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Birth information

14 June 1919 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

18 December 1993 London, England, UK

Given Name

Samuel Wattenmacker

How tall is Sam Wanamaker?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Charlotte Holland

Life Story of Sam Wanamaker

Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, and in 1959 joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced or directed several works at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974. He worked both as director and actor in films and television, his appearances included The Spiral Staircase (1975), Private Benjamin (1980), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), and Baby Boom (1987).

Married to Charlotte Holland, his daughter is actress Zoë Wanamaker.

Significant features of Sam Wanamaker

Deep, commanding baritone voice; easily confused for John Carradine.

What movies did Sam Wanamaker play or participate?

Producers Filmography
ITV Television Playhouse (1960) ,
Directors Filmography
Columbo (1989) , The Killing of Randy Webster (1981) , My Kidnapper, My Love (1980) , Mrs. Columbo (1979) , Hart to Hart (1979) , Return of the Saint (1979) , David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978) , Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) , Catlow (1971) , The Executioner (1970) , The File of the Golden Goose (1969) , Lancer (1968) , The Legend of Custer (1968) , Premiere (1968) , The Champions (1968) , Coronet...

Birth information

14 June 1919 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Death information

18 December 1993 London, England, UK

Given Name

Samuel Wattenmacker

How tall is Sam Wanamaker?

1.82 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Charlotte Holland

Life Story of Sam Wanamaker

Actor and director Sam Wanamaker was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Molly (Babell) and Maurice Wattenmaker, a tailor. He studied at Drake University, IA, then trained at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, worked with summer stock companies in Chicago as an actor and director, and made his London debut in 1952. In 1957, he was appointed director of the New Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool, and in 1959 joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. He produced or directed several works at Covent Garden and elsewhere in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in 1974. He worked both as director and actor in films and television, his appearances included The Spiral Staircase (1975), Private Benjamin (1980), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987), and Baby Boom (1987).

Married to Charlotte Holland, his daughter is actress Zoë Wanamaker.

Significant features of Sam Wanamaker

Deep, commanding baritone voice; easily confused for John Carradine.

What movies did Sam Wanamaker play or participate?

Producers Filmography
ITV Television Playhouse (1960) ,
Directors Filmography
Columbo (1989) , The Killing of Randy Webster (1981) , My Kidnapper, My Love (1980) , Mrs. Columbo (1979) , Hart to Hart (1979) , Return of the Saint (1979) , David Cassidy - Man Undercover (1978) , Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) , Catlow (1971) , The Executioner (1970) , The File of the Golden Goose (1969) , Lancer (1968) , The Legend of Custer (1968) , Premiere (1968) , The Champions (1968) , Coronet...

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Oliver Reed, Richard Widmark, and Sam Wanamaker in Von allen Hunden gehetzt (1976)

In 1987 he founded the International Shakespeare Globe Centre, used to advance two projects. Construction of The Globe Theater, Bankside, Southwark, London. Secondly to support the protection of the archaeological remains of The Rose Theatre, whose details were vital to recreation of The Globe.

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Rosanna Arquette and Sam Wanamaker in Absturz in der Wildnis (1985)

In 1994 he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award: Society of London Theatre's Special Award for Lifetime Achievement (1993 season).

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Goldie Hawn, Albert Brooks, Barbara Barrie, etc.

In the 1970s he and actress Jan Sterling entered into a relationship, and although they never married, they stayed together until his death in 1993.

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Richard Dreyfuss and Sam Wanamaker in Das große Finale (1980)

Served in the US army from 1943-46.

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Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving, Lee Remick, etc.

Father, with Charlotte Holland, of daughters Abby Wanamaker, Jessica Wanamaker and actress Zoë Wanamaker.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Paul Shenar, and Sam Wanamaker in Der City Hai (1986)

Although he was instrumental in the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre in London, England, he did not get to see the theatre's grand opening in 1997, having died of prostate cancer four years earlier.

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Sam Wanamaker and Stuart Whitman in Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Ki

After learning that he had been blacklisted during the "Red Scare" period of the late 1940s-1950s after filming Mr. Denning Drives North (1951) in the U.K., he stayed and settled in England.

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Sean Penn and Sam Wanamaker in Ein Richter für Berlin (1988)

In 1993 he was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the Globe Theater.

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