Sam Peckinpah

1925 - 1984

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David Samuel Peckinpah (; February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director and screenwriter who achieved prominence following the release of the Western epic The Wild Bunch (1969). He was known for the visually innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre. Peckinpah's films generally deal with the conflict between values and ideals, as well as the corruption and violence in human society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sam Peckinpah has received more than 1,605,335 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Sam Peckinpah is the 109th most popular film director (down from 106th in 2019), the 727th most popular biography from United States (down from 715th in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Film Director.

Sam Peckinpah is most famous for the westerns he directed in the 1960s and 1970s. His films are known for their graphic violence and their critical examination of the myth of the American West.

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Among film directors, Sam Peckinpah ranks 109 out of 1,580Before him are Kenji Mizoguchi, Robert Altman, Claude Lelouch, Christopher Nolan, Vincente Minnelli, and John Carpenter. After him are Tony Scott, Jules Dassin, Wes Craven, Jerzy Grotowski, Erich von Stroheim, and Mel Brooks.

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Among people born in 1925, Sam Peckinpah ranks 43Before him are Rod Steiger, Paul Mauriat, Peter Brook, Robert Altman, Robert Venturi, and Oona O'Neill. After him are Luciano Berio, George Kennedy, Bert Hellinger, Andrea Camilleri, Jacques Delors, and Celia Cruz. Among people deceased in 1984, Sam Peckinpah ranks 21Before him are Julio Cortázar, Anna Anderson, Oleg Antonov, Alfred Kastler, Mohamed Naguib, and Karl Wolff. After him are Pyotr Kapitsa, Stanley Milgram, Viktor Shklovsky, Philippe Ariès, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, and Martin Ryle.

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Among people born in United States, Sam Peckinpah ranks 727 out of 15,968Before him are John Howard Northrop (1891), Ben Roy Mottelson (1926), Edward Norton Lorenz (1917), Don Shirley (1927), Douglass North (1920), and Ginger Rogers (1911). After him are Jeff Goldblum (1952), Irving Fisher (1867), Carole Lombard (1908), Danny Glover (1946), Jules Dassin (1911), and Ursula K. Le Guin (1929).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Sam Peckinpah ranks 30Before him are John Huston (1906), Victor Fleming (1889), Sidney Lumet (1924), Robert Altman (1925), Vincente Minnelli (1903), and John Carpenter (1948). After him are Jules Dassin (1911), Wes Craven (1939), Mel Brooks (1926), Ed Wood (1924), George Cukor (1899), and William Friedkin (1935).