Gerd Oswald

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Gerd Oswald
Born (1919-06-09)June 9, 1919
Berlin, Germany
Died May 22, 1989(1989-05-22) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director
Parent(s)

Gerd Oswald (June 9, 1919 – May 22, 1989) was a director of American films and television.

Biography[edit]

Born in Berlin, Oswald was the son of German film director Richard Oswald and actress Käthe Oswald. He worked as a child actor before emigrating to the United States in 1938. Early production jobs at low-budget studios like Monogram Pictures prepared Oswald for a directorial career.[1]

Oswald's film credits include A Kiss Before Dying (1956), Brainwashed (1960), and Bunny O'Hare (1971). His television credits include Perry Mason, Blue Light, Bonanza, The Outer Limits, The Fugitive, Star Trek, Gentle Ben, It Takes a Thief, and The Twilight Zone. Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 know Oswald as the director of the 1966 film Agent for H.A.R.M.

He was formerly an assistant director for twenty years, including on his father's 1941 film The Captain from Köpenick (1941), aka Passport to Heaven and I Was a Criminal.

Oswald was the uncredited director of the parachute drop scenes into Sainte-Mère-Église, France on D-Day, during the Normandy landings of World War II for the film The Longest Day (1962).

Oswald died of cancer in Los Angeles, California at the age of 69.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Langman, Larry (1999). Destination Hollywood: The Influence of Europeans on American Filmmaking. McFarland & Company. p. 106. ISBN 978-0786406814. 

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