Stanley Kramer

Stanley Kramer


Stanley Kramer
Film: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Director | Producer
Born Sept. 29, 1913 in New York, NY
Died Feb. 19, 2001 of pneumonia in Motion Picture and Television Country House, CA

Among the first of the successful postwar independent producers, the serious, quietly articulate Stanley Kramer made his name with edgy black and white films featuring top-flight actors before they were "names."

Those films include "Champion," an anti-boxing tale about a "thoroughgoing heel," that made stars of Kirk Douglas and Ruth Roman and "The Men," a story of paraplegic war vets that marked Marlon Brando's motion picture debut. Brando also starred in Kramer's 1954 motorcycle gang film, "The Wild One."

Kramer's 35 films, 18 of which he directed, were nominated for 85 Oscars and won 15 statuettes. In 1961, he received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the highest production accolade the film industry bestows.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1952 Best Picture High Noon Nomination
    1954 Best Picture The Caine Mutiny Nomination
    1958 Best Director The Defiant Ones Nomination
    1958 Best Picture The Defiant Ones Nomination
    1961 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Win
    1961 Best Director Judgment at Nuremberg Nomination
    1961 Best Picture Judgment at Nuremberg Nomination
    1965 Best Picture Ship of Fools Nomination
    1967 Best Director Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Nomination
    1967 Best Picture Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Nomination

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