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Mark Rydell
Born March 23, 1928 (1928-03-23) (age 81)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation actor, director, producer
Spouse(s) Joanne Linville (1962-1979)
Esther Rydell (1983-1986)

Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1928, in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer.



Rydell began his career as an actor and first became known for his role as Walt Johnson on The Edge of Night and as Jeff Baker on As the World Turns, which he played from 1956 to 1962. He won plaudits for his role of violent Jewish mob kingpin, Marty Augustine, in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973). His most recent significant film role was in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending.

As a director, Rydell's credits include The Reivers (1969), The Cowboys (1972), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Rose (1979), On Golden Pond (1981, for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Director), The River (1984), For the Boys (1991) and Intersection (1994). In 2006, Rydell directed the movie Even Money which starred Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, and Danny DeVito.

Rydell was also director of the TV bio-pic James Dean (2001) which earned actor James Franco a Golden Globe award. Rydell also acted in the movie, as Jack Warner (head of Warner Bros).

In 2009, Rydell, working with actor Martin Landau and Screenwriter/Playwright Lyle Kessler have teamed up to produce an education seminar, The Total Picture Seminar. It is a unique two-day event covering the disciplines of acting, directing and writing for film. The three have worked together as a team for many decades at The Actors Studio teaching and coaching professional actors, writers, and directors. They are now bringing their industry experience, personal success, as well as a life time of teaching experience to a wider audience.

Personal life

Rydell was married to actress Joanne Linville in 1962. They had two children, Amy and Christopher, both actors. They divorced in 1979. Rydell also has a child from his second marriage.


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