Woodbridge Strong "W. S." Van Dyke II (Woody) (March 21, 1889 – February 5, 1943) was an American film director and writer who made several successful early sound films, including Tarzan the Ape Man in 1932, The Thin Man in 1934, San Francisco in 1936, and six popular musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald.
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- Film director, writer
W.S. Van Dyke, Director: The Thin Man. For the better part of his career, Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke lived up to his sobriquet "One-Take Woody" by steadfastly adhering to his credo of shooting each scene as quickly and efficiently as possible. Over his 25-year career, he economically directed over 90 diverse entertainments, which not only saved the studios vast amounts of money but ...
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Van Dyke's father, a lawyer, died within days of his birth. By the time he was three Woody and his mother were forced to tread the boards of repertory theatre to make a living. When he hit his teens he had a succession of outdoor jobs, including lumberjack, gold prospector, railroad man and even mercenary.
W.S. Van Dyke, byname of Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke II, (born March 21, 1889, San Diego, California, U.S.—died February 5, 1943, Los Angeles, California), American director who was a reliable craftsman known for his quick and efficient style of shooting.
W. S. Van Dyke was an American film director and writer best known for the films ‘The Thin Man’ and ‘San Francisco.’ This biography of W. S. Van Dyke provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.
- Childhood and Early Life
- Rise to Fame
- Awards and Achievements
- Personal Life
American film director W.S. Van Dyke was born on the 21 March 1889 in San Diego, Californiathe same day that his father, a Superior Court judge, died. His mother Laura Winston was a stage actress who, after her husband’s death, returned to acting, taking her son on tour with her.
Van Dyke later moved to Seattleand enrolled at business school doing various part-time jobs to support himself including working as a waiter and salesman.
As a child touring with his mother in vaudeville and traveling companies, Van Dykesometimes appeared alongside his mother as a child actor. In his early teens, he went to live with his grandmother in Seattle. In 1915 Van Dyke moved to Hollywood where he was given a position as director D.W. Griffith’s assistant on the movie Intolerance (1916). He also worked on Oliver Twist as an assistant director. His success in this role meant that he was working as a director by 1917 when he wrote and directed The Land of Long Shadows. He directed Daredevil Jack(1920) which starred the boxer, Jack Dempsey. He went on to make many B grade Westerns and Thrillers including The Avenging Arrow (1921), Trail Rider (1925), The Hawk’s Tail (1919) and Gold Heels (1924).
Van Dyke was signed to MGM in 1926 and continued directing B films. Then in 1928, he directed White Shadows of the South Seas. At this time he was building a reputation as an efficient and at times, demanding director who kept films on budget. His next film wasTrader Horn(1931) shot on location in Africa. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) followed, and this was followed by the hit The Thin Man (1934) which cemented his reputation as a director. He continued directing successful films including San Francisco (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938), a series of musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald; Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) starring Mickey Rooney and Doctor Kildare’s Victory (1942).
Van Dyke received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Thin Man (1934) and San Francisco(1936).
In the early 1900s, Van Dyke married his first wife, Zelda. They divorced in 1935 and the same year he married Ruth Mannix. The couple remained married until Van Dykedied in 1943. Van Dyke and Mannix had three children together. W.S. Van Dykecommitted suicide in February 1943.
Mar 21, 2020 · A few words today in remembrance of pioneering screen director W.S. Van Dyke (Woodbridge Strong "Woody" Van Dyke II, 1889-1943). Born in San Diego, Van Dyke was raised in the theatre acting and performing with his mother in vaudeville and stock companies from childhood, his father (a judge) having died when he was an infant.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for W.S. Van Dyke (21 Mar 1889–5 Feb 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 19787, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
- 21 Mar 1889, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
- Woodbridge Strong
- 5 Feb 1943 (aged 53), Brentwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Dec 24, 2012 · W.S. Van Dyke – the trusted director, star maker, party host, and patriot, with one of Hollywood’s saddest endings December 24, 2012 August 26, 2017 by Alicia Mayer June, 1935: my grandmother, Mitzi in the elegant white hat, with some of Hollywood’s hardest working actors at one W.S. Van Dyke’s legendary Hollywood parties.
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