Samuel Fuller

Filmmaker
Date Of Birth:
12 August 1912
Date Of Death:
30 October 1997
Place Of Birth:
Worcester, Massachusetts

Samuel Fuller was a maverick filmmaker who wowed critics in the 1950s and '60s with low-budget movies such as Pickup on South Street (1953), House of Bamboo (1955) and The Naked Kiss (1964). He started his career as a New York crime reporter when he was still a teenager. He then spent almost all of World War II as a combat infantryman, earning a Bronze Star and a Silver Star along the way. During and after the war, Fuller wrote pulp fiction and, by 1948, took to writing, producing and directing movies. He made a variety of B movies in the 1950s and '60s, earning a reputation for stories or violence and corruption. He didn't complete many movies during the 1970s, but had a comeback with The Big Red One (1980), a semi-autobiographical movie about his experiences in World War II. By that time, Fuller had achieved near-cult status, praised for his independence and cinematic instinct. His films include I Shot Jesse James (1949), Hell and High Water (1955), Merrill's Marauders (1963) and White Dog (1982).

Extra Credit

Samuel Fuller also acted in movies occasionally, notably in The American Friend (1977, with Dennis Hopper).

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