Martin Ritt Overview:

Director, Martin Ritt, was born on Mar 2, 1914 in New York City, NY. Ritt died at the age of 76 on Dec 8, 1990 in Santa Monica, CA and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1963Best DirectorHud (1963)N/ANominated

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Paris Blues (1961, )

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

It?d be easily to blame Paris Blues?s lack of success on the screenplay. With three credited screenwriters and another with the adaptation, there?s literally not enough going on the film to keep it going for the ninety-eight minute runtime. There?s filler, whether it?s a jazz number or a scenic Pari... Read full article

Hud (1963, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 2, 2014 From The Stop Button

Every once in a while in Hud, it seems like Paul Newman's eponymous lead character might do something selfless. Not redemptive or nice, but selfless. It's not the point of the film and not one of its promises–it's just visible how significant it would be for Brandon De Wilde, pl... Read full article

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Directed 13 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Melvyn Douglas, Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Richard Burton, James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, Geraldine Page, Sally Field, Rip Torn, Alfre Woodard and James Garner. Neal, Douglas and Field won Oscars for their performances in one of Ritt's movies.

Ritt began as an apprentice actor in the last years of the celebrated Group Theater (1931-1940), the first company in American to put Stanislavski's techniques into practice. He appeared as "Sam" and was the assistant stage manager in the 1939 debut of Clifford Odets "Golden Boy" with Julie ("John") Garfield and two other fledgling actors who would also go on to direct films - Elia Kazan and Michael Gordon ("Pillow Talk"'). He also acted in one the last Group productions - Irwin Shaw's "The Gentle People" with another novice actor, new to Broadway, Karl Malden who appeared in a small role. In 1987 Ritt directed Malden in the film "Nuts" with Barbra Streisand.

Blacklisted in the 50s for past Communist affiliation.

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