David Swift (director)
July 27, 1919
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Died||December 31, 2001
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills Cemetery|
|Other names||Bud Swift
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer, animator, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Maggie McNamara (m. 1951–?)
Micheline Swift (m. 1957–2001)
David "Dave" Swift (July 27, 1919 – December 31, 2001) was an American screenwriter, animator, director, and producer. He is best known for his 1967 film, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the Parent Trap franchise.
Born in Minneapolis, Swift's father owned a factory that made sausage skins. As a child, Swift loved to draw. After his family went broke during the depression, he dropped out of school and boarded a freight train to California to pursue his goal of working for Walt Disney. Studying art in his spare time, Swift started work with Disney as an office boy and rose to be an assistant animator under Ward Kimball in 1938.
After World War II service with the 8th Air Force, Swift became a radio and television writer. He attracted acclaim as the creator of Mr. Peepers. Swift rejoined Disney as the writer, director and producer of Polyanna, followed by The Parent Trap. After making Love Is a Ball, Swift was then contracted to Columbia Pictures for The Interns, Under the Yum Yum Tree and Good Neighbor Sam, the latter two with Jack Lemmon. He also created the show Camp Runamuck. Swift returned to Disney to write Candleshoe in 1977.
On December 31, 2001, Swift died of heart failure at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California at the age of 82. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
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- David Swift at the Internet Movie Database
- Papers of David Swift at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa
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