Raoul Walsh

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Raoul Walsh was born on 11 th March 1887. He found himself involved in acting having run away from home and dabbled in a variety of jobs. His smaller roles on stage led to parts in movies, and this in turn led to him becoming an assistant director to the famed D W Griffith.

In 1914 Walsh got his first crack at movie making, and he continued to direct from thereon. One of his biggest early achievements was ‘The Thief of Baghdad’. The 1930s saw him directing movies for 20 th Century Fox, and this led to later work with Warner Brothers, where Walsh enjoyed some of his biggest achievements. This included movies such as: ‘High Sierra’, ‘Desperate Journey’, ‘Northern Pursuit’, ‘Pursued’, and ‘White Heat’.

With the introduction of color, Walsh’s movies seem to become a little less effective, although still popular. However, since this directorial genius had lost an eye in the 1920s whilst filming, his eyesight began to fail him and he ended up having to retire in 1964.

Having been a founder member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and worked with big names such as Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, Walsh passed away on 31 st December 1980.


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