Died Today (August 18th) – Director John Sturges (The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven)

johsturges.jpgJohn Sturges (1910–1992)

Born: January 3, 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Died: August 18, 1992 (age 82) in San Luis Obispo, California, USA

When he met Akira Kurosawa, Kurosawa told him that he loved The Magnificent Seven (1960), which was a remake of Kurosawa’ Seven Samurai (1954). Sturges always maintained that this was the single proudest moment of his life.

Served with the US Army Signals Corps during World War II, but later transferred to the Air Force. Eventually edited/directed 37 training films and five documentaries. He served in Africa, Italy, Corsica and Britain.

 

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