Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet (June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his name. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific directors of the modern era, making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors", "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director." Lumet began his career as an Off-Broadway director, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie was typical of his best work: a well-acted, tightly written, deeply considered "problem picture," 12 Angry Men (1957). From that point on Lumet divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). Description above from the Wikipedia article Sidney Lumet, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​
Known For Directing
Most Rating 6.105
Birthday 1924-06-25
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Also Known As
By Sidney Lumet
2015

By Sidney Lumet

The Making of 'Network'
2006

The Making of 'Network'

Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made
2008

Directed by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made

Revisiting 'Fail-Safe'
2000

Revisiting 'Fail-Safe'

One Third of a Nation
1939

One Third of a Nation

The Sun... the Sand... the Hill
1965

The Sun... the Sand... the Hill

The Making of Tootsie
1982

The Making of Tootsie

Wiz on Down the Road
1978

Wiz on Down the Road

The Making of Dog Day Afternoon
2006

The Making of Dog Day Afternoon

The 400 Million
1939

The 400 Million

Prince of the City: The Real Story
2007

Prince of the City: The Real Story

The Education of Gore Vidal
2003

The Education of Gore Vidal

Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
2000

Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'

Fonda on Fonda
1992

Fonda on Fonda

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men'
2008

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men'

Making "Murder On The Orient Express"
2004

Making "Murder On The Orient Express"

The Tramp and the Dictator
2002

The Tramp and the Dictator

Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film
2006

Eugene O’Neill: A Documentary Film

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
2004

Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
2009

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

A Decade Under the Influence
2003

A Decade Under the Influence

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino
2007

AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino

Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery
2002

Intimate Portrait: Sean Connery

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
2008

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

The Manchurian Candidate
2004

The Manchurian Candidate

And the Oscar Goes To...
2014

And the Oscar Goes To...