Robert Aldrich

About Robert Aldrich

Who is it?: Director, Assistant Director, Producer
Birth Day: August 09, 1918
Birth Place:  Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
Occupation: Film director, film producer
Years active: 1945–1981
Spouse(s): Harriet Foster (m. 1941–1965; divorced) Sibylle Siegfried (m. 1966–1983; his death)
Children: 4

Robert Aldrich

Robert Aldrich was born on August 09, 1918 in  Cranston, Rhode Island, United States, is Director, Assistant Director, Producer. Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, and directed his first feature in 1953 (Big Leaguer (1953)). Soon thereafter he established his own production company and produced most of his own films, collaborating in the writing of many of them. Among his best-known pictures are Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Dieu Gi Da Xay Ra Voi Baby Jane? (1962) and the muscular WW II mega-hit The Dirty Dozen (1967).
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As per our current Database, Robert Aldrich has been died on December 5, 1983(1983-12-05) (aged 65)\nLos Angeles, California.

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Occupation Director
Age 65 years old
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Born August 09, 1918 ( Cranston, Rhode Island, United States)
Birthday August 09
Town/City  Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
Nationality United States

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Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Elsie (Lawson) and newspaper publisher Edward Burgess Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin of U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. He was educated at the Moses Brown School in Providence, and studied economics at the University of Virginia where he also was a letterman on the 1940 football team.


From his marriage to Harriet Foster (1941–1965), Aldrich had four children, all of whom work in the film business—Adell, william, Alida and Kelly. In 1966, after divorcing Harriet, he married fashion model Sibylle Siegfried.


He quickly rose in film production as an assistant Director, and worked with Jean Renoir (in The Southerner (1945)), william A. Wellman (The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)), Abraham Polonsky, Robert Rossen, Joseph Losey, Max Ophüls (Caught (1949)), and Charlie Chaplin, with the latter as an assistant on Limelight.


He became a television Director in the 1950s, directing his first feature film, Big Leaguer, for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1953.


Aldrich had worked on crews for films starring Burt Lancaster and Lancaster hired him to direct Apache (1954). It was a big hit and Aldrich's next movie, also for Lancaster, Vera Cruz (1954), did even better.


The success of these movies enabled Aldrich to turn Producer for his next movies. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) was a film noir based on a novel by Mickey Spillane. The Big Knife (1955) was based on a play by Clifford Odets.


After directing Joan Crawford in a melodrama Autumn Leaves (1956), Aldrich adapted another play for his own company, Attack (1956).


Aldrich worked on The Garment Jungle (1957), but was fired during filming. He was unable to get a job until he had an offer from Hammer Films and Seven Arts to make Ten Seconds to Hell (1959) in Germany. While there, he was head of the jury at the 9th Berlin International Film Festival. He stayed in Europe to make The Angry Hills (1959) for MGM in Greece.


Back in Hollywood he did The Last Sunset (1961) then made a Biblical Spectacular in Italy, Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) for Joseph E. Levine.


Aldrich optioned the novel What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and turned it into a film featuring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as spiteful sisters and faded child-actresses. It was a massive hit and restored Aldrich's commercial reputation.


He made a comic Western with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, 4 for Texas (1963), then did a follow up to Baby Jane, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), with Bette Davis as a Southern woman who lives in a mansion and thinks she is going insane (both Joan Crawford and Davis were to appear, but Crawford left the film).


He made the all-male action film The FLIGHT of the Phoenix (1965).


Aldrich had his biggest hit to date with The Dirty Dozen (1967). The success of The Dirty Dozen allowed him to establish his own film production studio for some time.


He made The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968), then The Killing of Sister George (1968). He produced but did not direct What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969).


He produced and directed Too Late the Hero (1970) and The Grissom Gang (1971).


He directed only Ulzana's Raid (1972) and Emperor of the North Pole (1973), both of which were box office disappointments.


Aldrich's commercial fortunes were revived after he had two hits starring Burt Reynolds: The Longest Yard (1974) and Hustle (1975).


He did a thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) and a comedy, The Choirboys (1977).


His last movies were comedies, The Frisco Kid (1979) and ...All the Marbles (1981).


Aldrich died of kidney failure on December 5, 1983 in a Los Angeles hospital.


In 2012, John Patterson of The Guardian commented that Aldrich is "a wonderful Director nearly 30 years dead now, whose body of work is in danger of slipping over the horizon." Japanese film Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa noted Aldrich's influence on him.

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