Sam Peckinpah

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Sam Peckinpah

American filmmaker and screenwriteradd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United States (64%), (17%), Germany (5%)

Main connections: Junior Bonner, Major Dundee, Steve McQueen

Linked to: American Film Institute, University of Southern California, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New York Yankees




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Sam Peckinpah was born in 1925 add something


In 1943, he joined the United States Marine Corps. add something


While a student, he met and married his first wife, Marie Selland, in 1947. add something


After graduation in 1948, Peckinpah enrolled in graduate studies in drama at University of Southern California. add something


Jerry Bresler - In 1950 he started producing shows for various night club acts like Robert Goulet, Sophie Tucker and Arlene Dahl, and this led him back to Hollywood where he produced such films as Richard Fleischer's "The Vikings" in 1958, Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee" and the James Bond fiasco "Casino Royale" in 1967


In 1954, Peckinpah was hired as "dialogue director" for the film Riot in Cell Block 11. add something


Don Siegel - In 1954, Peckinpah was hired as a dialogue coach for "Riot in Cell Block 11"


Willi Heinrich - His first commercial novel, "Das Geduldige Fleisch" , was published in 1955, and almost immediately was translated to English and published as "The Willing Flesh" , by Weidenfield & Nicolson in the U.K., and as "Cross of Iron" , by Bobbs-Merrill in the U.S. To date, the novel remains in print and in many editions; in 1977, Sam Peckinpah cinematically adapted it as "Cross of Iron", featuring James Coburn as the protagonist anti-hero Rolf Steiner


Arnold Laven - In 1957, Laven and his partners were collaborating with young screenwriter, Sam Peckinpah, on an episode of "Zane Grey Theater" when Laven came up with the concept for "The Rifleman"


In 1958, Peckinpah wrote a script for Gunsmoke that was rejected due to content. add something


From 1959 to 1960, Peckinpah acted as producer of the series, having a hand in the writing of each episode and directing five of them. add something


After divorcing Selland, the mother of his first four children, in 1960, he married the Mexican actress Begona Palacios in 1965. add something


William Conrad - He and Sam Peckinpah directed episodes of NBC's "Klondike" in the 1960–1961 season


Brian Keith - In 1960, he won acclaim for his starring role in Sam Peckinpah's short-lived series "The Westerner"


Action film - Notable action film directors from the 1960s and 1970s include Sam Peckinpah, whose 1969 Western "The Wild Bunch" was controversial for its bloody violence and nihilist tone


James Drury - In 1962 Drury got a substantial role as a lascivious gold prospector in the early Sam Peckinpah western "Ride the High Country"


Ride the High Country - "'Ride the High Country"' is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley


Sharon Tate - In 1964, Tate made a screen test for Sam Peckinpah opposite Steve McQueen for the film "The Cincinnati Kid"


Dub Taylor - He joined Sam Peckinpah's famous stock company in 1965's "Major Dundee" as a professional horse thief, and appeared subsequently in that director's "The Wild Bunch", as a prohibitionist minister who gets his flock shot up by the title outlaws in the film's infamous opening scene, "Junior Bonner", "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", "The Getaway", and "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid", as an aging, eccentric outlaw friend of Billy's


Arnold Laven - His directing credits in the western genre included "The Glory Guys", a 1965 feature written by Sam Peckinpah about George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry Regiment, and "Rough Night in Jericho", a 1967 western film starring Dean Martin, George Peppard, and Jean Simmons


Mitch Miller - In 1965 they sang the "Major Dundee March", the theme song to Sam Peckinpah's "Major Dundee"


Jim Hutton - In addition to being a gifted comedic actor, Hutton took on dramatic roles such as Sam Peckinpah's 1965 western "Major Dundee", returning to comedy in 1965 with "The Hallelujah Trail" and in 1967 starred in "Who's Minding the Mint-"


Major Dundee - "'Major Dundee"' is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn


By the fall of 1967, Peckinpah was rewriting the screenplay into what became The Wild Bunch. add something


David Warner (actor) - He appeared as Konstantin Treplev in Sidney Lumet's 1968 adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" and starred alongside Jason Robards and Stella Stevens as Reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue"


William Holden - In 1969, Holden made a comeback when he starred in director Sam Peckinpah's graphically violent Western The Wild Bunch, winning much acclaim.


Ernest Borgnine - One of his most famous roles was that of Dutch, a member of "The Wild Bunch" in the 1969 Western classic from director Sam Peckinpah


Kung Fu (TV series) - The series used slow-motion effects for the action sequences, which Warner Brothers had previously utilised in the 1969 Sam Peckinpah film "The Wild Bunch"


Defying audience expectations, as he often did, Peckinpah immediately followed The Wild Bunch with the elegiac, funny and mostly non-violent 1970 Western The Ballad of Cable Hogue. add something


John Crawford (actor) - Crawford co-wrote the screenplay of the 1970 film "The Ballad of Cable Hogue", directed by Sam Peckinpah


Stella Stevens - In 1970, Stevens starred opposite Jason Robards in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue", for which she received positive reviews


In May 1971, weeks after completing Straw Dogs, he returned to the United States to begin work on Junior Bonner. add something


Straw Dogs (1971 film) - "'Straw Dogs"' is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George


Junior Bonner - In May 1971, weeks after completing "Straw Dogs" in England, Sam Peckinpah returned to the United States to begin immediate work on "Junior Bonner"


Queen needed a hit, and they immediately began working on the film in February 1972. add something


While still filming The Getaway in El Paso, Texas, Peckinpah sneaked across the border into Juarez in April 1972 and married Joie Gould. add something


Steve McQueen - He worked for director Sam Peckinpah again with the leading role in Junior Bonner in 1972, a story of an aging rodeo rider.


Bob Dylan - In 1972, Dylan signed onto Sam Peckinpah's film "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", providing songs and backing music for the movie, and playing the role of "Alias", a member of Billy's gang with some historical basis


Mary Murphy (actress) - She was long absent from the big screen before acting in 1972 with Steve McQueen in the Sam Peckinpah film "Junior Bonner"


Gene Clark - The Dillard & Clark song "Through The Morning Through The Night" was used in Quincy Jones's soundtrack of the 1972 Sam Peckinpah movie "The Getaway"


Junior Bonner - "'Junior Bonner"' is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don Baker, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino


The Getaway (1972 film) - "'The Getaway"' is a 1972 American action-crime film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw


The year 1973 marked the beginning of the most difficult period of Peckinpah's life and career. add something


Todd Haynes - Gere plays a reclusive character called Billy, retreating from the world in an American pastoral, referencing Dylan's interest in American folk mythology and his performance in Sam Peckinpah's 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid; the sequence alludes to Dylan's period of exile living in Woodstock in the late 1960s and early 1970s


Still renowned in 1975, Peckinpah was offered the opportunity to direct the eventual blockbusters King Kong and Superman. add something


John Beck (actor) - That same year, he appeared as a character named "Poe" in the Sam Peckinpah western "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid", and in 1975, he appeared opposite James Caan as "Moonpie" in the original "Rollerball"


The film wrapped in September 1977, 11 days behind schedule and $5 million over budget. add something


Wolf C. Hartwig - In 1977 Hartwig decided to film a large budget World War II film shot in Yugoslavia from the German point of view and engaged Sam Peckinpah to direct "Cross of Iron"


Cross of Iron - "'Cross of Iron"' is a British-German 1977 war film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner


Convoy (1978 film) - "'Convoy"' is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young


He lived at The Murray Hotel in Livingston, Montana from 1979 until his death in 1984. add something


But during the summer of 1981, his original mentor Don Siegel gave him a chance to return to filmmaking. add something


By 1982, however, Peckinpah's health was in poor shape. add something


By the time shooting wrapped in January 1983 in Los Angeles, Peckinpah and the producers were hardly speaking. add something


The Osterman Weekend (film) - "'The Osterman Weekend"' is a 1983 suspense thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum


Sam Peckinpah died in 1984 add something


He died of heart failure on December 28, 1984 add something


The critically acclaimed videos led to Lennon's nomination for Best New Video Artist at the 1985 MTV Video Music awards add something


In 1988, however, Peckinpah's director's cut was released on video and led to a reevaluation, with many critics hailing it as a mistreated classic and one of the era's best films add something


In 1991, UCLA's film school organized a festival of great but forgotten American films, and included "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" in the program add something


The film remains popular and was remade in 1994 add something


In 2009 the 2 - disc special edition with a running time of 270 minutes was released on DVD. add something


Susan George (actress) - When asked in a 2013 interview about working with Hoffman and director Sam Peckinpah in "Straw Dogs", George said:


A rare film which had no home video release until 2014, "Noon Wine" is today considered one of Peckinpah's most intimate works, revealing his dramatic potential and artistic depth add something