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Sidney Lumet

Born: 1924-06-25 - Died: 2011-04-09
Cause of Death:
Lymphoma


Death Summary: Lumet died in his home in Manhattan, New York, due to lymphoma. Following his death, both Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese paid tribute to Lumet. Allen called him the "quintessential New York filmmaker" and Scorsese stated Lumet's films enhanced the vision of New York City.

Who was Sidney Lumet : Lumet is a five time Academy Award nominated director, who directed for film and television for more than fifty years. The director is known for a style that integrates social commentary into thriller storylines, providing a unique stamp on the industry.

Sidney Lumet was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At an early age, he was involved heavily in the entertainment industry. His parents were a part of the Yiddish stage. He made his radio debut at the age of four, and stage debut at age five. During his younger years, he appeared in a large amount of Broadway plays. World War II interrupted his acting career, as he enlisted as a radar repairman stationed in India and Burma. Upon returning from service, he joined the Actors Studio and eventually started his own theater workshop. This led to him organizing an Off-Broadway group, of which he directed.

His directing work in Off-Broadway productions, led to him directing for television. A medium he would continue to work in for many years. He directed many shows during the 50's, with the likes of Danger, Mama, and You Are There, which co-starred Walter Cronkite.

Lumet's film debut would go on to be considered one of his best works. 12 Angry Men was a critical success, and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The movie led to Lumet becoming known for adapting theater into film. Around half of his filmography were movies which originated from the theater.

The 1970's would be the era when Lumet really hit his stride, with the release of Serpico, Murder on the Orient Express, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network. All of those movies combined, received 24 Academy Award nominations.

Lumet is renowned for integrating social commentary into all of his most successful movies. Most of these movies also relied on suspense and thriller storylines to progress the plot. But at the heart of each, there was a lesson to be learned. Which really made Lumet's style unique.

After his successful run in the 70's, Lumet would continue to direct. With his most critical success being The Verdict, starring Paul Newman. His last movie was "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead", starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, and Albert Finney. It was released in 2007.

Lumet was married four times. His fourth marriage was to Mary Gimbel, who he stayed with until he died. He is survived by his wife, and two daughters who he had through a previous marriage.
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  1. GShots TV by GARi Videography Says:

    I made and posted this memorial video in Sidney Lumet honor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twr83PZIVGQ

  2. Keith McDuffie Says:

    Mr Lumet’s Pictures were all a product of splendid filmmaking. Excellent Director.


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