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Jules Dassin (Julius Dassin) was born on 18 December, 1911 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA, is a Director, Writer, Producer. Discover Jules Dassin's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of Jules Dassin networth?

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Occupation director,writer,producer
Age 97 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born 18 December 1911
Birthday 18 December
Birthplace Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Date of death 31 March, 2008
Died Place Athens, Greece
Nationality USA

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Who Is Jules Dassin's Wife?

His wife is Melina Mercouri (18 May 1966 - 6 March 1994) ( her death), Beatrice Launer (1932 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

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Wife Melina Mercouri (18 May 1966 - 6 March 1994) ( her death), Beatrice Launer (1932 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
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Member of 'Official Competition' jury at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.


Member of 'Official Competition' jury at the 32nd Cannes International Film Festival in 1979.


After 1974, the couple returned to Greece, Melina Mercouri became a member of the Greek Parliament, and Culture Minister of Greece. While living in Athens, Dassin was active in the effort to bring the 2500-year-old Elgin marbles of the Parthenon back to Athens from their current location at the British Museum in London. In this and other humanitarian causes, Dassin followed the last will of his late wife, Melina Mercouri.


In 1968, was nominated for two Tony Awards: as Best Director (Musical) and as author of the book of Best Musical nominee "Ilya, Darling," a musical version of his film Never on Sunday (1960).


" In 1966, Jules Dassin married Mercouri, an ardent anti-fascist who lost her Greek citizenship for opposing the junta, and the couple was living in Manhattan, remaining very active in their efforts to restore democracy in Greece during the dictatorship of the Colonels.


He received two Academy Award-nominations for directing and screen-writing for Topkapi (1964), starring Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, and Peter Ustinov. Dassin also served as member of jury at the Cannes and several other international film festivals. Jules Dassin was married twice. He had three children with his first wife, violinist Beatrice Launer.


Later, Dassin co-starred opposite Melina Mercouri in his film Never on Sunday (1960), which won the Best Film Award at Cannes in 1960. At that time, the anti-Communist witch hunt in America was fading, and Dassin was accepted again.

His son, Joe Dassin, was a popular French singer in the 1960s and '70s, with such hits as "Bip Bip," "L'Eté Indien" and "Aux Champs-Èlysées.


Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi (1955), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964).

However, Dassin's low-budget film, Rififi (1955), famous for its long heist sequence that was free of dialog, won him the Best Director Award at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. There, he met the Greek actress Melina Mercouri.


He left the United States for France in 1953 and struggled during his first years in Paris. He was not fluent in French, and his connections were limited.


Dassin was subpoenaed by HUAC in 1952 and eventually became blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activites Committee.


Zanuck advised Dassin to "shoot the expensive scenes first, to hook the studio" so the film was finished and released in 1951.

Dassin was reported to HUAC in a 1951 testimony by directors Edward Dmytryk and Frank Tuttle. That was enough to sink his career in Hollywood.


He has directed one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Naked City (1948).


Dassin's best directorial works for Hollywood include such criminal dramas as Brute Force (1947) starring Burt Lancaster; The Naked City (1948), one of the first police dramas shot on the streets of New York; and Night and the City (1950) starring Richard Widmark as a hustler in London who is caught up in his own schemes. While he was assigned by producer Darryl F. Zanuck to make the film, Dassin was accused of affiliation with the Communist Party in his past.


In 1941, he made his directorial debut at MGM with adaptation of a story by Edgar Allan Poe.


Dassin came to Hollywood in 1940, and was an apprentice to directors Alfred Hitchcock and Garson Kanin.


At that time, he joined the Communist Party of the United States, but left the party in 1939, he said, disillusioned after the Soviet Union signed a pact with Adolf Hitler.


His son, Joe Dassin (1938-1980), became one of France's most popular singers, with hits such as "Bip Bip", "L'Eté Indien" and "Aux Champs-Èlysées.".


In 1934, he became and actor with the ARTEF Players (Arbeter Teater Farband), and was a member of the troupe until 1939. Dassin played character roles in Yiddish, mainly in the plays by Sholom Aleichem. But upon discovering "that an actor I was not," he switched to directing and writing.


Young Dassin grew up in Harlem, and he attended Morris High School in the Bronx, graduating in 1929. After taking acting classes in Europe, he returned to New York.


He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Samuel Dassin and Berthe Vogel.


Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 190-195. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.