John Schlesinger Biography

Director (1926–2003)
British film and theater director John Schlesinger’s first American film, Midnight Cowboy (1969), won him an Academy Award.


John Schlesinger was born February 16, 1926 in London, England. He worked as an actor before becoming a documentary director for BBC television. His feature films A Kind of Loving and Billy Liar depicted English urban life. The successful Darling mocked the jet set, and he followed it with Far from the Madding Crowd. His first American film, Midnight Cowboy, won him an Academy Award.

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