Douglas Sirk

1897 - 1987

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Douglas Sirk (born Hans Detlef Sierck; 26 April 1897 – 14 January 1987) was a German film director best known for his work in Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s. However, he also directed comedies, westerns, and war films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Douglas Sirk has received more than 709,907 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Douglas Sirk is the 205th most popular film director (up from 224th in 2019), the 1,207th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,222nd in 2019) and the 13th most popular German Film Director.

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Among film directors, Douglas Sirk ranks 205 out of 2,041Before him are Norman Jewison, John G. Avildsen, Vsevolod Pudovkin, Vincente Minnelli, Mike Newell, and Amos Gitai. After him are Claude Lanzmann, Dariush Mehrjui, Danny Boyle, Lina Wertmüller, Joe D'Amato, and Thea von Harbou.

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Among people born in 1897, Douglas Sirk ranks 56Before him are Vasily Sokolovsky, Ye Jianying, Herbert Gille, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood, and Einar Gerhardsen. After him are Dmitry Pavlov, Zakir Husain, Theodor Busse, Lester B. Pearson, Yeghishe Charents, and Ana Aslan. Among people deceased in 1987, Douglas Sirk ranks 37Before him are Joseph Campbell, Nobusuke Kishi, Jaco Pastorius, Didier Pironi, André Masson, and Einar Gerhardsen. After him are Luis Federico Leloir, Peter Tosh, Erskine Caldwell, Américo Tomás, Peter Medawar, and Mahadevi Varma.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Douglas Sirk ranks 1,207 out of 7,253Before him are Radegund (518), Barbara Blomberg (1527), Margot Honecker (1927), Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739), Reinhard Genzel (1952), and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, Electress of Brandenburg (1597). After him are Theodor Storm (1817), Wilhelm Stuckart (1902), Hartmut Michel (1948), Karl Richard Lepsius (1810), Henry IV, Duke of Saxony (1473), and Princess Christine Louise of Oettingen-Oettingen (1671).


Among film directors born in Germany, Douglas Sirk ranks 13Before him are F. W. Murnau (1888), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Roland Emmerich (1955), Max Ophüls (1902), and Margarethe von Trotta (1942). After him are Thea von Harbou (1888), Robert Siodmak (1900), Mike Nichols (1931), Gustaf Gründgens (1899), Veit Harlan (1899), and Lotte Reiniger (1899).