Charles Jarrott

Charles Jarrott ( born June 16, 1927 in London, † March 4, 2011 in Los Angeles ) was a British- Canadian film director, screenwriter and actor. After working in the British and Canadian theater, he joined in the mid- 1950s as a director of more than 40 film - television productions in appearance, mainly dramas. For his directing at the historical film Queen of the Thousand Days (1969 ) he was awarded the Golden Globe Award.

  • 2.1 Director ( Selection)
  • 2.2 Writer
  • 2.3 Actors


Training and directing debut

Charles Jarrott was in 1927 in London, the son of the British musical performer Ursula Jean (born Borlase ) and the British racing driver Charles Jarrott born. He served in World War II for the Royal Navy in the Far East by consent of his widowed mother. His theater career began after the war as " Assistant Stage Manager " with the ensemble of Great Britain Touring Company. Later Jarrott became member of the Nottingham Repertory, where he gained experience as an actor and director. In 1953, the British moved to Canada. There he received as an actor an engagement at the Theatre of Ottawa. In 1955 an insignificant part in the episode The Walking Stick of the TV series On Camera ( 1954-1958 ) made ​​his acting debut on Canadian television. Two years later, completed a Jarrott extras appearance in the episode False Witness the Western series Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, before he decided to completely dedicate the work as a director.

His debut as a director was Charles Jarrott the mid-1950s with the Director of TV games for U.S. and British series. In his native England, he first drew attention to himself with the Irish settled in the fishing environment A Shilling for the Evil Day ( 1959). The London Times praised him for his " characteristic flowing and expressive " directorial effort, which was broadcast as part of the Associated Television 's Armchair Theatre, for which he was repeatedly employed. On this success he was able to further work in independent television tie, including Dr. Kabil, a political melodrama about an Algerian surgeons, as well as the thriller Eye Witness with Diana Wynyard as a helpless Invalidin. 1960 declared him the Times to the best directors of television drama, however, would have no talent for comedy. Very often occurred in his television work on women as main characters. A worked together closely with the Canadian television producer Sydney Newman, who also sponsored such well-known filmmakers such as Ken Loach, Dennis Potter and David Mercer.

Success in Hollywood with historical films

1965 was followed by his first feature film Tea Party for the BBC, which was based on a screenplay by Harold Pinter and which he directed with Vivien Merchant for British television. After his work on the British television series The Wednesday Play (1964-1967), the mystery series Haunted (1967 ) and the TV movie The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968, with Jack Palance in the title role), followed in 1969 Jarrotts film debut. In the historical drama Queen of the Thousand Days, based on a play by Maxwell Anderson, embodied the francophone Canadian Geneviève Bujold after power aspiring Anne Boleyn, during when Henry VIII of England Richard Burton mimed her film husband. Produced by Hal B. Wallis plant was mixed despite criticism won four Golden Globes, including the trophies for Best Drama of the Year and Charles Jarrott for Best Director. In the next Academy Awards Jarrott was surprisingly not nominated for best director and also Queen of the Thousand Days, traded with ten nominations as a big favorite, could not prevail against John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy is more popular. In the same year the winner of an Emmy American television film The Male of the Species, in which Paul Scofield, Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Laurence Olivier participated followed.

Following the international success of Queen of the Thousand Days Jarrott reunited with producer Hal B. Wallis and directed the historical epic Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland for Universal Pictures Director. With the drama in which Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson, the rival queens Mary Stuart and Elizabeth of England mime, Jarrott able to build on the previous success and the costume drama was nominated for five Golden Globes and the same number of Oscars. The movie career of the British- Canadian director was marred in 1973 after only three films, as he unsuccessfully Frank Capra's Adventure In of Shangri - La ( 1937) as a new movie musical staged Lost Horizon with Peter Finch and Liv Ullmann. The seven million U.S. dollar, two and a half hour film was a failure with audiences and critics and destroyed the career of his producer Ross Hunter, who among other things for successful Hollywood projects such as Pillow Talk (1959 ) or the disaster film Airport ( 1970) had been responsible. Also Jarrott remained thereupon commitment to major film productions denied. Only for the Walt Disney Company, he was 1976-1981 stage including three feature films, including The little horse thieves (1976 ) with Alastair Sim in his last film role. The Times called him after the Romance Side of Midnight (1977, with Susan Sarandon) and his earlier large-scale productions as "safe director," but not as " creative or exciting " filmmaker. The influential American film critic Pauline Kael saw in Jarrott " a man with no style and personality " and limited his artistic activity to that of a " transport manager " ( Original: "traffic manager" ).

Television career

Charles Jarrott turned to the early 1980s reinforced the American and British television, where he was also able to achieve success. In 1987 he turned his excellent with three Emmys television miniseries Poor Little Rich Girl - The Barbara Hutton Story in the Farrah Fawcett portrayed the unhappily married multiple times and wasting addicted Woolworth heiress. A year later, the television movie The Woman He Loved, a complex adaptation of the affair of Wallis Simpson with the British King Edward VIII, in which Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews held the lead roles originated. In 1991 he was the controversial biopic recorded Luci and Desi - A look behind the scenes, in which Frances Fisher and Maurice Benard the filmmaking couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz portrayed. Eleven years after the athletes Drama Finish - final sprint to victory (1986 ), in which Nicolas Cage in the role of the Canadian Weltklasseruderers Ned Handlan ( 1855-1908 ) slipped to Jarrott was in 1997 with the award-winning comedy The Secret Life of Algernon with Carrie- Anne Moss and John Cullum again responsible for a theatrical production. Followed in 2001 with the crime drama Turn of Faith, in which Mia Sara and Costas Mandylor held the leading roles, his last film.

Charles Jarrott was married three times. Was divorced marriage to British actress and screenwriter Katharine Blake (1928-1991), which he used in many of his plays and in Queen of the Thousand Days (1969). Was also divorced the previous marriage with Rosemary Palin ( 1949-1957 ). His third wife Suzanne Bledsoe, whom he married in 1992, died in 2003. Jarrott himself died in 2011 at the age of 83 years in the retirement community of Woodland Hills (Los Angeles ). He was suffering from prostate cancer.


Director ( Selection)