Friday, March 4, 2011

RIP Charles Jarrott

Charles Jarrott, 83, a British film and TV director best known for the Hal Wallis productions "Anne of the Thousand Days" and "Mary, Queen of Scots," died Friday at the Motion Picture Home retirement community in Woodland Hills, according to Jaime Larkin, a spokeswoman for the Motion Picture and Television Fund. He had prostate cancer.

Although "Anne of the Thousand Days" (1969) was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including best picture, and "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1971) received five Oscar nominations, Jarrott was not recognized by the academy for his work on the historical costume dramas. Other films he directed included the 1977 melodrama "The Other Side of Midnight" and the 1973 musical remake of "Lost Horizon."

Jarrott was born June 16, 1927, in London and during World War II served in the British Royal Navy after his mother agreed to let him join as a teenager. He started in the entertainment business as a stage manager and an actor. He began directing stage and television productions in England before moving to Canada, where he acted and directed.

His TV directing credits include "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" starring Jack Palance and airing on ABC in 1968, and "Poor Little Rich Girl" with Farrah Fawcett playing Barbara Hutton in 1987.

JARROTT, Charles
Born: 6/16/1927, London, England, U.K.
Died: 3/4/2011, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Charles Jarrott's western - director:
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) - 1957



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