John Sturges Overview:

Director, John Sturges, was born John Elliott Sturges on Jan 3, 1910 in Oak Park, IL. Sturges died at the age of 82 on Aug 18, 1992 in San Luis Obispo, CA .



Although Sturges was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best DirectorBad Day at Black Rock (1955)N/ANominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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The Great Escape (1963, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 21, 2014 From The Stop Button

While The Great Escape runs nearly three hours, director Sturges and screenwriters James Clavell and W.R. Burnett never let it feel too long. Part of the quick pace comes from the first half hour being told in something like real time and another big part of it is the aftermath of the escape taking ... Read full article

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955, )

on Oct 4, 2010 From The Stop Button

My reaction to Bad Day at Black Rock is a guarded one. It runs eighty-one minutes and is frequently long when it should be short and short when it should be long. The conclusion, for instance, is something of a misfire. Ironically, after abandoning him for fifteen minutes near the beginning, the fil... Read full article

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Directed 2 actors to Oscar nominations: Louis Calhern (Best Actor, The Magnificent Yankee (1950) and Spencer Tracy (Best Actor, Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); The Old Man and the Sea (1958)).

John Sturges was the original director for Wild Is the Wind (1957), but on March 15, 1957, only a week before the shooting was scheduled to begin, he withdrew from the film due to illness, according to contemporary news items. George Cukor took over direction and stated years later in a interview that Sturges left the project to replace Fred Zinnemannon The Old Man and the Sea (1958), but a Cukor biography states that Sturges left the project when it became apparent that the film would be more of a love story than an action picture.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 1079-1085. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

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