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Norman Jewison

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Director from the 1967 film In heat of the night time. His various other film directing credits are the Thomas Crown Affair, Fiddler on the top, and Moonstruck. He offered in the Royal Canadian Navy during Globe Battle II. His 1966 Chilly Battle satire The Russians Are Arriving, The Russians Are Arriving gained four Academy Honor nominations. He wedded Margaret Ann Dixon on July 11, 1953. The relationship produced three kids: associate maker Michael Jewison, video camera operator Kevin Jewison, and celebrity Jennifer Jewison. He was the movie director from the Andy Williams Display, which presented such superstar guests as Judy Garland.

Quick Facts


Full Name Norman Jewison
Date Of Birth July 21, 1926
Place Of Birth Toronto, Canada
Profession Director
Education University of Toronto, Victoria University, Toronto
Nationality Canadian
Spouse Lynne St. David, Margaret Ann Dixon
Children Michael Jewison, Kevin Jewison, Jennifer Jewison
Parents Dorothy Irene Weaver, Percy Joseph Jewison
Awards Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, ADG's Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, BAFTA United Nations Award, American Society of Cinematographers Board of the Governors Award, Genie Award - Special Achievement
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children/Youth/Family Special, DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television
Movies In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof, Moonstruck, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Hurricane, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rollerball, A Soldier's Story, ...And Justice for All, The Cincinnati Kid, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Only You, Agnes of God, The Statement, Other People's Money, In Country, Send Me No Flowers, F.I.S.T., The Thrill of It All, Bogus, 40 Pounds of Trouble, The Art of Love, Dinner with Friends, Gaily, Gaily, The January Man, Best Friends, The Landlord, The Dogs of War, Billy Two Hats, Iceman, Tell Them Who You Are, The Fabulous Fifties, Belafonte New York, The Judy Garland Show, Picture Windows: Trilogy 1, The Million Dollar Incident, Classical Baby: The Art Show
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1(April 11, 1998) When Canadian Jewison's Best Director Oscar nomination for Moonstruck (1987) coincided with directors Adrian Lyne (UK) for Fatal Attraction (1987), John Boorman (UK) for Hope and Glory (1987), Lasse Hallström (Sweden) for My Life as a Dog (1985) and winner Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy) for The Last Emperor (1987), this was the only instance in Oscar history where all five Best Director nominees were non-Americans.
2Toronto, Ontario, Canada [July 2007]
3In his DVD Commentary for "In The Heat Of The Night", Jewison recalled that shortly before he began production, Jewison took his family on a ski trip in Colorado. His broke his leg and went to the hospital. While there, he met New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy who also had an injured child in the hospital from his own ski trip. In the waiting room, the two men struck up a conversation. When he mentioned to Kennedy the movie he was working on, RFK became excited and said "This could be an important picture. Timing is everything." (RFK was famous for his championing of Civil Rights in the 1960's) Later, after the movie was released, one of the first awards it won was the New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture. When Jewison went to the ceremony to receive his award, he was presented with his award by none other than Robert F. Kennedy. When he got to the stage to accept the award, Kennedy was smiling and saying "See? I told you! Timing was everything!".
4Inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame in 1998 (charter member).
5Even though he was offended by it at first, A Clockwork Orange (1971) inspired him to make Rollerball (1975) a few years later.
6Was the original director of Malcolm X (1992), however had to withdraw from the project due to outside pressure demanding that the subject be made by a black film-maker.
7He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) on December 14, 1981 and the C.C. (Companion of the Order of Canada) on November 1, 1991 for his services to the film industry.
8The father of three children, Jewison hitchhiked across the Deep South region of the US at age 18; he was struck by its apartheid-like, strictly enforced racial segregation. He considers The Hurricane (1999) the last in a trilogy of racial injustice movies he's directed, the first two being In the Heat of the Night (1967) and A Soldier's Story (1984). Jewison cast a then-largely unknown Denzel Washington in A Soldier's Story (1984), then coupled him with Rod Steiger in The Hurricane (1999).
9Member of the Jury for AFI Motion Pictures Awards 2005
10Directed the original versions of both Rollerball (1975) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Both films were later remade by John McTiernan.
11Directed 12 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Alan Arkin, Rod Steiger, Haim Topol, Leonard Frey, Al Pacino, Adolph Caesar, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Cher, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis, and Denzel Washington. Steiger, Dukakis and Cher won Oscars for their performances in the films in which Jewison directed them.
12Had his own voice dubbed into Jesus Christ Superstar (1973); he's the Old Man in "Peter's Denial."
13Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 479-483. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
14Father of actress Jennifer Jewison.
15Father of camera-operator Kevin Jewison.
16Father of associate producer and location manager Michael Jewison.
17Attended same east-end Toronto high school (Malvern Collegiate) as famed concert pianist Glenn Gould.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Statement2003producer
Dinner with Friends2001TV Movie executive producer
Walter and Henry2001TV Movie executive producer
The Hurricane1999producer
Bogus1996producer
The Rez1996TV Series executive producer
Two Nudes Bathing1995Short executive producer
Picture Windows1994-1995TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Only You1994producer
Dance Me Outside1994executive producer
Geronimo1993TV Movie executive producer
Other People's Money1991producer
In Country1989producer
The January Man1989producer
Moonstruck1987producer
Agnes of God1985producer
A Soldier's Story1984producer
Iceman1984producer
Best Friends1982producer
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards1981TV Special producer
The Dogs of War1980executive producer
...and justice for all.1979producer
F.I.S.T.1978producer
Rollerball1975producer
Billy Two Hats1974producer
Jesus Christ Superstar1973producer
Fiddler on the Roof1971producer
The Landlord1970producer
Gaily, Gaily1969producer
The Thomas Crown Affair1968producer
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming1966producer
The Judy Garland ShowTV Series executive producer - 7 episodes, 1963 - 1964 producer - 1 episode, 1963
The Judy Garland Show1962TV Special producer
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe1962TV Movie producer
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges1960TV Movie producer
The Revlon Revue1959TV Series producer - 1 episode
The Barris Beat1956TV Series producer
On Stage1954TV Series producer
Let's See1952TV Series producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Thrill of It All1963
40 Pounds of Trouble1962
The Judy Garland Show1962TV Special
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe1962TV Movie
The Million Dollar Incident1961TV Movie
Bulova Watch Time with Pat Boone1961TV Movie
Belafonte, New York 191960TV Movie
An Hour with Danny Kaye1960TV Movie
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges1960TV Movie
The Fabulous Fifties1960Documentary
The Revlon Revue1959TV Series 1 episode
The Big Party1959TV Series 2 episodes
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams1959TV Series 2 episodes
Your Hit Parade1958TV Series 1 episode
The Adventures of Chich1958TV Series
The Barris Beat1956TV Series
The Wayne & Shuster Show1955TV Series
The Denny Vaughan Show1954TV Series 1 episode
The Big Revue1952TV Series
The Statement2003
Dinner with Friends2001TV Movie
The 20th Century: Funny Is Money1999TV Movie documentary
The Hurricane1999
Bogus1996
Picture Windows1995TV Series 1 episode
Only You1994
Other People's Money1991
In Country1989
Moonstruck1987
Agnes of God1985
A Soldier's Story1984
Best Friends1982
...and justice for all.1979
F.I.S.T.1978
Rollerball1975
Jesus Christ Superstar1973
Fiddler on the Roof1971
Gaily, Gaily1969
The Thomas Crown Affair1968
In the Heat of the Night1967
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming1966
The Cincinnati Kid1965
The Art of Love1965
Send Me No Flowers1964

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Statement2003Priest in black & white photo (uncredited)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn1997Norman Jewison (uncredited)
The Stupids1996TV Director
Canadian Pacific1949Joe Podge (uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
F.I.S.T.1978screenplay - uncredited
Jesus Christ Superstar1973screenplay: based upon the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bye Bye Love1995producer: "Mr. Moon"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Revue1952TV Series floor manager

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter2011special thanks
Family Man2011special thanks
The Dreaming2008/IShort special thanks
Private Screenings2007TV Series acknowledgment - 1 episode
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentary grateful appreciation to
Hollywood North2003thanks
Hal Ashby: A Man Out of Time2002Video documentary short special thanks
Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film2002TV Movie documentary special thanks
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'2001Video documentary short special thanks
Fiddler on the Roof: 30 Years of Tradition2001TV Short documentary thanks
Cube1997thanks
Blood & Donuts1995the filmmakers wish to thank
Rude1995special thanks
Highway 611991special thanks
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988Documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story2017Documentary post-productionHimself
The River of My Dreams2016DocumentaryHimself
Superstars2015Video documentaryHimself
The Fight for F.I.S.T.2015Video documentary shortHimself
I Am Steve McQueen2014DocumentaryHimself
Olympia Dukakis: Undefined2013DocumentaryHimself
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
Pablo2012Himself
Long Story Short: CBC Turns 752011TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Making a Scene2010TV MovieHimself
Canada for Haiti2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Northern Lights2009DocumentaryHimself
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres2008TV MovieHimself
A Love Story of Today2008Video shortHimself
A Special Kind of Love2008Video shortHimself
Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth2008Video documentary shortHimself
Private Screenings2007TV SeriesHimself - interviewee
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesHimself
The Outsider2006DocumentaryHimself
Life and Times1997-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family2006Video shortHimself
Moonstruck: The Music of Moonstruck2006Video shortHimself
The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
HARDtalk Extra2005TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself
The Last Illusion2005Documentary shortHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Comedy Gold2005TV Short documentaryHimself
Tell Them Who You Are2004DocumentaryHimself
Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters2000-2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Executive Producer / Himself - Director
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Hal Ashby: A Man Out of Time2002Video documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Greats1978-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Fiddler on the Roof: 30 Years of Tradition2001TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Spotlight on Location: Hurricane2001Video documentary shortHimself
Bravo Profiles2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Return to the Arena: The Making of 'Rollerball'2000Video short documentaryHimself
The Man on Lincoln's Nose2000DocumentaryHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Thalberg Award Recipient
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Steve McQueen: The King of Cool1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pitch1997DocumentaryHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Adrienne Clarkson Presents: A Tribute to Peppiatt & Aylesworth: Canada's First Television Comedy Team1996TV Movie documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio1996TV SeriesHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge1990Video documentaryHimself
Steven Spielberg: An American Cinematheque Tribute1989TV MovieHimself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director
Fräulein Berlin1984Himself
Les nouveaux rendez-vous1981TV SeriesHimself
The Paul Ryan Show1977TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHimself - Director
From Rome to Rollerball: The Full Circle1975ShortHimself / Narrator
Revista de cine1975TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director
Norman Jewison, Film Maker1971DocumentaryHimself
Cinema1971TV Series documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
2014Clyde Gilmour AwardToronto Film Critics Association Awards
2011Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
2011Joseph Plateau Honorary AwardGhent International Film Festival
2008Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year AwardAmerican Cinema Editors, USA
2007King Vidor Memorial AwardSan Luis Obispo International Film Festival
2003Board of the Governors AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USA
2003Billy Wilder AwardNational Board of Review, USA
2002DGC Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of Canada
2001Opus AwardASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
2001Award of ExcellenceBanff Television Festival
2000Prize of the Guild of German Art House CinemasBerlin International Film FestivalThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmThe Hurricane (1999)· Armyan Bernstein
· John Ketcham
2000Taormina Arte AwardTaormina International Film Festival
1999Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1999Lifetime Achievement AwardCamerimageFor film direction with special visual sensitivity.
1999President AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalRobert Wise Director of Distinction
1998Contribution to Cinematic Imagery AwardArt Directors Guild
1998Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Directing
1997Director's Achievement AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
1988Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest DirectorMoonstruck (1987)
1988Special Achievement GenieGenie Awards
1988Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 14 November 1988. At 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1985Golden PrizeMoscow International Film FestivalA Soldier's Story (1984)
1974DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
1969Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)In the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968UN AwardBAFTA AwardsIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Other)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieDinner with Friends (2001)· Laura Ziskin (executive producer)
· Margo Lion (executive producer)
· Daryl Roth (executive producer)
· Patrick Markey (producer)
2002Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SpecialWalter and Henry (2001)· Michael Jewison (executive producer)
· Chiz Schultz (producer)
· Jeff Hasler (co-producer)
· Geoffrey Sharp (co-producer)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalThe Hurricane (1999)
2000PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Hurricane (1999)· Armyan Bernstein
· John Ketcham
1988OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureMoonstruck (1987)· Patrick J. Palmer
1988OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMoonstruck (1987)
1988Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalMoonstruck (1987)
1985OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureA Soldier's Story (1984)· Ronald L. Schwary
· Patrick J. Palmer
1985DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesA Soldier's Story (1984)
1976HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationRollerball (1975)· William Harrison (written by)
1972OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureFiddler on the Roof (1971)
1972OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorFiddler on the Roof (1971)
1972Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureFiddler on the Roof (1971)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsProducer-Director9th place.
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film from any SourceIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1968DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesIn the Heat of the Night (1967)
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
1967UN AwardBAFTA AwardsThe Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)
1967DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorIn the Heat of the Night (1967)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector


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#Quote
1[2004] This is not a business you want to lose your confidence in.
2[on one reason he wanted to bring A Soldier's Story (1984) to the screen] I hitchhiked through the South in 1945 when I was eighteen, and passed the Missouri town where the last lynching had taken place. They told me I rode in the pick-up truck that had dragged the victim through the streets. That was said with a great deal of pride, which astounded me.
3Directing, in many ways, is manipulation because you're dealing with a lot of egos. You have to manipulate people into thinking it was their idea, to get them to do what you see as being the best, to edit them without their knowing they're being edited.
4[on directing movies] It's you against the world. It's like going to war. Everybody is trying to tell you something different, and they're always putting obstacles in your way. You have to fight for what you believe in, and you have to defend yourself constantly. It's a matter of confidence. It's when you get indecisive and you lack confidence that you get into trouble, because everybody else will take over.
5[on Cher] Her comic timing is natural and almost infallible. I'll say so even though she nicknamed me "the curmudgeon." Cher thinks all directors are mad and crazy. She's right. of course.
6[on Steve McQueen] I can honestly say he's the most difficult actor I've ever worked with.
7[on Judy Garland] Judy Garland was the most exciting sheer talent I ever worked with. She was so unpredictable, very child-like, very difficult to work with at times, but the rewards were immense.
8[on working with Rod Steiger on In the Heat of the Night (1967)] I've never seen a man become a role so much. Two weeks after we started the picture it was almost impossible to talk to [him] because he was in a Southern dialect night and day.
9People always tell me, "Gee, you direct so many movies" as if that's unusual. But I made my mind up when I was young that what's most important for a director is to keep working. Because how else are you going to learn how to do new things, which - to me - is the whole point. So I make a lot of different movies and I love them all . . . The movies that address civil rights and social justice are the ones that are dearest to me.


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