Robert Rossen

Robert Rossen
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Robert Rossen
Film: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Director | Producer | Screenwriter
Born Robert Rosen on March 16, 1908 in New York, NY
Died Feb. 18, 1966 in New York, NY

Writer-director Robert Rossen made only a handful of films during his career.

The award-winning director, who began his career as a playwright and stage director before moving from Broadway to Hollywood in 1939, was frequently praised for the hard-hitting realism of his motion pictures.

He cast a then-unknown Broderick Crawford in the pivotal role of Willie Stark, a character based on the late Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, for 1949's "All the King's Men." Rossen produced, directed and wrote the script for the film, which won three Academy Awards, including best picture.

Rossen had been inactive professionally since 1964, when he completed "Lilith."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1949 Best Director All the King's Men Nomination
    1949 Best Screenplay All the King's Men Nomination
    1949 Best Picture All the King's Men Win
    1961 Best Director The Hustler Nomination
    1961 Best Picture The Hustler Nomination
    1961 Best Adapted Screenplay The Hustler Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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