|Born||Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente
July 22, 1925
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||December 22, 2014
Malibu, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart disease|
|Other names||Joseph Daniel Sargent|
|Known for||White Lightning
Jaws: The Revenge
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
|Spouse(s)||Mary Carver (1952–1968) (divorced) (2 children)
Carolyn Nelson (1970-2014) (his death)
Joseph Sargent (born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente, July 22, 1925 – December 22, 2014) was an American film director. Though he directed many television movies, his best known feature film works were the theatrical releases; White Lightning, MacArthur, Nightmares and Jaws: The Revenge, with his most popular film being The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He was the recipient of four Emmy Awards. He is the father of anime dubbing voice actress Lia Sargent.
Life and career
Sargent was born as Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Italians Maria (née Noviello) and Domenico Sorgente. Sargent began his career as an actor, appearing in numerous films and television programs.
He appeared in an uncredited role as a soldier in the film From Here to Eternity (1953) where he also meet his first wife Mary Carver on the set. He switched to directing in the mid-1950s, with directing credits over the next 15 years including episodes of the television series Lassie, The Invaders, The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and Star Trek.
He alternated between television movies and feature films during the 1970s. Sargent's directorial work from this period includes; The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, the TV movies Hustling with Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh and Tribes with Jan-Michael Vincent and Darren McGavin, as well as the international award-winning ABC film The Night That Panicked America. In 1974, he won his first Directors Guild of America Award for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973), which was the TV movie pilot for the Kojak series
In the 1980s, Sargent directed the mini-series Manions of America, which featured Pierce Brosnan and Space. In 1987, he directed Jaws: The Revenge, the third sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic. The film received mostly negative reviews. Roger Ebert particularly called his directing of the climactic sequence "incompetent," and he was nominated as "Worst Director" in the 1987 Golden Raspberry Awards.
Sargent was nominated for several Emmy awards, and won four. His first nomination came for his direction of the TV movie Tribes (1970). His second nomination, for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973), earned him his first win. He also won Emmys for Love Is Never Silent (1985), Caroline? (1990) and Miss Rose White (1992). He was also nominated for Amber Waves (1980), A Lesson Before Dying (1999), Something the Lord Made (2004) and Warm Springs (2005).
He was the Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence for the Directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.
|1953||From Here to Eternity||
|1968||The Hell with Heroes||
|1970||Colossus: The Forbin Project||
|1974||The Taking of Pelham One Two Three||
|1975||The Night That Panicked America||
|1981||Manions of America||
|1985||Love Is Never Silent||
|1987||Jaws: The Revenge||
||Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Picture
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Director
|1989||The Karen Carpenter Story||
|1998||Mandela and de Klerk||
|The Long Island Incident||
|1999||A Lesson Before Dying||
|2004||Something the Lord Made||
||Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Film|
|2008||Sweet Nothing in My Ear||
- Ebert, Roger. "Jaws the Revenge". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 18, 2006.
- "1987 Archive". Razzies.com. Retrieved December 11, 2006.
- "The Deaf West Theatre". DeafWest.org. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- Emmy-Winning Director Joseph Sargent Dies at 89
- Joseph Sargent at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography at Hollywood.com Includes details of awards.
- Joseph Sargent interview video at the Archive of American Television