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Paul Wendkos


His film Gidget, in regards to a young lady midget chasing love for the sandy beach locations, came out from the surfer-movie cultural trend. His debut film The Burglar captured the attention of Columbia Images leader Harry Cohn. He gained an Emmy nomination for directing it movie The Acquiring of Trip 847: The Uli Derickson Tale. He was raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He aimed a miniseries about Harriet Tubman as well as the Underground Railroad entitled A Woman Known as Moses.

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Date Of Birth September 20, 1922
Died November 12, 2009, Malibu, California, United States
Place Of Birth California
Profession Director
Education Columbia University
Nationality American
Spouse Lin Bolen, Ruth Burnat
Children Jordan Wendkos
Parents Simon Wendkos, Judith Wendkos
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television
Movies Gidget, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, The Mephisto Waltz, The Burglar, Cannon for Cordoba, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, The Legend of Lizzie Borden, Attack on the Iron Coast, Gidget Goes to Rome, A Woman Called Moses, The Brotherhood of the Bell, Face of a Fugitive, The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story, Angel Baby, Battle of the Coral Sea, Hell Boats, Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, Tarawa Beachhead, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, Fear No Evil, Special Delivery, Cross of Fire, The Case Against Brooklyn, Right to Die, Because They're Young, The Death of Richie, Cocaine: One Man's Seduction, Haunts of the Very Rich, Johnny Tiger, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, A Match Made in Heaven, Good Against Evil, The Bad Seed, The Strangers in 7A, The Execution, A Little Game, The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, Presumed Guilty, Terror on the Beach, Six Against the Rock, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues, Honor Thy Father, Act Of Violence, The Five of Me, A Tattered Web, Bloodlines: Murder in the Family, The Woman I Love, The Ordeal of Patty Hearst, A Cry for Love, A Death of Innocence, The Family Rico
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1Best-known for his "Gidget" films and a prolific specialist in made-for-TV movies. Brought to Hollywood by Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn on the strength of The Burglar (1957), a low-budget film noir, shot on location in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
2Son of Simon and Judith Wendkos.
3He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
4He graduated from Columbia University in New York City and studied film at the New School in New York City.
5He is survived by his son, Jordan Wendkos, of Calabasas, CA, and a granddaughter.



Different1999TV Movie
A Wing and a Prayer1998TV Movie
Nobody Lives Forever1998TV Movie
A Match Made in Heaven1997TV Movie
Message from Nam1993TV Movie
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family1993TV Movie
Trial: The Price of Passion1992TV Movie
Guilty Until Proven Innocent1991TV Movie
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd1991TV Movie
The Chase1991TV Movie
Good Cops, Bad Cops1990TV Movie
Blind Faith1990TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Cross of Fire1989TV Movie
From the Dead of Night1989TV Movie
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story1988TV Movie part I
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story1988TV Movie
Right to Die1987TV Movie
Six Against the Rock1987TV Movie
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife1987TV Movie
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies1987TV Movie
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues1986TV Movie
Picking Up the Pieces1985TV Movie
The Bad Seed1985TV Movie
The Execution1985TV Movie
Scorned and Swindled1984TV Movie
Celebrity1984TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
The Awakening of Candra1983TV Movie
Boone1983TV Series 1 episode
Intimate Agony1983TV Movie
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction1983TV Movie
Farrell for the People1982TV Movie
Golden Gate1981TV Movie
The Five of Me1981TV Movie
A Cry for Love1980TV Movie
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd1980TV Movie
Hagen1980TV Series 1 episode
Act of Violence1979TV Movie
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst1979TV Movie
Betrayal1978TV Movie
A Woman Called Moses1978TV Series 2 episodes
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue1977TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Good Against Evil1977TV Movie
Secrets1977TV Movie
The Death of Richie1977TV Movie
Special Delivery1976
Medical Story1975TV Series 1 episode
Police Story1975TV Series 1 episode
Death Among Friends1975TV Movie
The Legend of Lizzie Borden1975TV Movie
Archer1975TV Series
Harry O1974TV Series 3 episodes
The Underground Man1974TV Movie
Hawkins1973-1974TV Series 3 episodes
Terror on the Beach1973TV Movie
Honor Thy Father1973TV Movie
The Strangers in 7A1972TV Movie
Footsteps1972TV Movie
Haunts of the Very Rich1972TV Movie
The Family Rico1972TV Movie
The Woman I Love1972TV Movie
The Delphi Bureau1972TV Series 1 episode
A Death of Innocence1971TV Movie
A Little Game1971TV Movie
A Tattered Web1971TV Movie
The Mephisto Waltz1971
Travis Logan, D.A.1971TV Movie
Cannon for Cordoba1970
The Brotherhood of the Bell1970TV Movie
Hell Boats1970
Hawaii Five-O1968-1969TV Series 3 episodes
Guns of the Magnificent Seven1969
Fear No Evil1969TV Movie
Attack on the Iron Coast1968
The Invaders1967-1968TV Series 9 episodes
Premiere1968TV Series 1 episode
I Spy1965-1966TV Series 11 episodes
The F.B.I.1966TV Series 5 episodes
Johnny Tiger1966
The Wild Wild West1965TV Series 1 episode
The Big Valley1965TV Series 2 episodes
Honey West1965TV Series 3 episodes
A Man Called Shenandoah1965TV Series 1 episode
Mr. Novak1964-1965TV Series 7 episodes
Burke's Law1965TV Series 1 episode
Ben Casey1963-1964TV Series 2 episodes
Breaking Point1963-1964TV Series 3 episodes
Dr. Kildare1962-1964TV Series 8 episodes
The Greatest Show on Earth1963TV Series 2 episodes
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV Series 1 episode
Gidget Goes to Rome1963
The Untouchables1961-1963TV Series 12 episodes
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV Series 1 episode
Saints and Sinners1962-1963TV Series 2 episodes
The Detectives1960-1962TV Series 12 episodes
The Rifleman1961-1962TV Series 2 episodes
Naked City1960-1961TV Series 3 episodes
Gidget Goes Hawaiian1961
Angel Baby1961
Route 661961TV Series 1 episode
Two Faces West1960TV Series 1 episode
Alcoa Theatre1958-1960TV Series 2 episodes
Law of the Plainsman1960TV Series 2 episodes
Because They're Young1960
Tightrope1960TV Series 1 episode
Five Fingers1959TV Series 1 episode
Battle of the Coral Sea1959
Face of a Fugitive1959
Tarawa Beachhead1958
Behind Closed Doors1958TV Series 2 episodes
Bitter Heritage1958TV Movie
The Case Against Brooklyn1958
Playhouse 901957-1958TV Series 2 episodes
The Burglar1957



Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue1977TV Mini-Series producer - 3 episodes
Stalk the Wild Child1976TV Movie producer



The Burglar1957

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)
1971DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in TelevisionThe Brotherhood of the Bell (1970)

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