Sidney Lumet

Director, Producer, Writer

Director, Producer, Writer


Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often...
Birth date
1924-06-25
Death date
2011-04-09
Awards
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 37 wins & 46 nominations.
Height
5' 5" (1.65 m)

Known For


12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men
Director (1957)
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon
Director (1975)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
DirectorBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead2007
DirectorFind Me Guilty2006
DirectorRachel, quand du seigneur
(Short)
2004
DirectorStrip Search
(TV Movie)
2004
Director100 Centre Street
(TV Series) (9 episodes) - It's About Love (2002) - Give Up or Fight (2002) - Daughters (2001) - Kids: Part 2 (2001) - Kids: Part 1 (2001) Show all 9 episodes
2001-2002
DirectorGloria1999
DirectorCritical Care1997
DirectorNight Falls on Manhattan1996
DirectorGuilty as Sin1993
DirectorA Stranger Among Us1992
DirectorQ & A
(as Alan Smithee: television prints)
1990
DirectorFamily Business1989
DirectorRunning on Empty1988
DirectorThe Morning After1986
DirectorPower1986
DirectorGarbo Talks1984
DirectorDaniel1983
DirectorThe Verdict1982
DirectorDeathtrap1982
DirectorPrince of the City1981
DirectorJust Tell Me What You Want1980
DirectorThe Wiz1978
DirectorEquus1977
DirectorNetwork1976
DirectorDog Day Afternoon1975
DirectorMurder on the Orient Express
(directed by)
1974
DirectorLovin' Molly1974
DirectorSerpico1973
DirectorThe Offence
(directed by)
1973
DirectorChild's Play1972
DirectorThe Anderson Tapes1971
DirectorKing: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
(Documentary) (uncredited)
1970
DirectorThe Last of the Mobile Hot Shots1970
DirectorThe Appointment1969
DirectorThe Sea Gull1968
DirectorBye Bye Braverman1968
DirectorThe Deadly Affair1967
DirectorThe Group1966
DirectorThe Hill1965
DirectorFail Safe1964
DirectorThe Pawnbroker1964
DirectorLong Day's Journey Into Night1962
DirectorA View from the Bridge1962
DirectorPlay of the Week
(TV Series) (4 episodes) - Rashomon (1960) - The Iceman Cometh: Part 2 (1960) - The Iceman Cometh: Part 1 (1960) - The Dybbuk (1960)
1960
DirectorRashomon
(TV Movie)
1960
DirectorThe Iceman Cometh
(TV Movie)
1960
DirectorJohn Brown's Raid
(TV Movie)
1960
DirectorSunday Showcase
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Sacco-Vanzetti Story: Part 2 (1960) - The Sacco-Vanzetti Story: Part 1 (1960)
1960
DirectorThe Fugitive Kind1960
DirectorPlayhouse 90
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Hiding Place (1960) - John Brown's Raid (1960)
1960
DirectorThat Kind of Woman1959
DirectorThe United States Steel Hour
(TV Series) (3 episodes) - Family Happiness (1959) - Incident in an Alley (1955) - The Meanest Man in the World (1955)
1955-1959
DirectorThe DuPont Show of the Month
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Count of Monte Cristo (1958) - Beyond This Place (1957)
1957-1958
DirectorKraft Theatre
(TV Series) (5 episodes) - All the King's Men: Part 2 (1958) - All the King's Men: Part 1 (1958) - Fifty Grand (1958) - Three Plays by Tennessee Williams: Moony's Kid Don't Cry/The Last of My Solid Gold Watches/This Property Is Condemned (1958) - Dog in a Bus Tunnel (1958)
1958
DirectorAll the King's Men
(TV Movie)
1958
DirectorStage Struck1958
DirectorHans Brinker and the Silver Skates
(TV Movie)
1958
DirectorOmnibus
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - School for Wives (1957) - Antigone (1954) ... (segment "Antigone")
1954-1957
DirectorThe Seven Lively Arts
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Changing Ways of Love (1957)
1957
DirectorStudio One in Hollywood
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Deaf Heart (1957) - The Rice Sprout Song (1957)
1957
DirectorMr. Broadway
(TV Movie)
1957
DirectorProducers' Showcase
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Mr. Broadway (1957)
1957
Director12 Angry Men1957
DirectorGoodyear Playhouse
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Sentry (1956) - Career Girl (1956)
1956
DirectorThe Alcoa Hour
(TV Series) (6 episodes) - Finkle's Comet (1956) - Doll Face (1956) - Man on Fire (1956) - Tragedy in a Temporary Town (1956) - Long After Summer (1956) Show all 6 episodes
1956
DirectorThe Challenge
(TV Short)
1955
DirectorFrontier
(TV Series) (1 episode) - In Nebraska (1955)
1955
DirectorStar Stage
(TV Series) (1 episode) - A Letter to Mr. Priest (1955)
1955
DirectorThe Elgin Hour
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Mind Over Momma (1955) - Crime in the Streets (1955)
1955
DirectorThe Best of Broadway
(TV Series) (3 episodes) - Stage Door (1955) - The Show-Off (1955) - The Philadelphia Story (1954)
1954-1955
DirectorYou Are There
(TV Series) (14 episodes) - The Liberation of Paris (August 25, 1944) (1955) - The Vote That Made Jefferson President (1954) - The First Command Performance of Romeo and Juliet (1597) (1954) - The Gettysburg Address (1953) - The Recognition of Michelangelo (1953) Show all 14 episodes
1953-1955
DirectorMama
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Katrin at the Exposition (1954) - Episode #5.24 (1954)
1954
DirectorDanger
(TV Series) (11 episodes) - Subpoena (1953) - No Room (1953) - Death and the Family Jewels (1953) - Car Pool (1953) - Death Among the Relics (1952) Show all 11 episodes
1951-1953
DirectorCrime Photographer
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Blackmail (1952) - Model Alibi (1951)
1951-1952
DirectorCBS Television Workshop
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Don Quixote (1952)
1952
RoleTitleYear
Producer100 Centre Street
(TV Series) (executive producer - 31 episodes) - It's About Love (2002) ... (executive producer) - Fathers (2002) ... (executive producer) - Hurricane Paul (2002) ... (executive producer) - Justice Delayed (2002) ... (executive producer) - Zero Tolerance (2002) ... (executive producer) Show all 31 episodes
2001-2002
ProducerCritical Care
(producer)
1997
ProducerDaniel
(executive producer)
1983
ProducerJust Tell Me What You Want
(producer)
1980
ProducerThe Last of the Mobile Hot Shots
(producer)
1970
ProducerThe Sea Gull
(producer)
1968
ProducerBye Bye Braverman
(producer)
1968
ProducerThe Deadly Affair
(producer)
1967
ProducerMr. Broadway
(TV Movie) (producer)
1957
RoleTitleYear
WriterFind Me Guilty
(written by)
2006
Writer100 Centre Street
(TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes) - Queenie's Running (2001) ... (writer) - Queenie's Tough (2001) ... (writer) - Kids: Part 2 (2001) ... (writer) - Kids: Part 1 (2001) ... (writer) - Let's Make a Night of It (2001) ... (writer) Show all 7 episodes
2001
WriterNight Falls on Manhattan
(screenplay)
1996
WriterQ & A
(screenplay)
1990
WriterPrince of the City
(screenplay)
1981
RoleTitleYear
ActorThe Manchurian Candidate
Political Pundit
2004
ActorDanger
(TV Series) - The Face of Fear (1952)
1952
Actor...One Third of a Nation...
Joey Rogers
1939
RoleTitleYear
Casting directorBeyond the Time Barrier
(uncredited)
1960
RoleTitleYear
Additional CrewIn Her Skin
(consultant)
2009
RoleTitleYear
ThanksNosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk
(special thanks)
2014
ThanksPrivate Screenings
(TV Series) (special thanks - 1 episode) - Robert Osborne (2014) ... (special thanks)
2014
ThanksSpecial Collector's Edition
(TV Series) (in memory of - 1 episode) - Serpico (2013) ... (in memory of)
2013
ThanksRachel Getting Married
(thank you)
2008
ThanksBeyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men'
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2008
ThanksPrince of the City: The Real Story
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2007
Thanks'Dog Day Afternoon': After the Filming
(Video short) (very special thanks)
2006
ThanksMessengers
(thank you)
2004
ThanksCecil B. DeMille: American Epic
(TV Movie documentary) (thanks)
2004
ThanksThe Station Agent
(special thanks)
2003
Thanks'Serpico': Favorite Moments
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2002
Thanks'Serpico': From Real to Reel
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2002
ThanksInside 'Serpico'
(Video documentary short) (special thanks)
2002
ThanksKing: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
(Documentary) (particular thanks for contributing their talents)
1970
RoleTitleYear
SelfAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) Self - By Sidney Lumet (2017) ... Self - You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008) ... Self - The Education of Gore Vidal (2003) ... Self
2003-2017
SelfBy Sidney Lumet
(Documentary) Self
2015
SelfLumet on Lumet
(Video documentary short) Self
2011
SelfMoguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - Director - The Attack of the Small Screens: 1950-1960 (2010) ... Self - Director - Warriors & Peacemakers: 1941-1950 (2010) ... Self - Director
2010
SelfI Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
(Documentary short) Self
2009
SelfAFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres
(TV Special) Self
2008
SelfBeyond a Reasonable Doubt: Making '12 Angry Men'
(Video documentary short) Self - Director
2008
SelfDirected by Sidney Lumet: How the Devil Was Made
(Video documentary short) Self
2008
SelfMilestones in Cinema History: The Verdict
(Video documentary short) Self
2007
SelfPaul Newman: The Craft of Acting
(Video documentary short) Self
2007
SelfThe 17th Annual Gotham Awards
(TV Special) Self
2007
SelfCharlie Rose
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode dated 30 November 2007 (2007) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 21 March 2006 (2006) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 11 November 1997 (1997) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 14 May 1997 (1997) ... Self - Guest - Episode dated 14 April 1995 (1995) ... Self - Guest
1995-2007
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Al Pacino
(TV Special) Self
2007
SelfThe Verdict: Sidney Lumet, The Craft of Directing
(Video documentary short) Self
2007
SelfPrince of the City: The Real Story
(Video documentary short) Self
2007
SelfAFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2006
SelfFOLCS Conversations
(TV Series documentary) Self - A Conversation with Director Sidney Lumet and Writer Tom Fontana (2006) ... Self
2006
SelfAmerican Experience
(TV Series documentary) Self - Eugene O'Neill: A Documentary Film (2006) ... Self
2006
Self'Dog Day Afternoon': After the Filming
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Dog Day Afternoon': Casting the Controversy
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Dog Day Afternoon': Recreating the Facts
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Network': Mad as Hell - The Creation of a Movie Moment
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Network': The Cast, the Characters
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Network': The Experience
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Network': The Style
(Video short) Self
2006
Self'Network': The World and Words of Paddy Chayefsky
(Video short) Self
2006
SelfPrivate Screenings
(TV Series) Self - Sidney Lumet (2005) ... Self
2005
SelfThe 77th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Honorary Award Recipient
2005
SelfMaking 'Murder on the Orient Express'
(Video documentary) Self
2004
SelfThe Manchurian Candidate: Political Pundits
(Video short) Self
2004
SelfBased on a True Story
(Documentary) Self
2004
SelfImaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust
(Documentary) Self
2004
SelfFinding Eleazar
(Documentary) Self
2004
SelfAFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains
(TV Special documentary) Self
2003
SelfSpike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker
(Video documentary short) Self (as Sydney Lumet)
2003
SelfBiography
(TV Series documentary) Self - Faye Dunaway: Master Class (2003) ... Self - Anthony Perkins: A Life in the Shadows (1999) ... Self
1999-2003
SelfA Decade Under the Influence
(Documentary) Self
2003
SelfLe 100 Centre Street De Sidney Lumet
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2002
Self'Serpico': Favorite Moments
(Video documentary short) Self
2002
Self'Serpico': From Real to Reel
(Video documentary short) Self
2002
SelfInside 'Serpico'
(Video documentary short) Self
2002
SelfSean Connery: An Intimate Portrait
(Documentary) Self
2002
SelfNew York at the Movies
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2002
SelfThe Tramp and the Dictator
(Documentary) Self (uncredited)
2002
SelfAFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies
(TV Special documentary) Self
2001
SelfRevisiting 'Fail-Safe'
(Video documentary short) Self
2000
SelfInside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb'
(Video documentary) Self - Director, 'Fail Safe'
2000
SelfThe Directors
(TV Series documentary) Self - The Films of Sidney Lumet (1999) ... Self
1999
SelfThe Interviews: An Oral History of Television
(TV Series) Self - Sidney Lumet (1999) ... Self
1999
SelfNY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1998
SelfAFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1998
SelfSean Connery Close Up
(Video documentary) Self
1997
SelfInside the Actors Studio
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Sidney Lumet (1994) ... Self - Guest
1994
SelfThe 45th Annual Directors Guild Awards
(TV Special) Self - Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
1993
SelfFonda on Fonda
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1992
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series documentary) Self - Lord Brabourne (1990) ... Self
1990
SelfSean Connery: A BAFTA Tribute
(TV Special documentary) Self
1990
SelfListen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
(Documentary) Self
1990
SelfNight of 100 Stars III
(TV Special) Self
1990
SelfWilliam Holden: The Golden Boy
(Documentary) Self
1989
SelfUnauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda
(TV Special documentary) Self
1988
SelfFunny
(Documentary) Self
1988
SelfMoving Image Salutes James Stewart
(TV Special) Self
1988
SelfSidney Lumet: I Love New York
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1987
SelfMoving Image Salutes Elia Kazan
(TV Special) Self
1987
SelfThe Dick Cavett Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 26 September 1986 (1986) ... Self
1986
SelfThe Annual ACLU Tribute: A Salute to Sidney Lumet
(TV Special) Self - Honoree
1985
SelfMoving Image Salutes Sidney Lumet
(TV Special) Self - Honoree
1985
SelfSpécial cinéma
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 11 April 1983 (1983) ... Self
1983
SelfThe 55th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Nominee
1983
SelfThe Making of 'The Verdict'
(Video documentary short) Self - Director
1982
SelfThe British Greats
(TV Series) Self - Peter Finch (1980) ... Self
1980
SelfWiz on Down the Road
(Short) Self - Director
1978
SelfThe 49th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Nominee
1977
SelfArena
(TV Series documentary) Self - Cinema (1977) ... Self
1977
SelfThe 48th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Nominee
1976
SelfLumet: Film Maker
(Documentary short) Self
1975
SelfFilm 2018
(TV Series) Self - Episode #3.36 (1974) ... Self - Episode #3.10 (1974) ... Self - Episode #2.37 (1973) ... Self
1973-1974
SelfThe Merv Griffin Show
(TV Series) Self - Guest host: Mort Sahl; guests: Jimmy Helms, Sidney Lumet, Sally Kirkland, Mark Russell, Martin Baum (1969) ... Self
1969
SelfThe Dick Cavett Show
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode #2.67 (1968) ... Self - Guest
1968
SelfRelease
(TV Series documentary) Self - Old Crome/Beside a Swedish Lake (1968) ... Self
1968
SelfCinema
(TV Series documentary) Self - Sidney Lumet (1967) ... Self
1967
SelfThe Sun... the Sand... the Hill.
(Documentary short) Self
1965
SelfLes échos du cinéma
(TV Series short) Self - Episode #1.48 (1962) ... Self
1962
SelfThe 400 Million
(Documentary) Additional Voice (voice, as Sydney Lumet)
1939
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageJohn G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
(Documentary) Self
2017
Archive footageMichael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
(Documentary) Self
2016
Archive footageAnd the Oscar Goes To...
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2014
Archive footageWhat Is Cinema?
(Documentary) Self
2013
Archive footageSpecial Collector's Edition
(TV Series) Self - Serpico (2013) ... Self
2013
Archive footageThe 84th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Memorial Tribute
2012
Archive footageThe Orange British Academy Film Awards
(TV Special) Self - Memorial Tribute
2012
Archive footageCinema 3
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 14 April 2011 (2011) ... Self
2011
Archive footageDías de cine
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 14 April 2011 (2011) ... Self
2011
Archive footageCinema mil
(TV Series documentary) Self - Plot (2005) ... Self
2005
Archive footageCronkite Remembers
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self (uncredited)
1997