Robert Day (director)

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Robert Day
Born
Robert Frederick Day

11 September 1922
Sheen, England
Died17 March 2017(2017-03-17) (aged 94)
Bainbridge Island, Seattle, United States
OccupationFilm director
Years active1956-1991
Spouse(s)Eileen Pamela Day (1948[1]-1968;[2] divorce; 1 child) Dorothy Provine (1968-2010; her death; 1 child)
ChildrenRoberta Jane Simons (15 October 1952[3]) Robert Day, Jr. (28 May 1969)

Robert Frederick Day (11 September 1922 – 17 March 2017)[4] was an English film director. He directed more than 40 films between 1956 and 1991. Day was born in Sheen, England.

Biography[edit]

Day worked his way up from clapper boy to camera operator, then cinematographer, in his native England, and began directing in the mid-1950s. His first film as director, the black comedy The Green Man (1956) for the writer-producer team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, gained good reviews.[citation needed] Using this as a starting point, Day went on to become one of the industry's busiest directors including directing several Tarzan films.

He relocated to Hollywood in the 1960s and directed many TV episodes and made-for-TV movies. He occasionally had small parts in his own productions, including The Haunted Strangler (1958), Two-Way Stretch (1960), and the TV mini-series Peter and Paul (1981).

In the 1970s and 1980s, Day would direct episodes of numerous American television shows, including Barnaby Jones, The F.B.I., Dallas, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, and Matlock.

Personal life[edit]

Day was married to Eileen Day[5] and then, following their divorce, to actress Dorothy Provine until her death.

He was the brother of cinematographer Ernest Day[6].

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Births, Deaths and Marriages". Births, Deaths and Marriages Recorded in Hatfield Jan - Mar 1948. SEY-SHA: 169. 1948. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ Bergan, Ronald (6 May 2010). "Dorothy Provine obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Births Registered in October, November and December". Births, Deaths and Marriages. Day: 254. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Robert Day Obituary – London Bridge, City of London | The Times". Legacy.com. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Births, Deaths and Marriages". Births, Deaths and Marriages Recorded in Hatfield Jan - Mar 1948. SEY-SHA: 169. 1948. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  6. ^ http://deadline.com/2017/03/robert-day-dead-director-film-tv-tarzan-1202047958/

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