Garson Kanin Biography

Director (1912–1999)
Garson Kanin directed Hollywood films for RKO studios, but is best known for the freelance projects he collaborated with his wife, actress Ruth Gordon.


Garson Kanin was born on November 24, 1912, in Rochester, New York. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and acted on Broadway before signing with RKO studios in 1938 and began directing films, including The Great Man Votes in 1939. In World War II, he produced documentary films for the military. He's known for his freelance collaborations with his wife, Ruth Gordon. He died in 1999.

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