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David Greene (director)
Lucius David Syms Brian Lederman
(1921-02-22)22 February 1921
|Died||7 April 2003(2003-04-07) (aged 82)
Ojai, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Film and television director|
Lucius David Syms-Greene (born Lucius David Syms Brian Lederman; 22 February 1921 – 7 April 2003) was a British television and film director, and actor.
He was born in Manchester, England, and originally trained as a journalist, working for the Walthamstow Guardian. In the Second World War he served in the Merchant Navy but was invalided out in 1941. He became Publicity Manager for the Everyman Theatre in London before deciding to be an actor and training at RADA. He began public performances in 1948 including roles at the Old Vic. He moved into British films in the same year, including some minor "classics" such as The Wooden Horse.
Greene's career began as a stage actor and director in Britain in 1948. In 1950, he appeared in the film The Wooden Horse. In Hollywood, Greene became best known for television and film productions. Among these were:
- A Season in Purgatory (1996) starring Patrick Dempsey
- Children of the Dust (1995) starring Sidney Poitier
- In the Best Interest of the Child (1990) starring Meg Tilly
- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1991) starring the Redgrave sisters, Lynn and Vanessa, a remake of the 1962 film of the same name.
- Liberace: Behind the Music (1988) starring Victor Garber
- Inherit the Wind (1988) starring Kirk Douglas and Jason Robards Jr.
- Circle of Violence (1986) starring Tuesday Weld and River Phoenix; won a Wise Owl Award for Outstanding Television film.
- Fatal Vision (1984) starring Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint
- Rehearsal for Murder (1982) starring Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave
- Friendly Fire (1979) starring Carol Burnett; won Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special
- Roots (1977) starring Lorne Greene and Maya Angelou; won Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) starring Nick Nolte and Ray Milland; won Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
- Godspell (1973); the film was nominated for the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival
- Madame Sin (1972) starring Bette Davis and Robert Wagner
- The People Next Door (1970), an episode of CBS Playhouse starring Eli Wallach and Julie Harris; won Emmy Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama
Greene was married seven times: Margaret Lane (1941–48), Katharine Blake (1948–59), Eileen Grace Jack (1959–70), Thomasina Doreen Patricia Jones (1972–73), Vanessa Linsell (1975–81), Lauren Rickey Greene (1981–2001) and Kelly Greene (2003). Greene was divorced from five of his seven wives. His marriage to Thomasina ended in her death and his seventh ended in his own death three days later. He had one child each with Vanessa Linsell, Thomasina Jones, Eileen Grace Jack and Katharine Blake.
- Daughter of Darkness (1948)
- The Small Voice (1948)
- The Golden Madonna (1949)
- The Wooden Horse (1950)
- Let's Have a Murder (1950)
- The Dark Light (1951)
- The Shuttered Room (1967)
- Sebastian (1968)
- The Strange Affair (1968)
- I Start Counting (1969)
- Gray Lady Down (1977)
- Hard Country (1981)
- The Penthouse (1989)
Greene learned his acting craft in the renowned repertory theatre, the Oxford Playhouse, during the 1940s, in particular working under the director Peter Ashmore.
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