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George Cosmatos is a Actor, Director, Writer, Producer and Assistant Director Grec born on 4 january 1941 at Florence (Italie)

George Cosmatos

George Cosmatos
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Birth name George Pan Cosmatos
Nationality Grece
Birth 4 january 1941 at Florence (Italie)
Death 19 april 2005 (at 64 years) at Victoria (Canada)

George Pan Cosmatos (4 January 1941 – 19 April 2005) was a Greek/Italian film director. After studying film at the London Film School, he became assistant director to Otto Preminger on Exodus (1960), Leon Uris's epic about the birth of Israel. Thereafter he worked on Zorba the Greek (1964), in which Cosmatos had a small part as Boy with Acne. Cosmatos grew up in Egypt and Cyprus and is said to have spoken six languages. He was famous in Italy for the movies Rappresaglia (1973) with Marcello Mastroianni and The Cassandra Crossing (1976) with Sophia Loren. In 1979, he made the successful World War II adventure movie Escape to Athena, starring a gigantic all star cast including Roger Moore, David Niven, Telly Savalas, Elliott Gould and Claudia Cardinale. Cosmatos was nominated for a 1985 Golden Raspberry Award for his role as director of the box-office hit Rambo: First Blood Part II starring Sylvester Stallone. He also directed another Stallone vehicle, Cobra, in 1986.

Late in his career, Cosmatos received more praise for Tombstone, a 1993 Western movie about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. This film was particularly praised for the exceptional performance of Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. After the director's death Tombstone star Kurt Russell claimed in one interview that Cosmatos had ghost-directed the movie on Russell's behalf. Russell claimed Stallone recommended Cosmatos to him after the removal of the first director, writer Kevin Jarre, but Cosmatos had also worked with Tombstone executive producer Andrew G. Vajna before on Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Outside of his film career, Cosmatos was a notable collector of rare books, focussing mainly on 19th-20th Century English literature and signed & inscribed works. His library was sold through Sotheby's.

George P. Cosmatos died of lung cancer on 19 April 2005, at his home in Victoria, British Columbia at the age of 64. He was survived by one son, Panos Cosmatos, who directed the independently released surreal film "Beyond The Black Rainbow". Panos claims that his film was funded primarily by royalties from his father's film, "Tombstone".

Biography

Cosmatos né d'une famille grecque à Florence, en Italie, a grandi en Egypte et à Chypre. Il parlait six langues. Après avoir étudié le film à la London Film School, il est devenu directeur adjoint d'Otto Preminger sur Exodus (1960), tiré du roman de Leon Uris sur la naissance d'Israël. Par la suite, il a travaillé au film Zorba le Grec (1964), dans lequel il tient un petit rôle.

Cosmatos a trouvé le succès en Italie pour diriger le film Rappresaglia (1973). Mettant en vedette Marcello Mastroianni et Richard Burton, le film évoque une histoire vraie, celle d'un massacre commis à Rome par les nazis à la fin de la guerre. Par la suite, Cosmatos écrit et réalise Le Pont de Cassandra (1976), un film catastrophe produit par Carlo Ponti et doté d'une distribution impressionnante dont font partie Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster, Richard Harris, Ava Gardner et même O. J. Simpson. En 1979, il a réalisé Bons baisers d'Athènes, un film d'aventures à la distribution prestigieuse.

Cosmatos fait ses débuts de réalisateur nord-américain avec le film d'horreur canadien Terreur à domicile. En 1986, il dirige Sylvester Stallone dans Rambo 2 : La Mission. Malgré des critiques tièdes, le film remporte un bon succès au box-office. Cosmatos et Stallone se retrouvent l'année suivante pour le drame policier Cobra. Attaqué en raison de sa grande violence, Cobra n'en est pas moins lui aussi un succès commercial. En 1989, il dirigea le film d'horreur Leviathan, avec Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Ernie Hudson et Amanda Pays et avec des effets spéciaux conçus par Stan Winston.

À la fin de sa carrière, Cosmatos a reçu plus d'éloges pour Tombstone, un western de 1993 sur Doc Holliday et Wyatt Earp. Ce film a été particulièrement apprécié pour la performance exceptionnelle de Val Kilmer en tant que Doc Holliday. Kurt Russell, qui a joué Wyatt Earp, a déclaré que Stallone lui a recommandé Cosmatos après le retrait du premier réalisateur, Kevin Jarre, mais Cosmatos avait également travaillé avec le producteur exécutif de Tombstone Andrew G. Vajna avant Rambo 2: La Mission.

Pas Cosmatos conclut sa carrière avec le drame d'espionnage Haute trahison, film qui suscite très peu d'écho.

Il habitait sa maison à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, jusqu'à sa disparition à l'âge de 64 ans.

Son fils, Panos Cosmatos, a dirigé indépendamment un film surréaliste Beyond the Black Rainbow, pour lequel il affirme l'avoir financé principalement par les redevances du film Tombstone réalisé par son père en 1993.

En dehors de sa carrière cinématographique, Cosmatos était un collectionneur remarquable d'autographes (et ami de l'expert international en autographes Renato Saggiori) ainsi que de livres rares, axés principalement sur la littérature anglaise du XIX au XX siècle et des œuvres signées et inscrites. Sa bibliothèque a été vendue par Sotheby's [2]

Best films

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
(Director)
Exodus (1960)
(Director)
Zorba the Greek (1964)
(Director)

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Filmography of George Cosmatos (13 films)

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Actor

Zorba the Greek, 2h22
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Dance films, Films about writers, Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musiques du monde, Musical films, Films based on plays, Children's films
Actors Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irène Papas, Lila Kedrova, Sotiris Moustakas, Ánna Kyriakoú
Roles Acne Faced Boy
Rating75% 3.798733.798733.798733.798733.79873
Basil (Alan Bates) is a half-English, half-Greek writer raised in Britain who bears the hallmarks of an uptight, middle-class Englishman. He is waiting at the Athens port of Piraeus on mainland Greece to catch a boat to Crete when he meets a gruff, yet enthusiastic peasant and musician named Zorba (Anthony Quinn). Basil explains to Zorba that he is traveling to a rural Cretan village where his father owns some land, with the intention of reopening a lignite mine and perhaps curing his writer's block. Zorba relates his experience with mining and convinces Basil to take him along.

Director

Shadow Conspiracy, 1h43
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Political films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Donald Sutherland, Linda Hamilton, Stephen Lang, Ben Gazzara, Sam Waterston
Rating49% 2.451862.451862.451862.451862.45186
Set in Washington D.C., this film documents an attempted power grab by White House Chief of Staff Jacob Conrad (Donald Sutherland). Bobby Bishop (Charlie Sheen) is a special aide to the President who finds out about a plot to assassinate the President from a former professor. Bobby's old professor is murdered shortly thereafter and Bobby is left to try to uncover the conspiracy on his own. He recruits his journalist friend Amanda Givens (Linda Hamilton) to help him uncover the mystery and stop the assassination.
Tombstone
Tombstone (1993)
, 2h10
Directed by Kevin Jarre, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Western
Actors Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Dana Delany, Sam Elliott, Powers Boothe
Rating77% 3.898743.898743.898743.898743.89874
Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), a retired peace officer with a notable reputation, reunites with his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliott) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) in Tucson, Arizona, where they venture on towards Tombstone, a small mining town, to settle down. There they encounter Wyatt's long-time friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), a Southern gambler and expert gunslinger, who seeks relief from his worsening tuberculosis. Josephine Marcus (Dana Delany) and Mr. Fabian (Billy Zane) are also newly arrived in Tombstone with a traveling theater troupe. Meanwhile, Wyatt's wife, Mattie Blaylock (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson), is becoming dependent on a potent narcotic. Wyatt and his brothers begin to profit from a stake in a gambling emporium and saloon when they have their first encounter with a band of outlaws called the Cowboys, led by "Curly Bill" Brocious (Powers Boothe). The Cowboys are identifiable by the red sashes worn around their waist.
Leviathan
Leviathan (1989)
, 1h38
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Underwater action films, Natural horror films, Political films
Actors Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Héctor Elizondo
Rating58% 2.9013152.9013152.9013152.9013152.901315
Martin, CEO of Tri-Oceanic Corp, hires geologist Steven Beck to command an undersea mining operation for six months. While working outside their deep sea station in a pressure suit, one of the crewmembers, Sixpack, discovers a Soviet shipwreck, Leviathan.
Cobra
Cobra (1986)
, 1h26
Directed by Tony Scott, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Serial killer films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson, Brian Thompson, Art LaFleur
Rating58% 2.9024752.9024752.9024752.9024752.902475
An armed gunman causes a hostage situation at a Los Angeles grocery store. When negotiations between him and the law fail, Marion Cobretti (codenamed "Cobra"), a member of an elite division of the Los Angeles Police Department known as the "Zombie Squad", is summoned to the scene. Cobretti infiltrates the store, locates, and negotiates with him. During the negotiation, the criminal speaks of the unknown "New Order", a group of social darwinist radicals that despise modern society and believe in killing the weak, leaving only the strongest and smartest to rule the world. Cobretti then kills the gunman by throwing a knife at his abdomen and firing shots at him.
Rambo: First Blood Part II, 1h32
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson-Soul, Martin Kove
Rating65% 3.2510953.2510953.2510953.2510953.251095
A year into his sentence, former commando John Rambo is visited by his old commander, Colonel Sam Trautman. With the war in Vietnam over, the public has become increasingly concerned over news that a small group of American POWs have been left in enemy custody. To placate their demands for action, the US government has authorized a solo infiltration mission to confirm the reports. As one of only three men suited for such work, Rambo agrees to undertake the operation in exchange for a pardon. He is taken to meet Marshal Murdock, a condescending bureaucrat in charge of overseeing the project. Rambo is temporarily reinstated into the army and told that he is only to photograph, not rescue the prisoners or engage enemy personnel.
Of Unknown Origin, 1h25
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Kenneth Welsh, Lawrence Dane, Aimée Castle, Shannon Tweed
Rating60% 3.045783.045783.045783.045783.04578
Mild-mannered everyman Bart Hughes has a great life in New York City. When his wife and child leave for a vacation, Bart stays behind to work on a project that should get him a promotion. Some sort of rodent in his basement starts to bother him and consumes his time. Bart becomes obsessed with it and eventually starts losing his mind while trying to kill the creature, destroying most of his house in the process.
Escape to Athena, 2h5
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Political films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree
Rating56% 2.8013852.8013852.8013852.8013852.801385
In 1944 allied POWs, at a remote POW camp on an unnamed island, are forced to excavate ancient Greek artifacts. The camp Commandant, Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore), who was an Austrian antiques dealer before the war, is sending some of the valuable pieces to his sister living in Switzerland.
The Cassandra Crossing, 2h9
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner
Rating62% 3.1491153.1491153.1491153.1491153.149115
When the existence of a strain of plague (vaguely identified as pneumonic) is revealed at the U.S. mission at the International Health Organization, three terrorists seek to blow up the U.S. mission. Two of them are shot, one mortally, by security personnel but one escapes. The surviving terrorist is hospitalized and quarantined and identified as Swedish. Dr. Elena Stradner (Ingrid Thulin) and U.S. Colonel Stephen Mackenzie (Burt Lancaster) (Military Intelligence assigned to the IHO) argue over the nature of the strain, which Stradner suspects is a biological weapon but which Colonel Mackenzie claims was in the process of being destroyed.
Massacre in Rome, 1h27
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Political films
Actors Richard Burton, Marcello Mastroianni, Delia Boccardo, John Steiner, Anthony Steel, Renzo Montagnani
Rating64% 3.2456253.2456253.2456253.2456253.245625
Pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale, les nazis s'emparent de trésors artistiques datant de la Renaissance italienne et en font de la monnaie de chantage...
Sin
Sin (1971)
, 1h15
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films
Actors Raquel Welch, Françoise Pascal, Richard Johnson, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson
Rating48% 2.435422.435422.435422.435422.43542
A beautiful but frustrated housewife begins an affair with a former childhood friend. When her suspicious husband starts to show signs of jealousy, the adulterous couple plot to murder him.
Zorba the Greek, 2h22
Directed by Michael Cacoyannis, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Dance films, Films about writers, Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Musiques du monde, Musical films, Films based on plays, Children's films
Actors Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irène Papas, Lila Kedrova, Sotiris Moustakas, Ánna Kyriakoú
Rating75% 3.798733.798733.798733.798733.79873
Basil (Alan Bates) is a half-English, half-Greek writer raised in Britain who bears the hallmarks of an uptight, middle-class Englishman. He is waiting at the Athens port of Piraeus on mainland Greece to catch a boat to Crete when he meets a gruff, yet enthusiastic peasant and musician named Zorba (Anthony Quinn). Basil explains to Zorba that he is traveling to a rural Cretan village where his father owns some land, with the intention of reopening a lignite mine and perhaps curing his writer's block. Zorba relates his experience with mining and convinces Basil to take him along.
Exodus
Exodus (1960)
, 3h28
Directed by Otto Preminger, George Cosmatos
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Sal Mineo, Jill Haworth
Rating66% 3.3490153.3490153.3490153.3490153.349015
The film is based initially on events surrounding the ship Exodus in Cyprus in 1947 and then on events in Palestine during the founding of the modern state of Israel in 1948.

Scriptwriter

Escape to Athena, 2h5
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Political films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree
Roles Story
Rating56% 2.8013852.8013852.8013852.8013852.801385
In 1944 allied POWs, at a remote POW camp on an unnamed island, are forced to excavate ancient Greek artifacts. The camp Commandant, Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore), who was an Austrian antiques dealer before the war, is sending some of the valuable pieces to his sister living in Switzerland.
The Cassandra Crossing, 2h9
Directed by George Cosmatos
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Medical-themed films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films, Film se déroulant dans un train
Actors Sophia Loren, Richard Harris, Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner
Roles Story
Rating62% 3.1491153.1491153.1491153.1491153.149115
When the existence of a strain of plague (vaguely identified as pneumonic) is revealed at the U.S. mission at the International Health Organization, three terrorists seek to blow up the U.S. mission. Two of them are shot, one mortally, by security personnel but one escapes. The surviving terrorist is hospitalized and quarantined and identified as Swedish. Dr. Elena Stradner (Ingrid Thulin) and U.S. Colonel Stephen Mackenzie (Burt Lancaster) (Military Intelligence assigned to the IHO) argue over the nature of the strain, which Stradner suspects is a biological weapon but which Colonel Mackenzie claims was in the process of being destroyed.