Photo of Otto Preminger Otto Preminger

Born Dec. 5, 1906, in Vienna, Austria, Otto Preminger studied under famed German stage producer Max Reinhardt in the 1930s before stepping out on his own in Hollywood to make B-level films.

A subsequent falling out with Darryl F. Zanuck temporarily shelved his directorial career, pushing Preminger to find work as an actor playing Nazis in World War II features. (He would later appear as Mr. Freeze in the "Batman" TV series.) But Preminger reentered the realm of directing with the critical and commercial hit Laura (1944) and that same year fathered a son, Erik, the product of an affair with stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

He went on to embrace controversy with films such as Carmen Jones (1954), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Advise and Consent (1962). He died on April 23, 1986, of cancer and complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Otto Preminger in Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

1959 NR

Nominated for seven Oscars, this legal thriller profiles the attempts of country lawyer Paul Biegler (James Stewart) to exonerate Frederick Manion (Ben Gazzara), who's charged with a local barkeep's murder but claims the victim raped his wife (Lee Remick). Employing a temporary insanity defense, Biegler tries to outmaneuver slick celebrity prosecutor Claude Dancer (George C. Scott) but discovers there's more to the case than meets the eye.

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