Sam Wood

Sam Wood (* July 10, 1883 in Philadelphia, † September 22, 1949 in Hollywood ) was an American film director and producer.


Sam Wood became famous through his films with the Marx Brothers. Overall, he has been nominated three times between 1940 and 1944 for an Oscar for best director. His career began in the silent movie era 1920th He worked in 1929 as an assistant to Erich von Stroheim at the unfinished masterpiece Queen Kelly.

In 1939 he was one of three directors of the century film Gone with the Wind, which was used on behalf of Victor Fleming. His film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway - For Whom the Bell Tolls was nominated for nine Academy Awards.

Throughout his career he has been involved as a director in more than 80 productions. In addition, he accompanied several films as a producer.

Sam Wood was married from 1908 until his death with Clara L. Roush and died in 1949 at the age of 66 years suddenly of a heart attack.

Posthumously he was awarded in 1960 a star on the Walk of Fame.

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