George Fitzmaurice is a Actor, Director and Producer American born on 13 february 1885 at Paris (France)
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Nationality USABirth 13 february 1885
at Paris (France
)Death 13 june 1940
(at 55 years) at Los Angeles (USA
George Fitzmaurice (13 February 1885 – 13 June 1940) was a French-born film director and producer. Fitzmaurice's career first started as a set designer on stage. Beginning in 1914 until his death in 1940, he directed over 80 films, including several successful movies such as The Son of the Sheik, Raffles, Mata Hari, and Suzy.
At the beginning of his directorial career Fitzmaurice was astute at directing stage actresses in their initial films when the first wave of great Broadway stars migrated to motion pictures during World War I era, including Mae Murray, Elsie Ferguson, Fannie Ward, Helene Chadwick, Irene Fenwick, Gail Kane and Edna Goodrich.
Son of the Sheik is his most famous extant silent film, no doubt aided by the sudden death of its star, Rudolph Valentino. Lilac Time is a classic war/romance film. Fitzmaurice however directed scores of silent films of which the majority of them are lost to the ravages of decompostion. Recent discoveries in Gosfilmofond in Russia include 1919's Witness for the Defense with Elsie Ferguson and 1923's Kick In with Bert Lytell. A restoration of his 1928 part talkie hybrid The Barker is winning praise from many film buffs. Rumors of other Fitzmaurice films in Gosfilmofond include 1920s Idols of Clay (with Mae Murray) and Three Live Ghosts with Norman Kerry, Anna Q. Nilsson Cyril Chadwick and Edmund Goulding.
George Fitzmaurice commence sa carrière en 1908 comme décorateur de théâtre. Réalisateur dès 1914, il se fait une réputation en dirigeant les stars de Broadway qui viennent tourner à Hollywood, notamment Mae Murray et Fannie Ward.
Il a réalisé plus de 80 films, parmi lesquels plusieurs films à grand succès dont Le Fils du Cheik avec Rudolph Valentino en 1926, et Mata Hari avec Greta Garbo en 1931.