Photo of Ken Annakin Ken Annakin

A jack-of-all-trades British film director best known for his epic adventures, Ken Annakin was born in Yorkshire, England, on Aug. 10, 1914, and spent time living in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. During World War II, he worked as an assistant camera operator for a company that made training films for the Royal Air Force, and later went on to direct his own war propaganda films.

Annakin's best-known films include the Disney adventure Swiss Family Robinson (1960) and the World War II classic Battle of the Bulge (1965), a star-studded drama featuring Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas.

Annakin also earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the script to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965) and directed Charlton Heston in an adaptation of Jack London's The Call of the Wild (1972). He died on April 22, 2009, at the age of 94.

Ken Annakin in Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

1960 G

After being shipwrecked, the Robinson family is marooned on an island inhabited only by an impressive array of wildlife. In true pioneer spirit, they quickly make themselves at home but soon face a danger even greater than nature: dastardly pirates. A rousing adventure suitable for the whole family, this Disney adaptation of the classic Johann Wyss novel stars Dorothy McGuire and John Mills as Mother and Father Robinson.

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