Don Siegel

Happy birthday to DonSiegeldirector Don Siegel, born Oct. 26, 1912 in Chicago, IL. Siegel began his film career in the 1930s as an editor and second unit director. In 1946, he made his debut directing features with the noir classic, The Verdict. He went on to direct nearly two dozen movies and television episodes in the 1940s and 50s, among them were seven more films noir: The Big Steal (1949), Count The Hours (1953), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), Private Hell 36 (1954), Crime in the Streets (1956), Baby Face Nelson (1957), and The Lineup (1958). He also directed the original version of the sci-fi horror classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Siegel is probably best known to movie audiences for many of the notable films he directed in 1960s and 70s, including Flaming Star (1960) with Elvis Presley, The Killers (1964) with Lee Marvin, Charley Varrick (1973) with Walter Matthau, The Shootist (1976) with John Wayne, and five films with Clint Eastwood, including Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), Dirty Harry (1971), and Escape From Alcatraz (1979). Eastwood credits Siegel for teaching him about film directing. Siegel died of cancer in 1991 at age 78.


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