Career Biography & Filmography
Norman Jewison. Photo credit: Peter Bregg/HELLO! Magazine
Actor/Writer, BBC (1950-52)
After serving in the Navy at the end of WWII and completing college in Canada, Jewison moved to London in the early 1950s and broke into the entertainment business as an actor/writer with the BBC.
Director/Producer, CBC (1952-58)
An invitation to join a television training program at the CBC brought Jewison back to Canada. While working for CBC, Jewison wrote, directed and produced some of Canada’s most popular musicals, dramas, comedy-variety shows and specials. His CBC credits include Big Revue, The Adventures of Chich, The Ed McCurdy Show, On Stage, Denny Vaughan, Showtime, The Barris Beat and Wayne & Shuster.
Director/Producer, CBS (1958-62)
CBS took note of Jewison’s skills and hired him in 1958 to revitalize the live weekly music show Your Hit Parade, and for the next four years, he solidified his reputation working with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Danny Kaye and Harry Belafonte. His additional CBS credits include The Andy Williams Show, Tonight with Harry Belafonte, The Fabulous Fifties, The Secret World of Eddie Hodges, Danny Kaye Special, Harry Belafonte Special, Judy Garland Special, Pat Boone Show, The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe, and The Judy Garland Show. During this time, Jewison won three Emmy Awards.
The Secret World of Eddie Hodges (1960)
Jewison directed and produced this 1960 TV musical starring Jackie Gleason, Margaret Hamilton and Eddie Hodges.
Transition from TV to Film
Following his work in TV, Jewison relocated from New York City to Hollywood in 1962 to begin a career in film and to helm his first Hollywood feature, 40 Pounds of Trouble.
40 Pounds of Trouble (1962)
40 Pounds of Trouble, a retelling of Damon Runyon's story Little Miss Marker, starring Tony Curtis, Phil Silvers and Suzanne Pleshette, marks Jewison’s directorial debut.
The Thrill of it All (1963)
The Thrill of it All, directed by Jewison, stars legendary actress Doris Day alongside James Garner in a screenplay by Carl Reiner.
Send Me No Flowers (1964)
Jewison worked with Doris Day once again in this 1964 romantic comedy also starring Rock Hudson and Tony Randall.
The Art of Love (1965)
The Art of Love sees Jewison and James Garner work together again in another Carl Reiner screenplay.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
The Cincinnati Kid marks Jewison’s first time working with renowned actor Steve McQueen.
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
In 1966, Jewison directed The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, starring Carl Reiner, which is also his first feature producing credit. This film garnered Jewison’s first Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Jewison helmed this Academy Award-winning Best Picture film, which also earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Directing. The film won a total of five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Film Editing, Best Sound, and Best Adapted Screenplay). In the Heat of the Night also marks Jewison’s first collaboration with director of photography Haskell Wexler.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair, directed and produced by Jewison, saw him reteam with both McQueen and Wexler. This film also featured multiple screen effects, including the use of 66 images in one frame for the polo sequence, reputedly a first for a 35mm feature.
Gaily, Gaily (1969)
Released in the U.K. as Chicago, Chicago, this comedy, directed and produced by Jewison and starring a young Beau Bridges and Margot Kidder, received three Academy Award nominations.
The Landlord (1970)
The Landlord was directed by Hal Ashby and based on the 1966 novel by Kristin Hunter. The film stars Beau Bridges and was produced by Jewison.
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Fiddler on the Roof was Jewison’s first film adaptation of a successful stage musical. Jewison both produced and directed the film, which received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three Academy Awards for Best Original Music, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Following the success of Fiddler on the Roof, Jewison co-wrote, produced and directed the film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice pop opera.
Billy Two Hats (1974)
This 1974 Western film was directed by Ted Kotcheff and produced by Jewison.
In 1975, Jewison helmed and produced the sci-fi thriller Rollerball, scripted by William Harrison from his own short story.
Jewison directed and produced this trade union drama scripted by Sylvester Stallone and Joe Eszterhas.
...And Justice for All (1979)
Jewison teamed with screenwriters Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin for ...And Justice for All, which he directed and produced.
The Dogs of War (1980)
Jewison produced this 1980 war film based on the 1974 novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth.
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981)
Jewison produced the 53rd Annual Academy Awards special for TV.
Best Friends (1982)
Jewison reteamed with Levinson and Curtin for Best Friends, a romantic comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn, which he directed and produced.
A Soldier's Story (1984)
This 1984 film directed and produced by Jewison is based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning Off-Broadway production A Soldier's Play. The film received much popular and critical success and was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Jewison produced this 1984 science fiction film from Universal Studios.
Agnes of God (1985)
Jewison’s next stage-to-film adaptation was Agnes of God. It was his first feature filmed in Canada and also marked his initial collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Jewison directed and produced this film.
Moonstruck is one of Jewison’s most beloved films, which he directed and produced, and was received with wide critical and popular acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Jewison, and won three Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Cher, Best Supporting Actress for Olympia Dukakis and Best Original Screenplay for John Patrick Shanley.
Norman Jewison with Cher
In Country (1989)
In Country, directed and produced by Jewison, received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Star Bruce Willis attended the premiere, which he dedicated to Canadian war veterans who fought in the Vietnam War.
The January Man (1989)
Jewison produced this comedy/thriller, directed by Pat O'Connor from a screenplay by John Patrick Shanley.
Other People's Money (1991)
Other People’s Money, directed and produced by Jewison, marks his third collaboration with director of photography Haskell Wexler.
Jewison served as executive producer of this 1993 TNT television biopic starring Joseph Runningfox.
Only You (1994)
Jewison reteamed with director of photography Sven Nyvist in Only You to provide a lush Italian backdrop for the film, which he directed and produced.
Dance Me Outside (1994)
Jewison served as executive producer on Bruce McDonald's feature Dance Me Outside, set on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario.
Picture Windows (1994/95)
Jewison executive produced Showtime's Picture Windows anthology and directed its Soir Bleu segment.
Two Nudes Bathing (1995)
Jewison was executive producer on this British short film directed by John Boorman, which screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
This fantasy film directed and produced by Jewison stars Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment.
Norman Jewison with Whoopi Goldberg at CFC's 1994 Annual BBQ.
The Rez (1996-98)
Jewison executive produced this Canadian television series, which aired on CBC-TV from 1996 to 1998.
Irving Thalberg Award (1999)
In 1999, Jewison received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award at the Academy Awards.
The Hurricane (1999)
In 1999, Jewison produced and directed Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington as Reuben 'Hurricane' Carter, the 1960s world middleweight boxing champion who was unjustly convicted of the murder of three white men in a New Jersey bar. The film earned Washington an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money (1999)
Jewison helmed and executive produced this feature-length documentary for Showtime, using the hype surrounding the finale of the wildly successful series Seinfeld (NBC) as his launchpad.
Walter & Henry (2000)
In 2000, Norman Jewison executive produced Walter & Henry for Showtime.
Dinner With Friends (2001)
Jewison directed and executive produced the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning stage play Dinner with Friends.
The Statement (2003)
Jewison directed and produced The Statement, which stars Michael Caine and is based on a 1996 novel by Brian Moore.
Michael Caine and Norman Jewison on the set of 'The Statement.' Photo credit: Jerome Prebois, courtesy of Serendipity Point Films