Died Today (December 8th): Martin Ritt (1914–1990)

martinritt.jpgMartin Ritt (1914–1990)

Born: March 2, 1914 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 8, 1990 (age 76) in Santa Monica, California, USA

I don’t have a lot of respect for talent. Talent is genetic. It’s what you DO with it that counts.

[on Paul Newman] A cool sexuality that is unique in the American cinema — an amused quality and a high promise of sex and danger.

[on Sally Field] Sally is one of the best, perhaps the best, actress I’ve ever worked with. Her rushes on Norma Rae (1979) were so good that I found myself crying over some of the more dramatic scenes. She’s simply astounding.

[on Barbra Streisand] She’s got the balls of a Russian infantryman.

The Long, Hot Summer
1958
dir. Ritt
starring
Newman
Orson Welles
Joanne Woodward
Hud
1963
dir. Ritt
Cast
Newman
Melvyn Douglas

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