January 21, 1929|
New York City
||December 10, 1987
San Diego, California
||Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Denis Sanders (January 21, 1929 – December 10, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer who directed the debut performances of Robert Redford, George Hamilton, Sydney Pollack and Tom Skerritt in the 1962 film War Hunt. He won two Academy Awards, the first for Best Short Subject in 1955 for A Time Out of War that had served as his master's degree thesis at U.C.L.A. and which he co-scripted with his brother Terry Sanders; and the second for Best Documentary in 1970 for Czechoslovakia 1968.
In 1958 he teamed up again with Sanders to adapt Norman Mailer's World War II novel The Naked and the Dead.
He was born in New York City and died from a heart attack in San Diego, California, where he was professor and film maker in residence at San Diego State University.