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Andrew V. McLaglen

Andrew V. McLaglen



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Also Known As: Andrew Victor Mclaglen,Andrew Mclaglen Died: August 30, 2014
Born: July 28, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Director ... director producer assistant director


This son of Academy Award-winning actor Victor McLaglen learned the craft of directing apprenticing with the likes of John Ford, Budd Boetticher and William A Wellman. Ford had directed his father's Oscar-winning performance in "The Informer" (1935) and given the elder McLaglen new life in the cavalry trilogy ("Fort Apache" 1948, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" 1949 and "Rio Grande" 1950), which brought the six-foot-seven-and-one-half-inch Andrew V McLaglen in contact with John Wayne, inaugurating their long association. The actor produced Boetticher's "Bullfighter and the Lady" (1951) and starred in Ford's "The Quiet Man" (1952) and Wellman's "The High and Mighty" (1954) and "Blood Alley" (1955), all with the younger McLaglen as assistant director. The 'Duke' would later star in four pictures helmed by Andrew, beginning with "McLintock!" (1963), sort of a Western "Taming of the Shrew" reteaming him with frequent co-star Maureen O'Hara, and including "The Undefeated" (1969), "Chisum" (1970) and "Cahill, United States Marshall" (1973).

McLaglen directed his first features ("Gun the Man Down" and "The Man in the Vault") in 1956, followed by "The Abductor" (1957), starring his father. He then signed a long-term contract with CBS-TV, where he became quite proficient at the helm of episodic Western fare (e.g., "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun--Will Travel" and "Rawhide"), as well as the courtroom drama series "Perry Mason." His feature reputation rests on the Westerns starring Wayne and "Shenandoah" (1965), a sentimental drama capturing the heartbreak of America's Civil War starring James Stewart which is arguably his best picture; but these films are memorable more for their performances than any particular McLaglen touch. With the exception of "Sahara" (1984), all of his features after 1976 were foreign affairs, the most notable being the British production of "The Wild Geese" (1978). The best of his later work was for the small screen, including "Louis L'Amour's 'The Shadow Riders'" (CBS, 1982), "The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission" (CBS, 1985) and the miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (CBS, 1982) and "On Wings of Eagles" (NBC, 1986). His final feature efforts were the sequel "Return from the River Kwai" (1989) and the action thriller "Eye of the Widow" (1991), starring Oscar-winning character actor F. Murray Abraham. McLaglen died at his home in Friday Harbor, Washington on August 30, 2014 at the age of 94.

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