Horror (1979), and The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)

Early life and career

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Rosenberg studied Irish literature at New York University in Manhattan, and began working as an apprentice film editor while in graduate school. After advancing to film editor, he then transitioned into directing in 1957 with the syndicated television series Decoy, starring Beverly Garland as an undercover police woman. It was the first police series on American television built around a female protagonist.

Over the next two years, Rosenberg directed 15 episodes of the 1958-1963 ABC police-detective series Naked City, which like Decoy was shot in New York City. Rosenberg was then hired to direct his first film, Murder, Inc. (1960), starring Peter Falk, but a strike by both the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild resulted in his leaving the film and being replaced by its producer, Burt Balaban. Rosenberg returned to television, directing 15 episodes of The Untouchables, eight of the anthology Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, five of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and three of The Twilight Zone, along with episodes of Adventures in Paradise, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Ben Casey, Clint Eastwood's Rawhide, and Falk's The Trials of O'Brien, among other shows. He won a 1963 Emmy Award for directing The Madman, one of his 19 episodes of the esteemed courtroom drama The Defenders.

Film career

Following the Lutheran-financed U.S.-German co-production Question 7 (1961), filmed in West Berlin, Germany, Rosenberg shot the 1965 TV-movie, Memorandum for a Spy and the 1966 telefilm Fame Is the Name of the Game before making his major-studio debut with the Paul Newman hit Cool Hand Luke (1967). Rosenberg had come across Donn Pearce's chain gang novel and developed the film with actor Jack Lemmon's production company, Jalem. Years later, Rosenberg would replace Bob Rafelson on another prison movie, Brubaker (1980) starring Robert Redford.

Other Rosenberg films include The April Fools (1969), the American debut of French actress Catherine Deneuve; the Newman movies WUSA (1970), Pocket Money (1972) and The Drowning Pool (1975); the Walter Matthau police-detective thriller The Laughing Policeman (1973); the Charles Bronson action picture Love and Bullets (1979); and another action movie Let's Get Harry (1986), in which Rosenberg used the standard Directors Guild of America pseudonym Alan Smithee.

He made his last film, the independent drama My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, in 1991.

Later career

Beginning in 1993, Rosenberg was a teacher at the American Film Institute. Among his students were filmmakers Darren Aronofsky, Todd Field, Mark Waters, Scott Silver, Doug Ellin and Rob Schmidt.

Personal life

Rosenberg died of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills, California.He was survived by his wife, Margot Pohoryles, whom he had met at NYU; son Benjamin Rosenberg, a first assistant director; and daughter Vivianne Rosenberg, as well as four grandchildren.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Stuart Rosenberg Facts

BirthdayAugust 11, 1928
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Date of deathMarch 15, 2007 (Beverly Hills, California, USA, age 78)

Selected Filmography

I Shot an Arrow into the Air
Cool Hand Luke
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 6
The Laughing Policeman
The Drowning Pool
Love And Bullets
The Amityville Horror
The Pope of Greenwich Village
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