|Birth Day:||September 30, 1895|
|Death Date:||Sep 25, 1980 (age 84)|
As per our current Database, Lewis Milestone died on Sep 25, 1980 (age 84).
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He once worked as a film cutter.
Milestone was born in Chișinău (Kishinev), in the Bessarabia Governorate of the Russian Empire (now Chişinău, Moldova), to a family of Jewish heritage. He sailed from Hamburg and, via Southampton, arrived in the United States on 14 November 1913, just prior to World War I. He held a number of odd jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Signal Corps, where he worked as an assistant director on Army training films during the war. In 1919, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
He returned to the U.S. to make two more films: Ocean's 11 starring the Rat Pack including Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando. The original Ocean's 11 worked, but Mutiny on the Bounty became a box office bomb. With no other work to do, he turned to TV work which he disliked, then left directing as his health began failing. Milestone died from natural causes on September 25, 1980, five days short of his 85th birthday.
Lewis Milestone's final request before he died in 1980 was for Universal Studios to restore All Quiet on the Western Front to its original length. That request would eventually be granted nearly two decades later by Universal and other film preservation companies, and this restored version is what is widely seen today on television and home video. Milestone is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.
Several of Milestone's films—Seven Sinners, The Front Page, The Racket, and Two Arabian Knights—were preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2016 and 2017.
Currently, Lewis Milestone is 125 years, 9 months and 29 days old. Lewis Milestone will celebrate 126th birthday on a Thursday 30th of September 2021.
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