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Richard Thorpe

1896 - 1991

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Richard Thorpe (born Rollo Smolt Thorpe; February 24, 1896 – May 1, 1991) was an American film director best known for his long career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.His obituary called him "a capable and versatile director willing to take on any assignment the studio handed him." He said "I just take them on as they come."Thorpe also said "I'm happy to do any kind of picture. If there's a good script I think any director can make a good picture. Actually if it says in the script what you do, I don't see why anybody can't make it."One associate said "“He was a company man, a very pleasant, good-looking, nice, well-behaved guy who took pride in being efficient like some businessman would take pride in the way he ran his bank.”His two favorite films were Night Must Fall (1937) and Two Girls and a Sailor (1944). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Thorpe has received more than 172,985 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Richard Thorpe is the 420th most popular film director (down from 374th in 2019), the 2,752nd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,433rd in 2019) and the 117th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Richard Thorpe ranks 420 out of 1,581Before him are Claire Denis, Albert Lamorisse, Delmer Daves, Douglas Trumbull, Larisa Shepitko, and Héctor Babenco. After him are Hiroshi Inagaki, Wolfgang Reitherman, Georges Lautner, Alberto Lattuada, Mike Leigh, and Kira Muratova.

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Among people born in 1896, Richard Thorpe ranks 99Before him are Mir Jafar Baghirov, Ivan Yefimovich Petrov, D. R. Bendre, Besse Cooper, Rudolf Schmundt, and Ira Gershwin. After him are Fayzulla Khodzhayev, Pierre Jeanneret, Zygmunt Berling, Josef Sudek, Ludwik Fleck, and Erich Hückel. Among people deceased in 1991, Richard Thorpe ranks 82Before him are Edwin H. Land, Héctor Rial, Ernst Krenek, Carmine Coppola, Cassandra Harris, and Yevgeny Dragunov. After him are Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid, Étienne Decroux, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, Jean Bruller, Alex North, and Vasko Popa.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Richard Thorpe ranks 2,752 out of 18,182Before him are Freddie King (1934), Edgar Snow (1905), Tracy Morgan (1968), Ronald Lauder (1944), Jill St. John (1940), and Fritz Leiber (1910). After him are Leonard Susskind (1940), George W. De Long (1844), Mike Pompeo (1963), William Labov (1927), Henry Wilson (1812), and Billy Milligan (1955).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Richard Thorpe ranks 117Before him are Sam Wood (1883), Joe Dante (1946), Donald P. Bellisario (1935), J. J. Abrams (1966), Delmer Daves (1904), and Douglas Trumbull (1942). After him are Curtis Hanson (1945), Robert Rossen (1908), Delbert Mann (1920), Aaron Russo (1943), Clarence Brown (1890), and John Lasseter (1957).