John Sturges

About John Sturges

Who is it?: Film Director
Birth Day: January 03, 1910
Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, United States, United States
Occupation: Film director

John Sturges

John Sturges was born on January 03, 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States, United States, is Film Director. John Eliot Sturges was an American film director known for his westerns and the taut war movies. Commencing his film career in Hollywood in the early 1930s as an editor he went on to direct several training films and documentaries for the United States Army Air Forces during the ‘Second World War’. It was only post the war that he began directing mainstream films that included some classics like ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’, ‘Ice Station Zebra’, ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’ and ‘The Great Escape’. The latter made an entry to the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival. His remarkable use of the widescreen Cinema Scope format in the suspense drama ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ fetched him an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for Best Director. He also received nominations as Best Director from the ‘Directors Guild of America’ apart from a Palme d'Or from the ‘Cannes Film Festival’ for the film. His adventure drama ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ won the Best Foreign Language Film at the ‘Blue Ribbon Awards’ in Japan. In 1970 he received the ‘Golden Eddie’ Filmmaker of the Year award from the ‘American Cinema Editors’. The ‘Motion Picture & Television Fund’ conferred him with the ‘Golden Boot Award’ for his significant contribution over the years to the genre of Westerns.
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As per our current Database, John Sturges has been died on August 18, 1992(1992-08-18) (aged 82)\nSan Luis Obispo, California, United States.

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When John Sturges die, John Sturges was 82 years old.

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Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 82 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 03, 1910 (Oak Park, Illinois, United States, United States)
Birthday January 03
Town/City Oak Park, Illinois, United States, United States
Nationality United States

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He started his career in Hollywood as an Editor in 1932. During World War II, he directed documentaries and training films for the United States Army Air Forces. Sturges's mainstream directorial career began in 1946 with The Man Who Dared, the first of many B-movies. He made imaginative use of the widescreen CinemaScope format by placing Spencer Tracy alone against a vast desert panorama in the suspense film Bad Day at Black Rock, for which he received a Best Director Oscar nomination in 1955. Over the course of his career, Sturges developed a reputation for elevated character-based drama within the confines of genre filmmaking. He was awarded the Golden Boot Award in 1992 for his lifetime contribution to Westerns.


Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges, by Glenn Lovell (former film critic for the San Jose Mercury News), was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 2008.


He once met Akira Kurosawa, who told him that he loved The Magnificent Seven (which was a remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai). Sturges considered this the proudest moment of his professional career. Sturges' film was an inductee in the 2013 National Film Registry list, and commented that its popularity is due in part as a springboard for several young actors, transported the locale from Japan to Mexico, putting a twist into the career of Yul Brynner and having as part of its score the Marlboro cigarette commercial theme.

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