Sidney Lumet

  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Died: April 9, 2011
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Made his stage debut by the age of 5 in New York's Yiddish Art Theatre, and made his Broadway debut at age 10 in the play Dead End.
  • Served as a radar repairman in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942 to '46.
  • During the early '50s, directed plays for the stage and for TV series such as Playhouse 90, Kraft Television Theatre and Studio One.
  • Made his feature-film directing debut in 1957 with the classic courtroom drama 12 Angry Men.
  • Published his first book, the film how-to guide Making Movies, in 1995.
  • Received the D.W. Griffith Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1988 Directors Guild Awards, and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1998 Gotham Awards.
  • Passed away from lymphoma in April 2011.

Awards

  • 1976, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1981, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1961, Emmy — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1958, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — United Nations Award: Nominee
  • 1967, BAFTA Film Awards — United Nations Award: Nominee
  • 1957, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1968, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Film: Nominee
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Film: Nominee
  • 1966, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1965, Cannes Film Festival — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1957, Berlin Film Festival — Golden Bear: Winner
  • 1978, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1976, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1988, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner
  • 1965, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1992, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1982, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
  • 1957, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1973, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1962, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1975, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Gail Jones — Ex-wife
  • Baruch Lumet — Father
  • Gloria Vanderbilt — Ex-wife
  • Jenny Lumet — Daughter
  • Rita Gam — Ex-wife
  • Eugenia Lumet — Mother
  • Piedy Lumet — Wife
  • Amy Lumet — Daughter
  • Bailey Gimbel — Stepson
  • Leslie Gimbel — Stepdaughter

College

  • Attended Columbia University, New York, New York, United States; attended The Actors Studio, New York, New York, United States

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