Director. McLaglen, whose father was the Oscar-winning British actor Victor McLaglen, was born in London but grew up around Hollywood. He entered the film industry in 1945 as a production assistant and worked his way up to first assistant director. In 1955, he became a director with an exclusive contract with CBS. His television credits include 'Gunsmoke', 'Have Gun Will Travel', 'Perry Mason' and 'Rawhide'. In 1956, he directed his first film, 'Gun the Man Down', starring James Arness, then directed his dad in 'The Abductors' (1957). For the next thirty years he directed thirty feature films, mostly Westerns, working with John Wayne in five films, 'McLintock!' (1963), 'Hellfighters' (1968), 'The Undefeated' (1969), 'Chisum' (1970) and 'Cahill U.S. Marshal' (1973) and paired with James Stewart four times, directing him in 'Shenandoah' (1965), 'The Rare Breed' (1966), 'Bandolero!' (1968) and 'Fools’ Parade' (1971). Among other actors he directed were Richard Burton, Robert Mitchum, William Holden, Gregory Peck, Richard Harris, Maureen O'Hara, Clint Eastwood, David Niven, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Roger Moore and many more. In 1991, he directed his final film, 'Eye of the Widow', with F. Murray Abraham. He retired to the San Juan Islands in Washington State, where he directed plays at a community theater. In the summer of 1999, he was honored by the British Film Institute with a retrospective of his work.
Bio by: Louis du Mort
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