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Donald Siegel was born October 26, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois. Being from a musical family, he was artistically encouraged and was a stage actor during his youth. He attended schools in New York, but went to college in England and graduated from Cambridge University. After, he moved to Los Angeles. Here he became an assistant film librarian at Warner Bros.

Siegel worked his way up the ladder, eventually becoming the head of the montage department. In the forties he began serving as a second unit director, starting with “Sergeant York” (1941) starring Gary Cooper. He was one twice more in “Mission to Moscow” (1943) and “Northern Pursuit” (1943) before assisting director Howard Hawk in his Ernest Hemmingway tale “To Have and Have Not” (1944). In 1945 he finally directed his first feature, the family drama short “Star in the Night”. In the same year he directed another short, a documentary titled “Hitler Lives” (1945). Both of them won Academy Awards. The following year he made his feature film debut with “The Verdict” (1946), an innovative film-noir mystery. His second picture, “Night Unto Night” (1949), was a psychological drama about a suicidal woman (played by his then wife, Viveca Lindfors) and her dying love.

However, he did not find much recognition until the 1950's, when he made a string of crafty, action-packed 'B' features, many of which covered controversial subjects. Such films include “Riot in Cell Block 11” (1954), “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956), and “The Lineup” (1958). In 1959 he began his producing career with “Edge of Eternity”, which he also found a cameo role in.

In the 1960's and early 1970's he graduated to major 'A' pictures. As well, he found himself directing and producing shows on television. He directed two “Twilight Zone” (1963-64) episodes, produced two seasons of “The Legend of Jesse James” (1965-66), and directed and produced one episode of “Convoy” (1965). As for films, he directed Elvis Presley in the musical western “Flaming Star” (1960), Steve McQueen in the war drama “Hell is for Heroes” (1962), and Lee Marvin in the highly influential crime-mystery “The Killers” (1964), which he also produced and played an extra in.

In the late sixties, he began working with Clint Eastwood in a number of commercially successful and critically well received films. His Eastwood vehicles include the action packed “Coogan’s Bluff” (1968)  American Civil War melodrama “The Beguiled” (1970), controversial police thrillerDirty Harry” (1971), and prison-break flick “Escape from Alcatraz” (1979). He also produced all of these. Additionally, Siegel became the actor’s mentor – so much so that Eastwood dedicated his 1992 film “Unforgiven” to the director.  

Siegel’s other pictures include John Wayne’s final movie, “The Shootist” (1976), a 1978 remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, and his last effort, the Bette Midler comedy “Jinxed!” (1982). On April 20, 1991, the director passed away in Nipomo, California from cancer. For his success in the motion picture industry, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards gave him a Career Achievement Award.

1992       Here and Now

1985       Into the Night 

1982       Jinxed!  

1980       Rough Cut

1979       Escape from Alcatraz

1978       Invasion of the Body Snatchers 

1977       Fish 

1977       Telefon

1976       The Shootist

1975       McCloud

1974       The Black Windmill 

1973       Charley Varrick  

1971       Dirty Harry   

1971       The Beguiled

1971       Play Misty for Me  

1970       Two Mules for Sister Sara

1969       Death of a Gunfighter 

1968       Coogan's Bluff

1968       Madigan  

1968       Faces   

1967       Stranger on the Run

1965       The Legend of Jesse James

1965       Convoy 

1964       The Killers

1964       The Hanged Man  

1964       Destry 

1963       Twilight Zone 

1963       Breaking Point 

1963       The Lloyd Bridges Show 

1962       Hell Is for Heroes  

1961       Too Late Blues  

1961       Bus Stop  

1960       Flaming Star

1960       Alcoa Theatre  

1959       Edge of Eternity

1959       The Man from Blackhawk

1959       Hound-Dog Man  

1959       Adventure Showcase 

1958       The Gun Runners  

1958       The Lineup

1957       Baby Face Nelson

1957       Spanish Affair

1956       Crime in the Streets 

1956       Invasion of the Body Snatchers  

1955       The United States Steel Hour

1955       Frontier  

1955       An Annapolis Story

1954       The Lineup 

1954       Private Hell 36

1954       Riot in Cell Block 11

1953       China Venture 

1953       Count the Hours 

1952       No Time for Flowers

1952       The Doctor

1952       The Duel at Silver Creek

1949       All the King's Men

1949       The Big Steal 

1949       Night Unto Night

1946       Devotion

1946       The Verdict 

1945       Hitler Lives 

1945       Star in the Night

1945       Saratoga Trunk     

1944       The Adventures of Mark Twain

1944       To Have and Have Not 

1943       Northern Pursuit 

1943       Mission to Moscow 

1943       Background to Danger 

1943       Action in the North Atlantic

1943       This Is the Army 

1943       Edge of Darkness

1943       The Hard Way 

1942       Gentleman Jim

1942       George Washington Slept Here 

1942       Casablanca 

1942       Now, Voyager 

1942       Across the Pacific 

1942       Yankee Doodle Dandy 

1941       Sergeant York

1941       They Died with Their Boots On 

1941       Blues in the Night 

1941       One Foot in Heaven 

1940       Knute Rockne All American 

1940       They Drive by Night 

1940       All This, and Heaven Too

1940       Brother Orchid

1939       The Roaring Twenties 

1939       Confessions of a Nazi Spy 

Matinee Classics - Coogan's Bluff starring Clint Eastwood, Lee J. Cobb, Susan Clark, Tisha Sterling, Don Stroud, Betty Field, Tom Tully, Melodie Johnson, James Edwards, Rudy Diaz, David Doyle, Louis Zorich, Meg Myles, Marjorie Bennett, Seymour Cassel and Albert Popwell
Matinee Classics - Night Unto Night starring Ronald Reagan, Viveca Lindfors, Broderick Crawford, Rosemary DeCamp, Osa Massen, Art Baker, Craig Stevens, Erskine Sanford, Ann Burr, Johnny McGovern, Lillian Yarbo, Ross Ford, Almira Sessions and Dick Elliott
Matinee Classics - No Time For Flowers starring Viveca Lindfors, Paul Hubschmid, Ludwig Stossel, Peter Preses, Manfred Ingor, Oskar Wegrostek, Adrienne Gessner, Pepi Glockner-Kramer, Peter Czejke, Fred Berger, Helmut Janatsch, Karl Bachmann, Hilde Jaeger, Reinhold Seigert and Willi Schumann
Matinee Classics - Play Misty for Me starring Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin, Clarice Taylor, Don Siegel, Duke Everts, George Fargo, Mervin W. Frates, Tim Frawley, Otis Kadani and Brit Lind
Matinee Classics - Telefon starring Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Donald Pleasence, Tyne Daly, Alan Badel, Patrick Magee, Sheree North, Frank Marth, John Mitchum, Ed Bakey and Hank Brandt
Matinee Classics - The Beguiled starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr, Mae Mercer, Pamelyn Ferdin,Melody Thomas and Peggy Drier
Matinee Classics - The Duel at Silver Creek starring Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally, Susan Cabot, Gerald Mohr, Eugene Inglesias, Kyle James, Walter Sande, Lee Marvin and Goerge Eldredge

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