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Robert Rossen (Rosen)

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, New York, United States
Cause of death: heart failure following surgery
Place of Burial: Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of <private> Rossen (Siegel)
Father of <private> Rossen; <private> Rossen and <private> Rossen

Occupation: Film director
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Rossen (Siegel)
    • <private> Rossen
    • <private> Rossen
    • <private> Rossen

About Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen (March 16, 1908 – February 18, 1966) was an American screenwriter, film director, and producer whose film career spanned almost three decades. His 1949 film All the King's Men won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while Rossen was nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. He won the Golden Globe for Best Director and the film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. In 1961 he made The Hustler, which was nominated for nine Oscars and won two. Rossen was nominated as Best Director and with Sidney Carroll for Best Adapted Screenplay but did not win either award.

Rossen was a member of the American Communist Party from 1937 to about 1947, and believed the Party was "dedicated to social causes of the sort that we as poor Jews from New York were interested in."[1] However, he finally ended all relations with the Party in 1949. Rossen was twice called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), in 1951 and in 1953. He exercised his Fifth Amendment rights at his first appearance, refusing to state whether he had ever been a Communist. As a result he was unofficially blacklisted by the Hollywood studio bosses, and he was unable to renew his passport. At his second appearance he named 57 people as current or former Communists and was removed from the unofficial blacklist. Subsequently he had to produce his next film, Mambo, in Italy in 1954 to repair his finances. While The Hustler in 1961 was a great success, conflict with the star of Lilith so disillusioned Rossen that he made no more films during the last three years of his life.


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Robert Rossen's Timeline

March 16, 1908
New York, New York, United States
February 18, 1966
Age 57
New York, New York, New York, United States
Age 57
Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester, New York, United States