|Born:||October 26, 1912|
|Birthplace:||Nipomo, California, U.S.|
|Died||April 20, 1991(aged 78)|
|TV/film producer and director|
|Series involved with:||The Jeffersons|
|Job on series||Associate/Supervising producer (73 episodes)|
Donald "Don" Siegel (born October 26, 1912-died April 20, 1991) was involed with a total of 73 episodes of The Jeffersons TV series either as an associate or supervising producer.
Born in Chicago, to parents of Jewish descent, Don attended schools in New York City and later graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in England. For a short time he studied at Beaux Arts in Paris, France, but left at age 20 and later made his way to Los Angeles.
Don was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. Siegel found work in the Warner Bros. film library after meeting producer Hal Wallis, and later rose to head of the Montage Department, where he directed thousands of montages, including the opening montage for Casablanca. In 1945 two shorts he directed, Hitler Lives? and Star in the Night, won Academy Awards, which launched his career as a feature director.In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was 1946's The Verdict (1946). He made his reputation in the early and mid-'50s with a series of tightly made, expertly crafted, tough but intelligent "B" pictures (among them The Lineup (1958), Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954), the original sci-fi box office smash B-movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)), then graduated to major "A" films in the 1960s and early 1970s. He made several "side trips" to television, mostly as a producer. Siegel directed what is generally considered to be Elvis Presley's best picture, Flaming Star (1960). He had a long professional relationship and personal friendship with Clint Eastwood, for whom he produced and directed the blockbuster 1971 film Dirty Harry, who has often said that everything he knows about filmmaking he learned from Siegel.
From 1948 to 1953 he was married to actress Viveca Lindfors, with whom he had a son, Kristoffer Tabori. He married Doe Avedon (a former actress and ex-wife of photographer Richard Avedon) in 1957. They adopted four children and later divorced.
He then married Carol Rydall, former assistant to Clint Eastwood, and they remained together until his death at the age of 78 from cancer in Nipomo, California. He is buried near Highway 1 in the coastal Cayucos-Morro Bay District Cemetery. A photo of the grave is available at Find-A-Grave.com – http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6721319.
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