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Robert Day (director)

Robert Day (director)

Film director
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Film director
Countries United Kingdom
Occupations Actor Film director Screenwriter
Gender male
Birth 11 September 1922 (England, United Kingdom)
Death 17 March 2017 (Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Washington, U.S.A.)
Family
Spouse: Dorothy Provine
The details
Biography

Robert Frederick Day (September 11, 1922 – March 17, 2017) was an English film director. He directed more than 40 films between 1956 and 1991. Day was born in Sheen, England.

Day worked his way up from clapper boy to camera operator, then cinematographer, in his native England, and began directing in the mid-1950s. His first film as director, the black comedy The Green Man (1956) for the writer-producer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, gained good reviews. Using this as a starting point, Day went on to become one of the industry's busiest directors. He relocated to Hollywood in the 1960s and directed many TV episodes and made-for-TV movies. He occasionally had small parts in his own productions, including The Haunted Strangler (1958), Two Way Stretch (1960), and the TV mini-series Peter and Paul (1981).

In the 1970s and 1980s, Day would direct episodes of numerous American television shows, including Barnaby Jones, The F.B.I., Dallas, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and Matlock.

Personal life

Day was married to Eileen Day and then, following their divorce, to actress Dorothy Provine until her death.

Selected filmography

  • The Green Man (1956)
  • The Haunted Strangler (1958)
  • Corridors of Blood (1958)
  • First Man into Space (1959)
  • Life in Emergency Ward 10 (1959)
  • Two Way Stretch (1960)
  • Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
  • The Rebel (1961)
  • Operation Snatch (1962)
  • Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963)
  • She (1965)
  • Tarzan and the Valley of Gold (1966)
  • Tarzan and the Great River (1967)
  • The Reluctant Heroes (TV film, 1971)
  • The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
  • Peter and Paul (1981)
  • The Lady from Yesterday (1985)
  • Celebration Family (1987)
  • The Quick and the Dead (1987)
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