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George P. Cosmatos
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1941
Provincia di Firenze
Toscana, Italy
Death: Apr. 19, 2005
British Columbia, Canada

Motion Picture Director. He was known for his skilled handling of crowd-pleasing action films. His biggest hit was the western "Tombstone" (1993), a colorful retelling of the O. K. Corral saga, starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. He also scored with two Sylvester Stallone vehicles, "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), and "Cobra" (1986). Among his other credits are "Massacre in Rome" (1973), "The Cassandra Crossing" (1977), "Escape to Athena" (1979), "Of Unknown Origin" (1983), "Leviathan" (1989), and "The Shadow Conspiracy" (1997). Cosmatos was born in Florence, Italy, and raised in Egypt and Cyprus. He loved Hollywood movies as a child but did not consider a film career until 1959, when he met director Otto Preminger while on vacation in Crete. Impressed with Cosmatos' fluency in six languages, Preminger hired him as an assistant director for his epic "Exodus" (1960). He then studied at the London Film School and worked for NBC in Europe before making his feature directorial debut with "Restless" (1971). Although critics often panned his work as violent and empty-headed (one prominent Los Angeles reviewer habitually referred to him as "George P. Comatose"), it found favor at the box office, and he had a reputation among producers as a reliable craftsman who could salvage troubled projects. "Tombstone" was his most famous rescue job; he was a last-minute replacement for the film's original director, who had been fired during its Arizona location shoot. "My pictures appeal around the world", he once said. "I do slick American pictures with a European sensitivity". He was also an avid collector of rare books and antiques, and was active in film preservation. In 2003 Cosmatos lost his sight after surgery to remove a cyst above his eyes, and he was diagnosed with lung cancer late the following year. He died in Victoria, British Columbia, where he had made his home since 1981. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
Specifically: In Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: Apr 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10866106
George P. Cosmatos
Added by: Bobb Edwards
George P. Cosmatos
Added by: Bobb Edwards
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