Harry Hurwitz

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Harry L. Hurwitz
Born (1938-01-27)January 27, 1938
New York City, New York, United States
Died September 21, 1995(1995-09-21) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director
Years active 1971-1994
Spouse(s) Joy Hurwitz[1]

Harry Hurwitz (January 27, 1938 – September 21, 1995) was an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer.[2]

Hurwitz attended The High School of Music & Art and New York University, where he received a B.S. degree in 1960 and a M.A. in 1962. Before becoming a director, Hurwitz worked intermittently as a drawing instructor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design, and Queens College; he also taught filmmaking courses at New York University, Purchase College, the New York Institute of Technology, and the Pratt Institute. His directorial debut film The Projectionist also included the first acting role for actor/comedian Rodney Dangerfield.[3] He often used the pseudonym "Harry Tampa". In the early 1970s Hurwitz was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was at that time that he produced the black and white serigraphic self-portrait that briefly (and inexplicably as the film is set in Los Angeles) appears on the walls of the main character May's (Susan Dey) apartment in the 1986 film "Echo Park."


As a painter, Hurwitz has work in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[1] He taught painting and drawing at various American colleges.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Harry Hurwitz, a Screenwriter, Film Director and Painter, 57". The New York Times. 11 October 1995. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "The New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. 1995-09-21. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Sandra (1995-09-21). "Harry Hurwitz > Overview". AllMovie. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 

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