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Joseph Sargent, Filmmaker In Residence
Four time Emmy winner, Joseph Sargent, is our first distinguished director-in-residence.
Joseph Sargent began as an actor studying at the legendary Actors' Studio in New York City. He gained experience directing episodes of seminal TV series like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Lassie, The Fugitive, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek. He won his first Emmy directing the pilot episode of Kojak, The Marcus-Nelson Murders. He crossed over into feature films directing the original Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three starring Walter Matthau and Robert Show and MacArthur starring Gregory Peck. He has been nominated for nine Emmys, winning four times for Outstanding Directing. Amongst the Emmy winning performances he has directed, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander in the Auschwitz story, Playing for Time, Amanda Plummer in Miss Rose White, and Alfre Woodard in Miss Ever's Boys.
Working into his 80s, Two of his recent projects won Emmy as Outstanding Made for Television Movie. HBO's Something the Lord Made starred Alan Rickman and Mos Def as pioneering heart surgeons. It also won a Peabody Award, a DGA Award, and an NAACP Image Award in 2004. Kenneth Branagh portrayed President Franklin Roosevelt in Warm Springs, which also won Emmys for Outstanding Art Direction, Music Composition, and Sound Mixing.
His films have won Golden Globes, the Humanitas Prize, ALMA Awards and Writers Guild Awards. Actors he has directed include Sidney Poitier, Michael Caine, James Earl Jones, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Don Cheadle, Sally Field, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek, James Garner, Laurence Fishburne, Edward James Olmos, Christine Lahti, Andy Garcia, Beau Bridges, Kathy Bates, Jose Ferrer, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Kingsley, Cicely Tyson, Marlee Matlin, Jeff Daniels, Jason Robards, Eva Marie Saint, Angela Lansbury, Leonard Nimoy, Gregory Hines, Jessica Lange, John Lithgow, and Neil Patrick Harris.
He was previously Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence at the American Film Institute.