09.08.1918, Cranston, USA - 05.12.1983, Los Angeles, USA
Robert Aldrich (August 9th , 1918, Cranston, USA – December 5th , 1983, Los Angeles, USA), was an American director and producer. In 1941 he started to work in the film company RKO, and soon rose from a clerk position to an assistant director and producer. In the early fifties he directed TV series and made his first feature film The Big Leaguer (1953). He attracted the critics’ attention with the western Apache (1954). Next he made Vera Cruz (1954), Kiss Me deadly (1955), The Big Knife (1955), and Attack! (1956) that ensured him a place among the most respected American directors. He was the founder of the film company Aldrich and Associates, in which he made all his films until 1971. His most famous films are What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and The Grissom Gang (1971).