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Sidney Lumet

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: Died in New York, NewYork, USA
Cause of death: Lymphoma
Immediate Family:

Son of Baruch Lumet and Eugenia Lumet
Husband of <private> Lumet
Ex-husband of Rita Gam; <private> Buckley (Jones) and Gloria Laura Vanderbilt
Father of Jenny Lumet and <private> Lumet
Brother of <private> (Lumet)

Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet (pronounced [luˈmɛt], loo-MET) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.

According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is 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 is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. "Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes," states Turner Classic Movies. "Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary."

One of his steady themes during his career has been the "fragility of justice and the police and their corruption," according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver "powerhouse performances from lead actors," and fine work from character actors and is today one of the foremost figures of New York moviemaking. His sensitivity to actors and to the rhythms of the city have made him "America’s longest-lived descendant of the 1950s Neorealist tradition and its urgent commitment to ethical responsibility."

Lumet began 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). Since then, Lumet has divided his energies among other idealistic problem pictures along with literate adaptations of plays and novels, big stylish pictures, and New York-based black comedies. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he is also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. For being one of the most reliable and dependable directors of the last half-century, in 2005 he received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture."

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Sidney Lumet's Timeline

June 25, 1924
Philadelphia, PA, USA
- 2008
Age 35
Self employed
February 2, 1967
Age 42
April 9, 2011
Age 86
New York, NewYork, USA
April 2011
Age 86