Ken Annakin Overview:

Director, Ken Annakin, was born Kenneth Cooper Annakin on Aug 10, 1914 in Beverley, England. Annakin died at the age of 94 on Apr 22, 2009 in Beverly Hills, CA .

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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1965Best WritingThose Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)N/ANominated
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On 2002, Annakin received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic.

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Trio (1950, and Harold French)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 18, 2017 From The Stop Button

Trio is a lopsided anthology of three W. Somerset Maugham short story adaptations. The first two segments, directed by , are deliberate, thoughtful, wry comedies. The last one, directed by Harold French–and taking up over half the film’s runtime–is something of a tragedy... Read full article


Quartet (1948, Ralph Smart, Harold French, Arthur Crabtree, and )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 11, 2017 From The Stop Button

Quartet opens with what turns out to be a questionable introduction from source story author W. Somerset Maugham. In the rather stodgy introduction to the film?featuring adaptations of four personal favorites from Maugham?s extensive bibliography?Maugham indentifies adjectives critics have given his... Read full article


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Following Annakin's death, George Lucas stated that, contrary to previous reports, he did not name the character "Anakin Skywalker" (Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)) after Annakin.

Was great personal friends with actor James MacArthur, who co-starred in several pictures he directed. In 2008, MacArthur and Annakin hosted a special screening of "The Swiss Family Robinson" - directed by Annakin and starring MacArthur - for a large family gathering at a film festival involving over 900 children. MacArthur visited Annakin frequently over the last year since the director suffered a heart attack and stroke in February 2008.

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2002 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.

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