Mark Rydell

Mark Rydell
Mark Rydell
Born Mortimer Rydell
March 23, 1935 (1935-03-23) (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Spouse Joanne Linville (1962-1973)(divorced)
Esther Rydell (1983-1986) (divorced)
Children Christopher Rydell and Amy Rydell and Alexander Rydell

Mark Rydell (born March 23, 1935 , in New York City) is an American actor, film director and producer.



Rydell's initial training was in music. As a youth, he wanted to be a conductor. He began his career as an actor and first became known for his role as Walt Johnson on The Edge of Night and as Jeff Baker on As the World Turns, which he played from 1956 to 1962. He won plaudits for his role of violent Jewish mob kingpin Marty Augustine in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973). His most recent significant film role was in Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending (2002).

As a director, Rydell's credits include The Reivers (1969), The Cowboys (1972), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Rose (1979), On Golden Pond (1981, for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Director), The River (1984), For the Boys (1991) and Intersection (1994). In 2006, Rydell directed the movie Even Money which starred Kim Basinger, Forest Whitaker, and Danny DeVito.

Rydell was also director of the TV bio-pic James Dean (2001), which earned actor James Franco a Golden Globe award. Rydell also acted in the movie, playing Jack Warner (head of Warner Bros).

In 2009, Rydell, working with actor Martin Landau and screenwriter/playwright Lyle Kessler, produced an education seminar, The Total Picture Seminar. It is a two-day event covering the disciplines of acting, directing, and writing for film. The three have worked together as a team for many decades at The Actors Studio teaching and coaching professional actors, writers, and directors. In 2010, Rydell joined the Advisory Board of Openfilm, an online video sharing site created to help aspiring independent filmmakers.

Personal life

Rydell was married to actress Joanne Linville in 1962. They had two children, Amy and Christopher, both actors. They divorced in 1973. Rydell also has a child, Alexander, from his second marriage to Esther Rydell.


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