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Joseph Sargent

Joseph Sargent
Born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente
(1925-07-22) July 22, 1925
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Joseph Daniel Sargente
Years active 1951–present
Spouse(s) Mary Carver (1952–1968) (divorced) (2 children)
Carolyn Nelson (1970 -present)

Joseph Sargent (born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente, July 22, 1925) is an American film director. He has directed many television movies, but his best known feature film works are probably White Lightning, MacArthur, Nightmares and Jaws: The Revenge, with his most popular film being The Taking of Pelham One Two Three. He has won four Emmy Awards. He is the father of anime dubbing voice actress Lia Sargent.

Life and career

Sargent was born Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente in [1][2] Sargent began his career as an actor, appearing in numerous films and TV programmes. He switched to directing in the mid-1950s, with directing credits including episodes of the television series Lassie, The Invaders, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Star Trek.

In 1953, his big major film appearance was an uncredited role as a soldier in From Here to Eternity, which won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture. That role helped him get on his feet to become a film and TV director.

In 1969, he directed his first feature, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and in 1972 The Man, starring James Earl Jones.

In 1969, he won his first Directors Guild of America Award for The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which spawned the long running TV series Kojak.

He alternated between television movies and feature films during the 1970s. Output during this time included The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, the TV movies Hustling with Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh and Tribes with Jan-Michael Vincent and Darren McGavin, as well as the international award-winning ABC film The Night That Panicked America.

In the 1980s, he directed the mini-series Manions of America, which featured Pierce Brosnan, and Space.

In 1987, he directed Jaws: The Revenge, the third sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic. The film received mostly negative reviews. Roger Ebert particularly called his directing of the climactic sequence "incompetent,"[3] and he was nominated as "Worst Director" in the 1987 Golden Raspberry Awards.[4]

He has concentrated on TV movies since Jaws: The Revenge. Notable credits includes The Karen Carpenter Story, The Long Island Incident, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Sybil.

Sargent has been nominated for several Emmy awards, and has won four. His first nomination came for his direction of the 1970 TV movie Tribes. His second nomination, for 1973's The Marcus-Nelson Murders, earned him his first win. He also won Emmys for 1985's Love Is Never Silent, 1990s Caroline?, and 1992's Miss Rose White. He was also nominated for 1980's Amber Waves, 1999's A Lesson Before Dying, 2004's Something the Lord Made, and 2005's Warm Springs.

He won the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 2005 for Something the Lord Made, and also in 2006 for Warm Springs, starring Kenneth Branagh.

Carolyn Nelson Sargent and Joseph Sargent laid the groundwork for Deaf West Theatre.[5]

He is currently the Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence for the Directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.


Year Film Director Producer Actor Notes
1953 From Here to Eternity
1967 Tobruk
1968 The Hell with Heroes
1969 Colossus: The Forbin Project
1972 The Man
1973 White Lightning
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
1975 The Night That Panicked America
1977 MacArthur
1981 Manions of America
1983 Nightmares
1985 Love Is Never Silent
1987 Jaws: The Revenge
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Picture
Nominated—Razzie Award for Worst Director
1989 The Karen Carpenter Story
1998 Mandela and de Klerk
The Long Island Incident
1999 A Lesson Before Dying
2004 Something the Lord Made
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Film
2005 Warm Springs
2007 Sybil
2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear


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  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Jaws the Revenge". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 18, 2006. 
  4. ^ "1987 Archive". Retrieved December 11, 2006. 
  5. ^ "The Deaf West Theatre". Retrieved January 21, 2010. 

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