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Paul Wendkos

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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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#Fact
1 Best-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.
2 Son of Simon and Judith Wendkos.
3 He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
4 He graduated from Columbia University in New York City and studied film at the New School in New York City.
5 He is survived by his son, Jordan Wendkos, of Calabasas, CA, and a granddaughter.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Different 1999 TV Movie
A Wing and a Prayer 1998 TV Movie
Nobody Lives Forever 1998 TV Movie
A Match Made in Heaven 1997 TV Movie
Message from Nam 1993 TV Movie
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family 1993 TV Movie
Trial: The Price of Passion 1992 TV Movie
Guilty Until Proven Innocent 1991 TV Movie
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd 1991 TV Movie
The Chase 1991 TV Movie
Good Cops, Bad Cops 1990 TV Movie
Blind Faith 1990 TV Mini-Series 2 episodes
Cross of Fire 1989 TV Movie
From the Dead of Night 1989 TV Movie
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story 1988 TV Movie part I
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story 1988 TV Movie
Right to Die 1987 TV Movie
Six Against the Rock 1987 TV Movie
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife 1987 TV Movie
Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies 1987 TV Movie
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues 1986 TV Movie
Picking Up the Pieces 1985 TV Movie
The Bad Seed 1985 TV Movie
The Execution 1985 TV Movie
Scorned and Swindled 1984 TV Movie
Celebrity 1984 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
The Awakening of Candra 1983 TV Movie
Boone 1983 TV Series 1 episode
Intimate Agony 1983 TV Movie
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction 1983 TV Movie
Farrell for the People 1982 TV Movie
Golden Gate 1981 TV Movie
The Five of Me 1981 TV Movie
A Cry for Love 1980 TV Movie
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd 1980 TV Movie
Hagen 1980 TV Series 1 episode
Act of Violence 1979 TV Movie
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst 1979 TV Movie
Betrayal 1978 TV Movie
A Woman Called Moses 1978 TV Series 2 episodes
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue 1977 TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Good Against Evil 1977 TV Movie
Secrets 1977 TV Movie
The Death of Richie 1977 TV Movie
Special Delivery 1976
Medical Story 1975 TV Series 1 episode
Police Story 1975 TV Series 1 episode
Death Among Friends 1975 TV Movie
The Legend of Lizzie Borden 1975 TV Movie
Archer 1975 TV Series
Harry O 1974 TV Series 3 episodes
The Underground Man 1974 TV Movie
Hawkins 1973-1974 TV Series 3 episodes
Terror on the Beach 1973 TV Movie
Honor Thy Father 1973 TV Movie
The Strangers in 7A 1972 TV Movie
Footsteps 1972 TV Movie
Haunts of the Very Rich 1972 TV Movie
The Family Rico 1972 TV Movie
The Woman I Love 1972 TV Movie
The Delphi Bureau 1972 TV Series 1 episode
A Death of Innocence 1971 TV Movie
A Little Game 1971 TV Movie
A Tattered Web 1971 TV Movie
The Mephisto Waltz 1971
Travis Logan, D.A. 1971 TV Movie
Cannon for Cordoba 1970
The Brotherhood of the Bell 1970 TV Movie
Hell Boats 1970
Hawaii Five-O 1968-1969 TV Series 3 episodes
Guns of the Magnificent Seven 1969
Fear No Evil 1969 TV Movie
Attack on the Iron Coast 1968
The Invaders 1967-1968 TV Series 9 episodes
Premiere 1968 TV Series 1 episode
I Spy 1965-1966 TV Series 11 episodes
The F.B.I. 1966 TV Series 5 episodes
Johnny Tiger 1966
The Wild Wild West 1965 TV Series 1 episode
The Big Valley 1965 TV Series 2 episodes
Honey West 1965 TV Series 3 episodes
A Man Called Shenandoah 1965 TV Series 1 episode
Mr. Novak 1964-1965 TV Series 7 episodes
Burke's Law 1965 TV Series 1 episode
Ben Casey 1963-1964 TV Series 2 episodes
Breaking Point 1963-1964 TV Series 3 episodes
Dr. Kildare 1962-1964 TV Series 8 episodes
The Greatest Show on Earth 1963 TV Series 2 episodes
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963 TV Series 1 episode
Gidget Goes to Rome 1963
The Untouchables 1961-1963 TV Series 12 episodes
The Dick Powell Theatre 1963 TV Series 1 episode
Saints and Sinners 1962-1963 TV Series 2 episodes
The Detectives 1960-1962 TV Series 12 episodes
The Rifleman 1961-1962 TV Series 2 episodes
Naked City 1960-1961 TV Series 3 episodes
Gidget Goes Hawaiian 1961
Angel Baby 1961
Route 66 1961 TV Series 1 episode
Two Faces West 1960 TV Series 1 episode
Alcoa Theatre 1958-1960 TV Series 2 episodes
Law of the Plainsman 1960 TV Series 2 episodes
Because They're Young 1960
Tightrope 1960 TV Series 1 episode
Five Fingers 1959 TV Series 1 episode
Battle of the Coral Sea 1959
Face of a Fugitive 1959
Gidget 1959
Tarawa Beachhead 1958
Behind Closed Doors 1958 TV Series 2 episodes
Bitter Heritage 1958 TV Movie
The Case Against Brooklyn 1958
Playhouse 90 1957-1958 TV Series 2 episodes
The Burglar 1957

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue 1977 TV Mini-Series producer - 3 episodes
Stalk the Wild Child 1976 TV Movie producer

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Burglar 1957

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Special The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988)
1971 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television The Brotherhood of the Bell (1970)


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