André de Toth
Film director
André de Toth
André de Toth was a Hungarian-American filmmaker, born and raised in Makó, Csongrád, Kingdom of Hungary Austro-Hungarian Empire. He directed the 3-D film House of Wax, despite being unable to see in 3-D himself, having lost an eye at an early age. He is known for his gritty B movies in the western and crime genres.
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  • 2002
    Age 88
    On October 27, 2002, de Toth died from an aneurysm.
    More Details Hide Details He was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
  • 1996
    Age 82
    In 1996, he published his memoir, Fragments – Portraits from the Inside (London: Faber and Faber, 1994).
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  • 1951
    Age 37
    In 1951 he received an Oscar nomination for Best Writing (with co-writer William Bowers) for the story filmed as The Gunfighter.
    More Details Hide Details While largely remembered as the director of the earliest and most successful 3-D film, House of Wax, he also was responsible for two of the noir cycle's most unusual examples: Pitfall and Crime Wave. De Toth was married seven times and had 19 children. His wives included:
  • 1942
    Age 28
    De Toth went to England, spent several years as an assistant to fellow Hungarian émigré Alexander Korda, and eventually moved to the Los Angeles in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details Based on his Hungarian films, the production work for Korda and writing he had done on American projects during earlier stints in Los Angeles, de Toth was given an oral contract as a director at Columbia from which he ultimately extricated himself by litigation. As he preferred working as an independent, de Toth had no “A” budgets early in his career and had to supplement his directing income with writing assignments, often uncredited. Introduced to Westerns by John Ford, de Toth worked mostly in that genre throughout the 1950s, often bringing elements of noir style into those films.
  • 1939
    Age 25
    In 1939 he directed five films just before war began in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Several of these pictures received significant release in the Hungarian communities in the United States.
  • 1912
    Age -2
    Born ca. 1912 as Sâsvári Farkasfalvi Tóthfalusi Tóth Endre Antal Mihály, he earned a degree in law from the Royal Hungarian University in the early 1930s.
    More Details Hide Details He garnered acclaim for plays written as a college student, acquiring the mentorship of Ferenc Molnár and becoming part of the theater scene in Budapest. From that involvement he segued to the film industry and worked as a writer, assistant director, editor and sometime actor.
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