Martin Ritt

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Birth Name: Martin Ritt
Born: 03/02/1914
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: 12/08/1990

Television was in the flourishing of the so-called Golden Age and Ritt segued to small screen work, acting in over 150 live productions and directing about 100 others. His prolific career was curtailed by the government, however, when he was one of the many artists targeted as communists by Senator Joseph McCarthy. When CBS fired Ritt, he moved to teaching at the Actors Studio, where he numbered Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Rod Steiger and Lee Remick among his students. Resuming his directing career with stage work in the mid-50s, Ritt caught the attention of producer David Susskind who hired him to helm the 1957 feature "Edge of the City", a gritty waterfront drama starring Sidney Poitier ... Continue Bio >>

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