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Samuel Fuller

Biography

Samuel Fuller

A legendary filmmaker (The Naked Kiss, Shock Corridor, The Big Red One) whose work inspired Spielberg, Tarantino, Scorsese and more, Samuel Fuller was also a novelist, a newspaper reporter (at 17 one of the youngest ever to work a New York City crime beat), and a veteran of the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in World War II (immortalized unforgettably in the harrowing opening scene of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan). In the final days of WWII, Fuller was also part of the division that liberated the Falkenau death camp in Czechoslovakia. He returned to the U.S. a war hero and became one of the most idiosyncratic and powerful voices in Hollywood, dramatizing violence and brutality in ways never before seen on American movie screens. Following a dispute with Paramount Pictures over racial content in his film White Dog, Fuller went into self-imposed exile in France, where he wrote BRAINQUAKE. At the end of his life, Fuller briefly returned to Hollywood. He died in 1997 at the age of 85.

Samuel Fuller

Books by Samuel Fuller