Mark Rydell

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3/23/1934 , New York, New York

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Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1935 as Mortimer Rydell) is an American film director known for his award-winning films "Cinderella Liberty" (1973), "The Rose" (1979), and "On Golden Pond" (1980). In the late 1950s, Rydell began his entertainment career as an actor in the television soap operas "The Edge of Night" and "As the World Turns." In the mid-1960s, he began directing television episodes on the series "Ben Casey," "The Wild Wild West," "The Fugitive" and "Gunsmoke." He began his feature film directing career with 1967's "The Fox." He would then move on to major motion pictures such as "The Reivers" (1969) starring Steve McQueen, Bette Midler as "The Rose" (1979) and in "For The Boys" (1991) and 1982's "In Golden Pond," which won Henry Fonda his only Academy Award and Katherine Hepburn her fourth Oscar. In 2001, he directed the TV movie "James Dean," which helped launch the career of James Franco ("127 Hours") and won Golden Globe and Emmy awards.