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George Sidney (October 4, 1916 - May 5, 2002) was an Americanmarker film director and film producer who worked primarily at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Career

Born in Long Island City, New York, Sidney began his career as an assistant at MGM until being assigned to direct the Our Gang comedies, which MGM had just acquired from Hal Roach, in 1938. Sidney, then age 21, was the youngest Our Gang senior director ever, and was only nine years older than the eldest Our Gang kid, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's brother Harold.

After a year of working on Our Gang shorts, Sidney moved on to the Crime Does Not Pay series and popular Pete Smith specialties. He soon graduated to features, including The Harvey Girls (1946), The Three Musketeers (1948), Annie Get Your Gun (1950), The Red Danube (1950), Kiss Me, Kate (1953), Jupiter's Darling (1955), The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), Pal Joey (1957), Jeanne Eagels (1957), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas (1964). His last film was Half a Sixpence (1967).

Sidney became good friends with MGM animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Hanna and Barbera's Jerry Mouse appeared alongside Gene Kelly in Sidney's film Anchors Aweigh (1945). After MGM close its animation studio in 1957, Sdney helped Hanna and Barbera form a deal with Screen Gems, the television division of Columbia Pictures, to form the successful television animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions, for which Sidney served as a boardmember for ten years. Sidney later featured Hanna-Barbera's Fred Flintstone and Huckleberry Hound in Bye Bye Birdie.

Sidney was nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award four times, starting with the lush Technicolor remake of Show Boat. In 1958 he was presented with a Golden Globe Award for Best World Entertainment Through Musical Films. For his work in the art of cinema, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker. He died of complications from lymphoma in Las Vegas, Nevadamarker at the age of 85. He was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Motion picture actor George Sidney (actor) (1876-1945, born Samuel Greenfield) was his uncle.

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Film Result
1952 Directors Guild of Americamarker Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Show Boat Nominated
1953 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Scaramouche Nominated
1954 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Young Bess Nominated
1957 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Eddy Duchin Story Nominated
1959 Directors Guild of America DGA Honorary Life Member Award
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Won
1986 Directors Guild of America Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award
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Won
1998 Directors Guild of America President's Award
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Won
1995 Golden Apple Award Louella Parsons Award
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Won
1958 Golden Globe Award Best World Entertainment Through Musical Films
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Won
1993 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival King Vidor Memorial Award
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Won


Filmography

The following films are a partial listing of his films:



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