Thursday, December 25, 2014

To Absent Friends - Joseph Sargent

In another one of those news obituaries that maybe only I find fascinating, I note today the death earlier this week of director Joseph Sargent at the age of 89.

Sargent was a one time aspiring actor, appearing in bit parts in shows like "Gunsmoke" and "The Twilight Zone", but at some point he found his niche as director.  He won four Emmy Awards for directing made-for-TV movies, including one called "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" that served as the pilot episode for television's long-running series, "Kojak".

He also directed about a dozen feature films, the most famous being "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" in 1974 which starred Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw.  The movie was about the hijacking of a New York City subway train, and it was and remains a terrific movie.  If you've never seen it, make it a point to do so, and soon.

To whet your appetite, here is the trailer from that movie:

People like Joseph Sargent are not all known to the general public, but they sure serve to make our lives more fun by providing such entertainment to us.

RIP Joseph Sargent.

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