J. Lee Thompson

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John Lee Thompson (born August 1, 1914 in Bristol , United Kingdom , † August 30, 2002 in Sooke , British Columbia , Canada ) was a British director , screenwriter and film producer .


Thompson graduated from Dover College. He started out as a stage actor and wrote crime plays early in his career. One of his plays was successfully performed in London's West End in 1935 . This earned him work as a screenwriter. In 1939 he worked for Alfred Hitchcock as a dialogue coach for his film Riff Piraten . During World War II he served in the Royal Air Force . In 1950 he returned to film as a screenwriter and in the same year was given the opportunity to direct his first film as a director. Although his first film Murder Without a Murderer left him relatively unknown, he quickly developed into one of the most successful British directors of the 1950s. His film A Bait for the Beast then gave him a career in Hollywood in 1962 . Although he returned to England for a few films in the 1960s, he remained primarily a Hollywood director for thrillers and action films. During the 1980s he directed a series of films starring Charles Bronson for Cannon Films . Thompson made his last film in 1989 and died of heart failure at the age of 88 in his vacation home in Canada.


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