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Samuel Grosvenor (Sam) Wood (July 10, 1883, Philadelphia – September 22, 1949) was an American film director. He also undertook some production, writing, and to a lesser extent, acting work.

Wood worked for Cecil B. De Mille as an assistant in 1915. A solo director by 1919, Wood worked throughout the 1920s directing some of Paramount Pictures's biggest stars, among them Gloria Swanson and Wallace Reid. He switched to MGM in 1927, working with Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Marie Dressler, and Jimmy Durante. In the 1940s, Wood directed Ginger Rogers through her Oscar-winning performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).

At one point, he served as president of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals. Wood died from a heart attack, in Hollywood, at the age of 66.

His grave is located in Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 4296 Hollywood Boulevard.

Woods daughter was film and television actress K. T. Stevens who first started her career in one of her fathers films, Peck's Bad Boy (1921), credited as 'Baby Gloria Wood'.


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