Irwin Allen began his film career as a film producer in the late fifties. He soon made a name for himself with science fiction films such as "The Lost Wolrd" (1960) and "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1961) which was made into a successful television series…more
Irwin fired a pistol on sets often to get the reaction from the actors he wanted.
Irwin didn't like female guest stars on Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea as he felt they spent too much time in make-up. By the third season of the show, he had eliminated any female guest appearances entirely.
Irwin won the Oscar for Best Documentary for The Sea Around Us (1952) and was nominated for Best Picture with The Towering Inferno (1974).
Irwin Allen: Starting a picture, starts with a picture.
Irwin Allen: Me, if I can blow up the world in the first ten seconds, the show is a flop.