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Vincent Sherman

Director, Performer
( b. Jul 16, 1906 Vienna, Georgia, USA - d. Jun 18, 2006 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Also known as: Abraham Orovitz [Birthname]

Vincent Sherman was one of the last surviving studio-era contract directors in Hollywood. Born Abraham Orovitz, he graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in 1925 and planned to become a lawyer. But in 1927, while working as a newspaper police reporter in Atlanta and studying law at night, he and a former classmate wrote a play and decided to move to New York City to do theater. When they failed to sell their play, Sherman began looking for work as an actor.

Renamed Vincent Sherman by a receptionist at a talent agency, he began landing small roles in Theater Guild productions. During the summers, he worked as a social director at a camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where he acted in and directed dramatic and musical shows.

In 1932, Sherman was hired for a role as a young communist in the Chicago company of Elmer Rice's play Counsellor-at-Law. A year later, he was brought out to Hollywood to re-create the role in director William Wyler's film version, starring John Barrymore. Sherman stayed in Hollywood six months, playing small gangster parts in a few films before returning to New York, where he appeared in and directed numerous plays, including playing a role in Clifford Odets' Waiting For Lefty. He also continued to write his own plays.

In 1937, a part in the road company of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End brought Sherman back to Los Angeles, where he met Bryan Foy, head of the B-picture unit at Warner Bros., who hired him to write films. Sherman began his directing career at Warner Bros. in 1939 with the low-budget "The Return of Dr. X," with Humphrey Bogart.

His film credits include: "All Through the Night" (1942), starring Bogart; "The Hard Way" (1942) starring Ida Lupino and Jack Carson; "Mr. Skeffington" (1944), starring Davis and Claude Rains; "The New Adventures of Don Juan" (1948), starring Errol Flynn; "Goodbye, My Fancy" (1951), starring Joan Crawford; "Lone Star" with Clark Gable and Ava Gardner (1952), and "An Affair in Trinidad" (1952) with Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford.

During the McCarthy era in the 1950s, Sherman was "gray listed" in Hollywood for a number of years, but eventually returned to Warner Bros. to direct several more pictures including "The Young Philadelphians" (1959) with Paul Newman, "Ice Palace" (1960) with Richard Burton. In the 1960s, after the demise of the studio system, he turned to directing for television.After turning to television directing, he worked on numerous series such as "Medical Center," "Baretta," "The Waltons" and "Trapper John M.D."

Source: LA Times obit

ProductionsDate of Productions
It Can't Happen Here
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Staged by Vincent Sherman
Oct 26, 1936 - Jan 1937
Battle Hymn
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Staged by Vincent Sherman
May 22, 1936 - Jul 25, 1936
Bitter Stream
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Scarpone]
Mar 30, 1936 - May 1936
Paradise Lost
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Rogo]
Dec 09, 1935 - Feb 1936
Black Pit
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Barolla]
Mar 20, 1935 - Jun 1935
Judgment Day
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Conrad Noli]
Sep 12, 1934 - Dec 1934
The Good Earth
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Stranger, A Young Speaker]
Oct 17, 1932 - Dec 03, 1932
Elizabeth the Queen
[Play, Drama, History, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [A Herald]
Nov 03, 1930 - Mar 1931
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Singer, Court Attendant]
Mar 10, 1930 - Mar 1930
Marco Millions
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [A Buddhist Priest, Christian Traveller]
Mar 03, 1930 - Mar 1930
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Court Attendant]
Apr 09, 1928 - May 1928
Marco Millions
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Vincent Sherman [Chorus]
Jan 09, 1928 - Mar 1928
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