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Also Known As: Died: January 29, 2009
Born: September 11, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession:

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Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur." Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before returning to Germany as chief editor at the Tobin studios. In 1933 Marton left Germany and commuted between Switzerland, Hungary and England, where he directed "Wolf's Clothing" "Secret of Stamboul" (both 1936), and "School for Husbands" (1937). Marton returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s to film the ski sequences for "Two-Faced Woman" (1942), Greta Garbo's last feature. He replaced Compton Bennett as director of the African epic "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) after Bennett became ill. As a second-unit director Marton also shot sequences for such big-budget epics as "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) and "Cleopatra" (1963), as well as "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) and "Day of the Jackal" (1973).

Hungarian-born director and second-unit director, best known for his action and adventure films, most memorably the thrilling chariot race sequence in the 1959 remake of "Ben-Hur." Marton began his career as an editor at Vita Films in Vienna before going to Hollywood as Ernst Lubitsch's editor in 1923. He made his directorial debut there with "Two-O'Clock in the Morning" (1929) before returning to Germany as chief editor at the Tobin studios. In 1933 Marton left Germany and commuted between Switzerland, Hungary and England, where he directed "Wolf's Clothing" "Secret of Stamboul" (both 1936), and "School for Husbands" (1937).

Marton returned to Hollywood in the early 1940s to film the ski sequences for "Two-Faced Woman" (1942), Greta Garbo's last feature. He replaced Compton Bennett as director of the African epic "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) after Bennett became ill. As a second-unit director Marton also shot sequences for such big-budget epics as "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951), "A Farewell to Arms" (1957) and "Cleopatra" (1963), as well as "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Cabin in the Sky" (1943), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) and "Day of the Jackal" (1973).

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