Sidney Lumet
Name: Sidney Lumet
Occupation: Director
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 25, 1924
Death Date: Apr 9, 2011 (age 86)
Age: Aged 86
Birth Place: Philadelphia, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet was born on June 25, 1924 in Philadelphia, United States (86 years old). Sidney Lumet is a Director, zodiac sign: Cancer. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.).


He was a founding member of New York's Actors Studio, and his career began in off-Broadway productions.

Net Worth 2020

$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)
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Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Amy Lumet Daughter N/A N/A N/A
#2 Jenny Lumet Jenny Lumet Daughter $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 53 Actor
#3 Baruch Lumet Father N/A N/A N/A
#4 Rita Gam Former spouse N/A N/A N/A
#5 Gail Lumet Buckley Former spouse N/A N/A N/A
#6 Gloria Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt Former spouse $200 million (2019) N/A 96 Entrepreneur
#7 Jake Cannavale Jake Cannavale Grandson $1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.) N/A 25 Actor
#8 Eugenia Wermus Mother N/A N/A N/A
#9 Feiga Lumet Sister N/A N/A N/A
#10 Mary Gimbel Spouse N/A N/A N/A

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As per our current Database, Sidney Lumet died on Apr 9, 2011 (age 86).


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Before Fame

He studied theater at Columbia University.


Biography Timeline


In 1935, aged 11, he appeared in a Henry Lynn short film Papirossen (meaning "Cigarettes" in Yiddish), co-produced by radio star Herman Yablokoff. The film was shown in a theatrical play with the same title, based on the hit song "Papirosn". The play and short film appeared in the Bronx McKinley Square Theatre. In 1939, he made his only feature-length film appearance, at age 15, in ...One Third of a Nation....


Lumet began his career as a director with Off-Broadway productions and then evolved into a highly respected TV director. After working off-Broadway and in summer stock, he began directing television in 1950, after working as an assistant to friend and then-director Yul Brynner. He soon developed a "lightning quick" method for shooting due to the high turnover required by television. As a result, while working for CBS he directed hundreds of episodes of Danger (1950–55), Mama (1949–57), and You Are There (1953–57), a weekly series which co-starred Walter Cronkite in one of his early leading roles. Lumet chose Cronkite for the role of anchorman "because the premise of the show was so silly, was so outrageous, that we needed somebody with the most American, homespun, warm ease about him," Lumet said.


A controversial TV show he directed in 1960 gained him notoriety: The Sacco-Vanzetti Story on NBC. According to The New York Times, the drama drew flack from the state of Massachusetts (where Sacco and Vanzetti were tried and executed) because it was thought to postulate that the condemned murderers were, in fact, wholly innocent. However, the resulting controversy actually did Lumet more good than harm, sending several prestigious film assignments his way.


He did not win an individual Academy Award, although he did receive an Academy Honorary Award in 2005 and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for 10, winning 4. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture. "Appreciating Sidney Lumet; Obits, Spike Lee Tweets, Photos and Clips" Archived April 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,, April 10, 2011


In interview in 2006, he said that he had always been "fascinated by the human cost involved in following passions and commitments, and the cost those passions and commitments inflict on others." This theme is at the core of most of his movies, notes Rapf, such as his true-life films about of corruption in the New York City Police Department or in family dramas such as Daniel (1983).


Critic Justin Chang adds that Lumet's skill as a director and in developing strong stories, continued up to his last film in 2007, writing of his "nimble touch with performers, his ability to draw out great warmth and zesty humor with one hand and coax them toward ever darker, more anguished extremes of emotion with the other, was on gratifying display in his ironically titled final film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."


Lumet died at the age of 86 on April 9, 2011 in his residence in Manhattan from lymphoma. When asked in a 1997 interview about how he wanted to "go out," Lumet responded, "I don't think about it. I'm not religious. I do know that I don't want to take up any space. Burn me up and scatter my ashes over Katz's Delicatessen."

A few months after Lumet's death in April 2011, TV commentator Lawrence O'Donnell aired a tribute to Lumet, and a retrospective celebration of his work was held at New York's Lincoln Center with the appearance of numerous speakers and film stars. In October 2011, the organization Human Rights First inaugurated its "Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment" for the TV show, The Good Wife, along with giving awards to two Middle East activists who had worked for freedom and democracy. Lumet had worked with Human Rights First on a media project related to the depiction of torture and interrogation on television.

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