Elliot Silverstein

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Elliot Silverstein (* 3. August 1927 in Boston , Massachusetts as Elliot Silverstein Hersh ) is an American director and film producer . He became internationally known through the movies Cat Ballou - You Shall Hang in Wyoming , A Man They Called a Horse and The Devil on Wheels .

life and career

Elliot Silverstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1927. A graduate of the Yale Drama School , Silverstein taught theater courses at the beginning of his career before starting a career as a television director in the US series Omnibus in 1954 . From 1954 to 1964, Silverstein directed dozens of episodes from major television series , including episodes from Omnibus , Suspicion , The Westerner , Route 66 , Have Gun - Will Travel , Merciless City , Tonight, Dick Powell! , Dr. Kildare , Incredible Stories , Preston & Preston or Decision Hour .

In 1965 he began his film career in the cinema as a director with the satirical western comedy Cat Ballou - You should hang out in Wyoming with Jane Fonda . The film won numerous international awards, including the Oscar for Best Actor for Lee Marvin . The virtuoso score of the composer Frank De Vol , who was also to compose the music for Silverstein's next film, the comedy The Pack with Anthony Quinn in the lead role, also contributed a lot to the success of the film .

In 1970 Silverstein directed a western again, this time the drama A Man They Called Horse, with Richard Harris in the title role. The well-received soundtrack was created by the composer Leonard Rosenman , who was also supposed to write the dramatic score for the horror thriller The Devil on Wheels in 1977 for Silverstein, which Silverstein not only staged but also produced himself. The main actor in the film was James Brolin .

In the 1980s and 1990s, Elliot Silverstein returned to his TV origins as a director with a number of television films and episodes from popular television series such as Tales from the Crypt and Picket Fences .

He made his last contribution to the big screen with the action crime thriller Flashfire in the cast Billy Zane and Louis Gossett Jr.

A tireless fighter behind the scenes, Silverstein also helped enforce improvements for directors in the editing room and, in the 1980s, protect old classic Hollywood films from the modern day computer coloring of media mogul Ted Turner on television.

Elliot Silverstein was married to actress Evelyn Ward from 1961 to 1968 . Silverstein is the former stepfather of actor David Cassidy . He has been married to Alana King for the second time since 1982.



Filmography as a director

movie theater

watch TV

  • 1954–1956: Omnibus (TV series, two episodes)
  • 1958: Suspicion (TV series, two episodes)
  • 1960: Black Saddle (TV series, one episode)
  • 1960: Danger Underwater ( Assignment: Underwater , TV series, one episode)
  • 1960: The Westerner (TV series, one episode)
  • 1961: Checkmate (TV series, one episode)
  • 1960–1961: Route 66 (TV series, five episodes)
  • 1961: Have Gun - Will Travel (TV series, one episode)
  • 1961–1962: Merciless City ( Naked City , television series, eight episodes)
  • 1962: Belle Sommers (TV movie)
  • 1962: Tonight, Dick Powell! ( The Dick Powell Show , TV series, one episode)
  • 1961–1963: Dr. Kildare (TV series, twelve episodes)
  • 1961–1964: Incredible Stories (TV series, four episodes)
  • 1962–1964: The Nurses (TV series, four episodes)
  • 1962–1964: Preston & Preston ( The Defenders , television series, four episodes)
  • 1963: Breaking Point (TV series, one episode)
  • 1963–1964: Decision Hour ( Kraft Mystery Theater , TV series, three episodes)
  • 1964: Arrest and Trial (TV series, one episode)
  • 1986: Betrayed ( Betrayed by Innocence , TV movie)
  • 1987: Night of Courage (TV movie)
  • 1987: On a Friday Night ( Fight for Life , TV movie)
  • 1990: Rich Men, Single Women (TV movie)
  • 1991–1994: Tales from the Crypt ( Tales from the Crypt , television series, four episodes)
  • 1993: Picket Fences ( Picket Fences , TV series, one episode)
Filmography as a film producer


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Biographical data by Elliot Silverstein in: International Television & Video Almanac , by Eileen S. Quigley, Quigley Publishing Company, 2006, p. 413
  2. ^ Elliot Silverstein in: Fischer Film Almanach , by Horst Schäfer, Walter Schobert, Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1995, page 125