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Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Birthday 1916-12-08
Death 2006-03-25
Also Known As Richard O. Fleischer
Dick Fleischer


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. Richard O. Fleischer (December 8, 1916 – March 25, 2006) was an American film director. Fleischer was born in Brooklyn, the son of Essie (née Goldstein) and animator/producer Max Fleischer. After graduating from Brown University, he went to Yale School of Drama, where he met his future wife, Mary Dickson. His film career began in 1942 at the RKO studio, directing shorts, documentaries, and compilations of forgotten silent features. Fleischer moved to Los Angeles and was assigned his first feature, Child of Divorce (1946). In 1954, he was chosen by Walt Disney (his father's former rival as a cartoon producer) to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Kirk Douglas. In 1955 Fox signed Fleischer to a long term contract. He would work for that studio for the next fifteen years. His first film under his new contract with Fox was The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). Kirk Douglas hired Fleischer to make The Vikings (1958), which was another big hit. He then moved to Paris where he directed two stories for Darryl F. Zanuck starring Greco. Fleischer then signed a contract with Dino de Laurentiis to make Barabbas (1962). Back in Hollywood, Richard Zanuck had become head of production at Fox and offered Fleischer Fantastic Voyage (1966). It was a success and resurrected his Hollywood career. Che! (1969), a biopic of Che Guevera that starred Omar Sharif, was an expensive flop, as was an account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). This was his last film for 20th Century Fox. Fleischer travelled to England, where he directed an acclaimed thriller, 10 Rillington Place. See No Evil (1971) with Mia Farrow was another thriller. In Hollywood, he made The New Centurions (1972). At MGM, he made a science-fiction film, Soylent Green (1973), with Charlton Heston. He was reunited with De Laurentiis for the popular, if controversial, Mandingo (1975). The Prince and the Pauper (1977) was a version of the Mark Twain novel that featured Heston, Harrison and Scott in its cast. Fleischer was then hired on Ashanti (1979), starring Michael Caine, which turned out to be a flop. Tough Enough (1983) was about the Toughman Contest starring Dennis Quaid. He made three more for de Laurentiis. His final theatrical feature was Million Dollar Mystery (1987). Fleischer was chairman of Fleischer Studios, which today handles the licensing of Betty Boop and Koko the Clown. In June 2005, he released his memoirs of his father's career in Out of the Inkwell: Max Fleischer and the Animation Revolution. Fleischer's 1993 autobiography, Just Tell Me When to Cry, described his many difficulties with actors, writers and producers.


2006First Flight: The Fleischer Superman Series as Himself
2005Filmmakers vs. Tycoons as Himself
2003The Making of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea as Himself

Other Roles

1989Call from Space - Director
1987Million Dollar Mystery - Director
1985Red Sonja - Director
1984Conan the Destroyer - Director
1983Amityville 3-D - Director
1983Tough Enough - Director
1980The Jazz Singer - Director
1979Ashanti - Director
1977The Prince and the Pauper - Director
1976The Incredible Sarah - Director
1975Mandingo - Director
1974Mr. Majestyk - Director
1974The Spikes Gang - Director
1974The Spikes Gang - Producer
1973The Don Is Dead - Director
1973Soylent Green - Director
1972The New Centurions - Director
1971See No Evil - Director
1971The Last Run - Director
197110 Rillington Place - Director
1970Tora! Tora! Tora! - Director
1969Che! - Director
1968The Boston Strangler - Director
1967Doctor Dolittle - Director
1966Fantastic Voyage - Director
1961Barabbas - Director
1961The Big Gamble - Director
1960Crack in the Mirror - Director
1959These Thousand Hills - Director
1959Compulsion - Director
1958The Vikings - Director
1956Between Heaven and Hell - Director
1956Bandido! - Director
1955The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing - Director
1955Violent Saturday - Director
195420,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Director
1953Arena - Director
1952The Happy Time - Director
1952The Narrow Margin - Director
1951His Kind of Woman - Director
1950Armored Car Robbery - Director
1949Trapped - Director
1949Make Mine Laughs - Director
1949Follow Me Quietly - Director
1949The Clay Pigeon - Director
1948Bodyguard - Director
1948So This Is New York - Director
1947Banjo - Director
1947Design for Death - Director
1946Child of Divorce - Director
1944Memo for Joe - Director

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