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Richard C. Sarafian is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Script American born on 28 april 1930 at New York City (USA)

Richard C. Sarafian

Richard C. Sarafian
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Birth name Richard Caspar Sarafian
Nationality USA
Birth 28 april 1930 at New York City (USA)
Death 18 september 2013 (at 83 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Richard Caspar Sarafian (April 28, 1930 – September 18, 2013) was an American TV and film director and actor. He compiled a versatile career that spanned over five decades as a director, actor, and writer. He is best known as the director of the 1971 film Vanishing Point.


Sarafian was born in New York City on April 28, 1930, to Armenian immigrants. He studied pre-law and pre-med at New York University and was a poor student, but changed over to studying film, at which he excelled. He left college to join the United States Army, in which he served as a reporter for an Army news service. While stationed in Kansas City, Missouri, during the Korean War (1950-1953) he met the future Hollywood director Robert Altman, and the two became friends.

Sarafian worked with Altman on industrial films and married Altman‍ '​s sister, Helen Joan Altman. He also acted in a local play Altman directed. His television career began in the early 1960s in Kansas City as Altman‍ '​s assistant. Sarafian soon began to direct television shows himself, and in 1963 scored one of his greatest successes as director of the "Living Doll" episode of The Twilight Zone. His first feature film was Andy in 1965. His greatest success as a feature film director came with Vanishing Point, which followed the action-packed adventures of a man driving a white Dodge Challenger car from Denver, Colorado, to San Francisco, California, in 15 hours; critics disliked the movie, but it became a cult hit.

Besides The Twilight Zone, Sarafian‍ '​s directing credits on television included episodes of the television series Gunsmoke and Batman. In addition to Andy and Vanshing Point, he directed a number of feature films, including Run Wild, Run Free in 1969, Man in the Wilderness in 1971, and The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing in 1973. In his film acting career, he played a gangster in Bugsy in 1991 and a hitman in Bulworth in 1998, and in 2001 he voiced the animated God Beaver character in Dr. Dolittle 2. On television, he played a coffee shop owner as a regular member of the cast of the 1985-1986 CBS situation comedy Foley Square, starring Margaret Colin.

Best films

Songwriter (1984)

Usually with

Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2 films)
Michael Kamen
Michael Kamen
(2 films)
Adolfo Celi
Adolfo Celi
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard C. Sarafian (35 films)

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Masked and Anonymous, 1h52
Directed by Larry Charles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Penélope Cruz, Luke Wilson, Jessica Lange
Roles President
Rating53% 2.651032.651032.651032.651032.65103
An iconic rock legend, Jack Fate (Bob Dylan), is bailed out of prison to perform a one-man benefit concert for a decaying future North American society. The film touches on many subjects from the futility of politics, the confusion of loosely strung government conspiracies, and the chaos created by both anarchy and Nineteen Eighty-Four-styled totalitarianism. It further reflects on life, dreams, and God's place in a seemingly increasingly chaotic world.
Dr. Dolittle 2, 1h27
Directed by Steve Carr
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un ours, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wilson, Raven-Symoné, Steve Zahn, Lisa Kudrow, Mandy Moore
Roles God Beaver (voice)
Rating47% 2.360062.360062.360062.360062.36006
Lucky the dog (Norm Macdonald) explains Dr. John Dolittle's (Eddie Murphy) gift of talking to animals. John comes home from France and gives his wife a present from Paris. He also gives his daughter, Maya (Kyla Pratt), a chameleon, named Pepito.
Blue Streak, 1h34
Directed by Les Mayfield
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Dave Chappelle, Peter Greene, Olek Krupa, William Forsythe
Roles Uncle Lou
Rating63% 3.1515353.1515353.1515353.1515353.151535
Jewel thief Miles Logan (Martin Lawrence) participates in a $17 million diamond heist in Los Angeles. One accomplice, Deacon (Peter Greene), wants the diamond all for himself, killing one member of the team[eddie], and Logan escapes to a nearby construction site, hiding the diamond in a vent as the police close in. Deacon escapes, while Logan is caught and arrested as a robber, spending two years in jail. Upon his release, he argues with his ex-girlfriend, Janiece (Tamala Jones), who is angry for him lying to her about being a banker. Returning to the spot where he hid the diamond, Logan is dismayed that the site is the location of a new LAPD police station.
Bulworth (1998)
, 1h48
Directed by Warren Beatty
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about suicide, Political films, Children's films
Actors Halle Berry, Warren Beatty, Oliver Platt, Don Cheadle, Sean Astin, Paul Sorvino
Roles Vinnie
Rating67% 3.397773.397773.397773.397773.39777
A down-on-his-luck Democratic Senator, Jay Bulworth is losing his bid for re-election to a fiery young populist. Bulworth's socialist views, formed in the 1960s and 1970s, have lost favor with voters, so he has conceded to more conservative politics and to accepting donations from big corporations. In addition, though he and his wife have been having affairs with each other's knowledge for years, they must still present a happy façade in the interest of maintaining a good public image.
The Crossing Guard, 1h51
Directed by Sean Penn, Brian W. Cook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Jack Nicholson, David Morse, Robin Wright, Anjelica Huston, Piper Laurie, Richard Bradford
Roles Sunny Ventura
Rating62% 3.1477953.1477953.1477953.1477953.147795
Freddy Gale (Nicholson) has been tormented for the five years following the death of his daughter Emily. Once a devoted husband and father, he is now an alcoholic who spends his nights hanging out in strip clubs and sleeping with prostitutes. Now the drunk driver who killed her, John Booth (Morse), is released from prison. Freddy immediately reveals to his ex-wife Mary (Huston) that he is going to kill Booth. She begs him not to, and they get into an altercation that ends with her new husband throwing him out of the house.
Bound (1996)
, 1h48
Directed by Lana et Lilly Wachowski
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Erotic thriller films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni, John P. Ryan
Roles Gino Marzzone
Rating72% 3.6488253.6488253.6488253.6488253.648825
Corky (Gina Gershon), an ex-con who has just finished a five-year jail sentence, arrives at an apartment building to start work as a painter and plumber. On her way up to the apartment, she encounters the couple who live next-door, Violet (Jennifer Tilly) and Caesar (Joe Pantoliano). After Caesar has gone out, Violet flirts with Corky and asks her to help retrieve an earring that has fallen down her sink. After Corky extracts the earring, Violet admits she lost it on purpose in order to get closer to Corky, and starts to seduce her. They are interrupted by the arrival of Caesar and Corky goes back to work. When she leaves for the day, Violet follows her to her truck. They go to Corky's apartment and have sex. The next morning, Violet tells Corky that Caesar is a money launderer for the Mafia and they have been together for five years.
Gotti (1996)
, 1h54
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Crime
Themes Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Gangster films
Actors Armand Assante, William Forsythe, Anthony Quinn, Vincent Pastore, Richard C. Sarafian, Dominic Chianese
Roles Paul Castellano
Rating71% 3.5953253.5953253.5953253.5953253.595325
De 1973 à 1992, l'ascension du gangster John Gotti, membre de la famille Gambino, une des plus importantes de la mafia new-yorkaise, qui allait devenir le parrain après en avoir éliminé Paul Castellano, le chef en place qu'il haïssait, avant de connaître la chute, notamment de sa surmédiatisation dans les médias et par la trahison de son consigliere Sammy Gravano.
Don Juan DeMarco, 1h40
Directed by Jeremy Leven
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, Transgender in film, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Géraldine Pailhas, Bob Dishy, Franc Luz
Roles Detective Sy Tobias
Rating66% 3.3498653.3498653.3498653.3498653.349865
Psychiatrist Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando) dissuades a would-be suicide—a 21-year-old, costumed like Zorro and claiming to be Don Juan (Johnny Depp), who is then held for a ten-day review in a mental institution. Mickler, who is about to retire, insists on doing the evaluation and conducts it without medicating the youth. "Don Juan" tells his story—born in Mexico, the death of his father, a year in a harem, and finding true love (and being rejected) on a remote island. Listening enlivens Mickler's relationship with his own wife, Marilyn (Faye Dunaway). As the ten days tick down and pressure mounts on Mickler to support the youth's indefinite confinement, finding reality within the romantic imagination becomes Jack's last professional challenge.
The Road Killers, 1h29
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Christophe Lambert, Craig Sheffer, David Arquette, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Pyper-Ferguson
Roles Trucker
Rating50% 2.5071352.5071352.5071352.5071352.507135
The movie follows the story of Jack Lerolland (Lambert) and his friends and family going for a short country trip. Along the way they are harassed by gangs of murders, led by maniac Cliff (Sheffer). When Cliff kills Jack's brother in a car crash, this is the start of the chain of events which will terrorize the group. Jack is supposedly killed next and the other members of his group are taken to the gangs hideout, with the female members of the group being molested. Meanwhile, Jack is revived and is able to travel to a police station. There he is tricked into a cell and is told to wait there, while the on-duty officer goes to check out the hideout. There, Jack meets Cliff's brother. A police officer later arrives at the hideout and is shot dead by a surprised Cliff. After this incident, Cliff becomes suspicious of some of his gang members and kills one of them. At the station, Jack and Cliff's brother breakout and are about. Jack is again tricked, this time by Cliff's brother, into waiting at the station, while he takes away the police car. Jack subsequently takes another car and reaches the hideout and frees his friends and family.
Gunmen (1993)
, 1h31
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Buddy films
Actors Christophe Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, Denis Leary, Kadeem Hardison, Sally Kirkland, Richard C. Sarafian
Roles Chief Chavez
Rating51% 2.5998752.5998752.5998752.5998752.599875
Wheelchair-bound drug baron Peter Loomis (Patrick Stewart) has his $400 million drug fortune stolen in South America by his errand boy Carlos, who stashed the fortune on an undisclosed boat in an undisclosed harbor. Loomis sends ruthless killer Armor O'Malley (Denis Leary) to find the boat and recover the money—he and sidekick Marie (Brenda Bakke) kill Carlos before they can get the name and location of the boat, but they learn that Carlos's brother Dani (Christopher Lambert) knows where it is, and set out to find him.
Gunmen (1993)
, 1h31
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Christophe Lambert, Denis Leary, Patrick Stewart, Kadeem Hardison, Sally Kirkland, Richard C. Sarafian
Roles Chief Chavez
Rating51% 2.5998752.5998752.5998752.5998752.599875
Carl, le frère de Dani (Christopher Lambert) a caché 400 millions de dollars dans un bateau quelque part en Amérique du Sud. Ce magot appartient à Peter Loomis (Patrick Stewart) qui envoie Armor O'Malley (Denis Leary) pour trouver le bateau. Dani, qui est en prison, connaît le lieu où se trouve le bateau mais pas son nom.
Ruby (1992)
, 1h50
Directed by John Mackenzie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Action, Crime
Themes Films about families, Political films
Actors Danny Aiello, Sherilyn Fenn, Arliss Howard, Tobin Bell, Marc Lawrence, Richard C. Sarafian
Roles Proby
Rating55% 2.7514452.7514452.7514452.7514452.751445
The film begins with Jack Ruby saying, "Lookin' back at it now, what can you say? It feels like it was a dream. Yeah, that's it, a dream. Maybe none of it never happened. Because when I look back on it today, this is the best sense I can make of it." Then the scene shows a murder; a corpse, dressed in a suit, is being drained of blood, having been hung on a meat hook. It is readily apparent that the corpse has been tortured, and it is implied that the presentation of the body is intended to be a brutal message.
Bugsy (1991)
, 2h15
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Mob film, Action, Adventure, Crime, Romance
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, Joe Mantegna
Roles Jack Dragna
Rating67% 3.3975053.3975053.3975053.3975053.397505
Gangster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, who works for the New York mob, goes to California and instantly falls in love with Virginia Hill, a tough-talking Hollywood starlet. The two meet for the first time when Bugsy visits his friend, actor George Raft, on a film set. He buys a house in Beverly Hills from opera singer Lawrence Tibbett, planning to stay there while his wife and two daughters remain in Scarsdale.
Alien Predators, 1h30
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Actors Dennis Christopher, Martin Hewitt, Lynn-Holly Johnson, Luis Prendes, Richard C. Sarafian
Roles Capt. J.J. Wells (voice) (uncredited)
Rating38% 1.928051.928051.928051.928051.92805
Three teenagers vacationing in Spain drive through a town where the space station Skylab crashed several years earlier, bringing with it alien organisms that transform their human hosts into flesh-eating monsters.