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Also Known As: John Eliot Sturges Died: August 18, 1992
Born: January 3, 1910 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, USA Profession: director, editor

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Reliable Hollywood craftsman who established his reputation in the mid-1950s with a series of intense, morally charged features such as "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), before moving on to bigger--though not especially better--productions.Sturges began his career as an editor, co-directed the war documentary, "Thunderbolt" (1945), with William Wyler, and subsequently specialized in action and western features. Other notable films include "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963) and--Howard Hughes' favorite movie--"Ice Station Zebra" (1968).

Reliable Hollywood craftsman who established his reputation in the mid-1950s with a series of intense, morally charged features such as "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1954) and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), before moving on to bigger--though not especially better--productions.

Sturges began his career as an editor, co-directed the war documentary, "Thunderbolt" (1945), with William Wyler, and subsequently specialized in action and western features. Other notable films include "The Magnificent Seven" (1960), "The Great Escape" (1963) and--Howard Hughes' favorite movie--"Ice Station Zebra" (1968).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  The Eagle Has Landed (1976) Director
2.
  McQ (1974) Director
3.
  Chino (1973) Director
4.
  Joe Kidd (1972) Director
5.
  Le Mans (1971) Director
6.
  Marooned (1969) Director
7.
  Ice Station Zebra (1968) Director
8.
  Hour of the Gun (1967) Director
9.
  The Hallelujah Trail (1965) Director
10.
  The Satan Bug (1965) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1932:
Worked as assistant in blueprint department, then in art department, RKO-Radio Pictures
1934:
Became assistant film editor, then production assistant for David O. Selznick
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Worked as a film editor
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Served as captain in Air Corps during WWII; directed and edited 45 documentaries and training films
1946:
Signed as a director by Columbia; diretorial debut "The Man Who Dared"
1949:
Joined MGM
1960:
Began working on independent productions; co-founded The Mirisch Company
1977:
Directed last film, "The Eagle Has Landed"
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Education

Marin Junior College: San Rafael , California - 1930 - 1932

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wife:
Dorothy Lynn Brooks. Married on January 5, 1945; divorced.
wife:
Katherine Sturges. Survived him.

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daughter:
Deborah Lynn Sturges Wyle.
son:
Michael Eliot Sturges.

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