Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn

88 (passed away Sep. 28th, 2010)
Sep. 27th, 1922
Born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Beastmaster TV Show

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Arthur Hiller Penn was an American actor, director and producer of film, television and theater. He is known for The Gulf Playhouse, Goodyear Playhouse, Producer's Showcase, Playhouse 90 and Beastmaster.

  • Hospitalized with pneumonia in a New York hospital [July 14, 2009].
  • Was an early contender to direct _The Stunt Man (1980)_ (qv) and used elements from that film's source, the 'Paul Brodeur' (qv) novel of the same name, in the story of _Night Moves (1975)_ (qv).
  • Won Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Director (Dramatic) for "The Miracle Worker." He was also Tony-nominated two other times: in 1958 as Best Director for "Two for the Seesaw." and in 1961 as Best Director (Dramatic) for "All the Way Home."
  • Interviewed in "The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Filmmakers," by Eric Sherman and Martin Rubin.
  • Older brother is renowned photographer 'Irving Penn' (qv).
  • Hospitalized with pneumonia in July 2009.
  • He directed 8 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: 'Patty Duke' (qv), 'Anne Bancroft (I)' (qv), 'Estelle Parsons' (qv), 'Warren Beatty' (qv), 'Faye Dunaway' (qv), 'Gene Hackman' (qv), 'Michael J. Pollard' (qv) and 'Chief Dan George' (qv). Duke, Bancroft and Parsons won Oscars for their performances in one of Penn's movies.
  • Father of 'Matthew Penn (III)' (qv).

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