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John Schlesinger
John Richard Schlesinger

(1926-02-16)16 February 1926
Died 25 July 2003(2003-07-25) (aged 77)
Occupation Movie director

John Richard Schlesinger, CBE (16 February 1926 – 25 July 2003) was a British movie director. He was born into a Jewish family in London. He was openly gay. He died of a stroke in Palm Springs, California, United States.

Schlesinger's acting career began in the 1950s. He started to direct in 1956. By the 1960s he was not acting so he could just direct. His documentary Terminus (1961), got a Venice Film Festival Gold Lion and a British Academy Award. A Kind of Loving won the Golden Bear award at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival in 1962. Schlesinger's movie, Midnight Cowboy (1969), made in the United States, was internationally successful. A story of two hustlers living on the fringe in the bad side of New York City, it was Schlesinger's first movie shot in the U.S. It won Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. In 1996 he received the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, a lifetime achievement award.


Feature and television movies (as Director)
  • A Kind of Loving (1962)
  • Billy Liar (1963)
  • Darling (1965)
  • Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
  • Visions of Eight (1973)
  • The Day of the Locust (1975)
  • Marathon Man (1976)
  • Yanks (1979)
  • Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
  • Privileged (1982)
  • Separate Tables (1983) (TV)
  • An Englishman Abroad (1983) (TV)
  • The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
  • The Believers (1987)
  • Madame Sousatzka (1988)
  • Pacific Heights (1990)
  • A Question of Attribution (1991) (TV)
  • The Innocent (1993)
  • Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)
  • Eye for an Eye (1996)
  • The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998) (TV)
  • The Next Best Thing (2000)
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