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André De Toth

Director, Writer, Assistant Director
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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Director
Residence:  Makó, Csongrád, Hungary, Austria-Hungary [now Makó, Hungary]
BirthDay: 15 May 1913
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: October 27, 2002(2002-10-27) (aged 89) Burbank, California, U.S.
Children: 4
BIOGRAPHY

Although he obtained a law degree from the Royal Hungarian University, Andre De Toth decided to become an actor, and spent several years on the stage. He then entered the Hungarian film industry, obtaining work as a writer, editor, second unit director and actor before finally becoming a director. He directed a few films just before the outbreak of WW II, when he fled to England. Alexander Korda gave him a job there, and when De Toth emigrated to the US in 1942, Korda got him a job as a second unit director on Jungle Book (1942). De Toth made his debut as a director in American films in 1944. He was known for his tough, hard-edged pictures, whether westerns or urban crime dramas, and showed no compunction about depicting violence in as realistic a manner as possible, an unusual and somewhat controversial attitude for the time. Probably his best known film is House of Wax (1953), a Vincent Price horror film shot in 3-D. As De Toth only had one eye, that put him in the somewhat odd position of shooting a film in a process in which he would never be able to see the result. That didn't seem to matter, though; the film was a critical and financial success, and is generally considered to be the best 3-D film ever made.

TIMELINE
1987

Anthony Slide in his August 1987 "Films in Review" article on de Toth: "On the set de Toth never sits, never uses a director's chair

1944

De Toth made his debut as a director in American films in 1944

1942

Alexander Korda gave him a job there, and when De Toth emigrated to the US in 1942, Korda got him a job as a second unit director on Jungle Book (1942)

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