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  • BIRTH 12/08/1912
  • DEATH 30/10/1997
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 13
  • DIRECTOR 18
  • SCRIPT 20
  • PRODUCTION 8

Samuel Fuller

Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist and film director known for low-budget genre movies with controversial themes.

He was born Samuel Michael Fuller in Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Benjamin Rabinovitch, a Jewish immigrant  from Russia, and Rebecca Baum, a Jewish immigrant from Poland. After immigrating to America, the family's surname was changed from Rabinovitch to "Fuller" possibly by inspiration of a Doctor who arrived in America on the Mayflower.  At the age of 12, he began working in journalism  as a newspaper  copyboy. He became a crime reporter  in New York City at age 17, working for the New York Evening Graphic. He broke the story of Jeanne Eagels' death.  He wrote pulp novels and screenplays  from the mid-1930s onwards. Fuller also became a screenplay  ghostwriter  but would never tell interviewers which screenplays that he ghost-wrote explaining "that's what a ghost writer is for".

During World War II, Fuller joined the United States Army infantry. He was assigned to the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, and saw heavy fighting. He was involved in landings in Africa, Sicily, and Normandy  and also saw action in Belgium and Czechoslovakia. In 1945 he was present at the liberation of the German concentration camp at Falkenau  and shot 16 mm footage which was used later in the documentary Falkenau: The Impossible. For his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.  Fuller used his wartime experiences as material in his films, especially in The Big Red One (1980), a nickname of the 1st Infantry Division.

After his controversial film "White Dog" was shelved by Paramount pictures, Fuller moved to France, and never directed another American film. Fuller eventually returned to America. He died of natural causes in his California home. In November 1997, the Directors Guild held a three hour memorial in his honor, hosted by Curtis Hanson, his long time friend and co-writer on White Dog. He was survived by his wife Christa and daughter Samantha.

Samuel Fuller

Movies (13)

Pierrot le fou
Pierrot le fou
Samuel Fuller (uncredited)
White Dog
White Dog
Charlie Felton
Der amerikanische Freund
Der amerikanische Freund
The American
The Last Movie
The Last Movie
Sam
A Return to Salem's Lot
A Return to Salem's Lot
Van Meer
House of Bamboo
House of Bamboo
Japanese policeman (uncredited)
La Vie de Bohème
La Vie de Bohème
Gassot
Golem, l'esprit de l'exil
Golem, l'esprit de l'exil
Elimelek
The End of Violence
The End of Violence
Louis
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese…
Self
Golem, le jardin pétrifié
Golem, le jardin pétrifié
Sam
Der Stand der Dinge
Der Stand der Dinge
Joe
Somebody to Love
Somebody to Love
Sam Silverman

Director (18)

White Dog
White Dog
Shark!
Shark!
Forty Guns
Forty Guns
The Big Red One
The Big Red One
Fixed Bayonets!
Fixed Bayonets!
Shock Corridor
Shock Corridor
House of Bamboo
House of Bamboo
The Crimson Kimono
The Crimson Kimono
The Meanest Men in the West
The Meanest Men in the West
Run of the Arrow
Run of the Arrow
The Steel Helmet
The Steel Helmet
Park Row
Park Row
Hell and High Water
Hell and High Water
Underworld U.S.A.
Underworld U.S.A.
Pickup on South Street
Pickup on South Street
The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss
Merrill's Marauders
Merrill's Marauders
The Virginian
The Virginian
(1 episode)

Script (20)

White Dog
White Dog
Forty Guns
Forty Guns
Shark!
Shark!
Fixed Bayonets!
Fixed Bayonets!
Shock Corridor
Shock Corridor
The Big Red One
The Big Red One
Park Row
Park Row
Shockproof
Shockproof
The Meanest Men in the West
The Meanest Men in the West
Run of the Arrow
Run of the Arrow
The Steel Helmet
The Steel Helmet
The Crimson Kimono
The Crimson Kimono
Power of the Press
Power of the Press
The Tanks Are Coming
The Tanks Are Coming
Hell and High Water
Hell and High Water
Underworld U.S.A.
Underworld U.S.A.
Pickup on South Street
Pickup on South Street
The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss
Merrill's Marauders
Merrill's Marauders
The Virginian
The Virginian
(1 episode)

Production (8)

Forty Guns
Forty Guns
Shock Corridor
Shock Corridor
Park Row
Park Row
The Naked Kiss
The Naked Kiss
Underworld U.S.A.
Underworld U.S.A.
The Crimson Kimono
The Crimson Kimono
The Steel Helmet
The Steel Helmet
Run of the Arrow
Run of the Arrow