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Dan Curtis (born Daniel Mayer Cherkoss; August 12, 1927 – March 27, 2006[1]) was an American director and producer of television and film, known among fans of horror films for his afternoon TV series Dark Shadows and TV films such as Trilogy of Terror.[2][3] Dark Shadows originally aired from 1966 to 1971 and has aired in syndication for nearly 40 years. Curtis was responsible for the 1991 remake of Dark Shadows, which was canceled due to low ratings. For the general audience, Curtis is also known as the director and producer of the two epic 1980s miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, based on two novels by Herman Wouk, which follow the lives of two American families through the whole World War II.[4][5][6][7]

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life 3 References 4 External links

Career[edit] His series of macabre films include House of Dark Shadows, Night of Dark Shadows, The Night Stalker (for many years holding the record ratings of the most-watched TV movie—and inspired the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker), Intruders, The Night Strangler, Burnt Offerings, Trilogy of Terror, The Norliss Tapes
The Norliss Tapes
(a 1973 pilot for an unproduced series starring Roy Thinnes), Curse of the Black Widow, Dead of Night, Scream of the Wolf
Scream of the Wolf
and others. He worked frequently with sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson. Curtis was producer and/or director of a number of television adaptations of horror-related productions including The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968), Dracula (1973), Frankenstein (1973), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973), and The Turn of the Screw (1974). In 1978, Curtis made a departure from his usual macabre offerings, when he wrote, produced, and directed the sentimental NBC
NBC
television film When Every Day Was the Fourth of July. Although fictionalized, the film was semi-autobiographical, based on his childhood growing up in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Bridgeport, Connecticut
in the 1930s. The film was originally intended to be a pilot for a potential series, but when the series was not picked up by the NBC
NBC
network, Curtis produced and directed the 1980 television movie sequel The Long Days of Summer, this time airing on the ABC network. His 1983 miniseries The Winds of War was nominated for four Emmy Awards. He also directed the War and Remembrance mini-series which was the continuation of The Winds of War. This mini-series was 30 hours in length and was split into two segments. Chapters I-VII aired in November 1988. The remaining five parts, Chapters VIII-XII, were billed as "The Final Chapter", and aired in May 1989. This series received 15 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations and won for best miniseries, special effects and single-camera production editing. The miniseries was nominated for Emmy Awards for best actor (John Gielgud), actress (Jane Seymour), supporting actor (Barry Bostwick) and supporting actress (Polly Bergen). The New York Times
The New York Times
profiled him while in post-production on War and Remembrance.[8] Curtis' rights to Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
remain with his estate, which signed a deal with Warner Bros. for a new Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
movie. The film stars Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
as Barnabas Collins
Barnabas Collins
and was released in May 2012. Personal life[edit] Born Daniel Cherkoss in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Curtis attended Syracuse University
Syracuse University
before becoming a syndicated television show salesman.[1] Curtis died of a brain tumor in his home on March 27, 2006, twenty days after the death of his wife Norma. He was survived by two daughters.[1] References[edit]

^ a b c d Carter, Bill (2006-03-29). "Dan Curtis, Producer of 'Winds of War' TV Series, Dies at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-23.  ^ Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Journal Online: Remembering Dan Curtis Linked 2013-08-27 ^ Fangirl Magazine: Memories: Dan Curtis Linked 2013-08-27 ^ The New York Times, March 29, 2006: Dan Curtis, Producer of 'Winds of War' TV Series, Dies at 78 Linked 2013-08-27 ^ USA Today, March 27, 2006: TV producer Dan Curtis dies at 78 Linked 2013-08-27 ^ Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2006: Dan Curtis, Obituary Linked 2013-08-27 ^ The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, March 29, 2006: Director-Producer Dan Curtis Passes Linked 2013-08-27 ^ Harmetz, Aljean (1988-11-06). "TELEVISION; Waging Wouk's 'War and Remembrance'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 

External links[edit]

Dan Curtis on IMDb

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Films directed by Dan Curtis

House of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
(1970) Night of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
(1971) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1973) The Night Strangler (1973) The Norliss Tapes
The Norliss Tapes
(1973) Scream of the Wolf
Scream of the Wolf
(1974) Melvin Purvis: G-Man (1974) The Turn of the Screw (1974) The Great Ice Rip-Off (1974) Trilogy of Terror
Trilogy of Terror
(1975) The Kansas City Massacre
The Kansas City Massacre
(1975) Burnt Offerings (1976) Dead of Night (1977) When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
(1978) The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979) The Long Days of Summer
The Long Days of Summer
(1980) The Winds of War (1983) War and Remembrance (1988-1989) Intruders (1992) Me and the Kid (1993) Trilogy of Terror
Trilogy of Terror
II (1996) The Love Letter (1998) Saving Milly
Saving Milly
(2005) Our Fathers (2005)

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Dark Shadows

Characters

Andreas Petofi Angelique Bouchard Collins Barnabas Collins Daniel Collins Elizabeth Collins Stoddard Jeremiah Collins Josette du Pres Julia Hoffman Quentin Collins Victoria Winters

Films

House of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
(1970) Night of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
(1971) Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
(2012)

Audio dramas

The House of Despair The Book of Temptation The Christmas Presence The Rage Beneath Kingdom of the Dead

Dramatic readings

Angelique's Descent Clothes of Sand The Ghost Watcher The Path of Fate The Wicked and the Dead Echoes of Insanity Curse of the Pharaoh Final Judgement Blood Dance The Skin Walkers The Night Whispers London's Burning The Doll House

Revivals

1991 remake 2004 remake pilot

Personnel

Dan Curtis Art Wallace Francis Swann Ron Sproat Malcolm Marmorstein Sam Hall Gordon Russell Tim Burton

Locations

Collinsport, Maine Collinwood Mansion

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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film

1971-2000

Buzz Kulik for Brian's Song
Brian's Song
(1971) Lamont Johnson for That Certain Summer
That Certain Summer
(1972) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973) John Korty for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) Sam O'Steen
Sam O'Steen
for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
(1975) Marvin J. Chomsky for Inside the Third Reich (1982) Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
for Special Bulletin
Special Bulletin
(1983) Daniel Petrie
Daniel Petrie
for The Dollmaker (1984) John Erman for An Early Frost (1985) Lee Grant
Lee Grant
for Nobody's Child (1986) Jud Taylor for Foxfire (1987) Lamont Johnson for Lincoln (1988) Dan Curtis for War and Remembrance: "Parts VIII-XII: The Final Chapter" (1989) Roger Young for Murder in Mississippi
Murder in Mississippi
(1990) Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stephen Gyllenhaal
for Paris Trout (1991) Ron Lagomarsino for Picket Fences: "Pilot" (1992) Michael Ritchie for The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993) Rod Holcomb for ER: "Pilot" (1994) Mick Jackson for Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas
for The Late Shift (1996) John Herzfeld for Don King: Only in America (1997) Michael Cristofer
Michael Cristofer
for Gia
Gia
(1998) Mick Jackson for Tuesdays with Morrie (1999) Jeff Bleckner for The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000)

2001-present

Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
for Conspiracy (2001) Mick Jackson for Live from Baghdad (2002) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
for Angels in America (2003) Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent
for Something the Lord Made (2004) George C. Wolfe
George C. Wolfe
for Lackawanna Blues (2005) Walter Hill for Broken Trail
Broken Trail
(2006) Yves Simoneau for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Recount (2008) Ross Katz
Ross Katz
for Taking Chance
Taking Chance
(2009) Mick Jackson for Temple Grandin (2010) Jon Cassar
Jon Cassar
for The Kennedys (2011) Jay Roach
Jay Roach
for Game Change (2012) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
for Behind the Candelabra
Behind the Candelabra
(2013) Lisa Cholodenko for Olive Kitteridge (2014) Dee Rees
Dee Rees
for Bessie (2015) Steven Zaillian for The Night Of: "The Beach" (2016) Jean-Marc Vallée
Jean-Marc Vallée
for Big Little Lies (2017)

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Saturn Award for Best Director

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1974/75) Dan Curtis (1976) George Lucas/ Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1977) Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
(1978) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(1979) Irvin Kershner
Irvin Kershner
(1980) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1981) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1982) John Badham (1983) Joe Dante
Joe Dante
(1984) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Paul Verhoeven
Paul Verhoeven
(1987) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1988) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1989/90) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1991) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1994) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(1995) Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich
(1996) John Woo
John Woo
(1997) Michael Bay
Michael Bay
(1998) Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski (1999) Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(2000) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2001) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi
(2004) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2005) Bryan Singer
Bryan Singer
(2006) Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder
(2007) Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
(2011) Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) James Gunn
James Gunn
(2014) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
(2015) Gareth Edwards (2016)

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