Abraham Polonsky Overview:

Director, Abraham Polonsky, was born Abraham Lincoln Polonsky on Dec 5, 1910 in New York City, NY. Polonsky died at the age of 88 on Oct 26, 1999 in Beverly Hills, CA .



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best WritingBody and Soul (1947)N/ANominated

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Polonsky, a victim of the blacklist, was so offended when director Irwin Winkler changed the main character (a director who is blacklisted after refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee) of his script for Guilty by Suspicion (1991) from a Communist Party member to a relatively apolitical liberal that he not only had his name taken off of the picture, he also refused an executive producer credit that would have earned him a substantial fee. Polonsky was very vocal in the press about his anger with Winkler and his disapproval over the resulting movie.

Interviewed in "The Director's Event: Interviews with Five American Filmmakers", by Eric Sherman and Martin Rubin.

Critic Andrew Sarris said Force of Evil (1948), Polonsky's directorial debut, is "one of the great films of the modern American cinema." Blacklisted for nearly two decades after 20th Century-Fox fired him for refusing to "name names" before the House Un-American Activies Committee (HUAC), Polonsky continued to work--and earn even more money than he had before--using various pseudonyms, such as John O. Killens, for co-writing Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). In 1996, the Writers Guild restored his real name and credits.

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