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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 4, 1916 Cause of Death: succumbing to complications of lymphoma
Birth Place: Long Island City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, editor, 2nd unit director, sound technician, actor, assistant director, messenger boy

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The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits--at one point 15 consecutive box office winners. Though his artistry is not as renowned as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Busby Berkeley, Sidney can lay claim to having directed such classic musicals as "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) "The Harvey Girls" (1946), the 1951 remake of "Show Boat" and "Bye Bye Birdie" (1962).

The son of a producer and MGM executive, and a mother who was one of the Mooney Sisters in vaudeville, George Sidney worked his way up from messenger boy to director of numerous MGM musical hits--at one point 15 consecutive box office winners. Though his artistry is not as renowned as Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen and Busby Berkeley, Sidney can lay claim to having directed such classic musicals as "Anchors Aweigh" (1945) "The Harvey Girls" (1946), the 1951 remake of "Show Boat" and "Bye Bye Birdie" (1962).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Half a Sixpence (1968) Director
2.
  The Swinger (1966) Director
3.
  Viva Las Vegas (1964) Director
4.
  A Ticklish Affair (1963) Director
5.
  Bye Bye Birdie (1963) Director
6.
  Pepe (1961) Director
7.
  Who Was That Lady? (1960) Director
8.
  Pal Joey (1957) Director
9.
  Jeanne Eagels (1957) Director
10.
  The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 50 Years of Action! (1986) Himself
2.
 Key to the City (1950) Taxi driver
3.
 The Good Old Soak (1937) Kennedy
4.
 Diamond Jim (1935) The pawnbroker
5.
 Diamond Jim (1935) Uncle Ike
6.
 Manhattan Melodrama (1934) Poppa Rosen
7.
 The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble (1933) Nathan Cohen
8.
 Rafter Romance (1933) Eckbaum
9.
 High Pressure (1932) Ginsberg
10.
 The Heart of New York (1932) Mendel
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1921:
As five year old, co-starred with Tom Mix in "The Littlest Cowboy", a silent feature
1933:
Joined MGM as messenger boy
1935:
Began directing "Our Gang" comedies
1936:
Became director of MGM screen tests
1937:
Directed experimental 3-D short, "Third Dimensional Murder"
1940:
Directed Oscar-winning short film "Quicker'n a Wink"
1941:
Helmed Oscar-winning short film "Of Pups and Puzzles"
1941:
Made feature film directorial debut with "Free and Easy"
1945:
Directed classic musical "Anchors Aweigh"
1951:
Directed remake of "Show Boat"
1953:
Directed third Oscar-winning short film, "The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture"
1957:
Began producing with "Jeanne Eagels"; also directed
1961:
Served as president of Hanna-Barbera Productions
1964:
Produced the 36th Annual Academy Awards telecast
1965:
Received Emmy nomination for "Who Has Seen the Wind?"
1968:
Produced and directed final film, "Half a Sixpence"
:
With wife Corinne, hosted local Los Angeles cable TV show, "Reel to Reel"
1995:
Interviewed about his MGM years on American Movie Classics' "Unscripted Hollywood"
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Notes

Not to be confused with the character actor of the same name.

Sidney was the 36th member of the Directors Guild of America and served as its president for 16 years (1950-1966).

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wife:
Jane Robinson. Married 1978 until her death; widow of actor Edward G Robinson.
wife:
Corinne Entratter. Entertainment writer.

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father:
Louis Sidney. Producer.
mother:
Hazael Mooney. Performer. Appeared as one of The Mooney Sisters, a vaudeville act.
step-son:
Ben Entratter.

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George Sidney was married first to MGM drama coach, Lillian Burns, from 1942 to the mid-1970s.

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