Person - Aldrich, Robert (1918-1983)

Aldrich, Robert (1918-1983)




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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Rhode Island (Estados Unidos)  1918-08-09 - Los Ángeles (California, Estados Unidos)  1983-12-05


Robert Aldrich was an American film director, producer, scriptwriter and actor.

He left his economy degree at the University of Virginia to work on cinema, where he started in RKO studios as director assistant. He began directing TV series in 1950, until he directed his first movie in 1953, "Big Leaguer". He soon stood out due to his violent and critical movies, becoming a symbol of the American cinema in the postwar period. He founded his own production company, The Associates & Aldrich Company, and among his most famous movies are the western "Veracruz" (1954), the thriller "Kiss me deadly" (1955), "The big knife" (1955), "Whatever happened to Baby Jane" (1962) and "The dirty dozen" (1967).

He won the second prize in the Venice Film Festival for "The big knife" (1955) and the prize from the Italian critics for "Attack" (1956). He also won the prize for Best Direction for "Autumn leaves" (1956) in the Berlin Film Festival. He was married with Harriet Foster since 1941 until 1965. They had four children who worked in the cinema industry as well. It is said that he had a relationship with actress Sybille Siegfried. After "The flight of the Phoenix" (1965) his career fell, specially after the X rating of "The killing of sister George" (1968). In the last years, few movies like "The longest yard" (1974) had success. Between 1975 and 1979, Aldrich was the president of the Directors Guild of America (DGA). His last movie was "All the marbles" (1981). He died two years later.


Lugar de Nacimiento:

Rhode Island (Estados Unidos) in 1918-08-09

Lugar de Defunción:

Los Ángeles (California, Estados Unidos) in 1983-12-05

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Biblioteca Nacional de España


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