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Famous Assistant Directors

Updated October 13, 2018 6.8k views29 items

List of famous assistant directors, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Hard working assistant directors are an integral part of every film set. An often under appreciated job, any film would not be able to hit the big screen without the help of a good assistant director. This list includes examples of famous or notable assistant directors from some of the best films ever to hit the silver screen. Whereas most people ask the question, "What is a assistant director?" this list informs the reader as to who some of the best assistant directors are, as well as information like their year of birth and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous assistant directors?" and "Who are the best assistant directors?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

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    Alan Freir

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    Ali Hazara

    Ali Hazara is an actor....
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    Bartosz Nowacki

    Bartosz Nowacki is a film crew member in the 2013 film Walesa: Man of Hope....
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    Catherine Kirouac

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    Christian Moritz

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    Francesco Rosi (Italian pronunciation: [franˈtʃesko ˈrɔːzi]; 15 November 1922 – 10 January 2015) was an Italian film director. His film The Mattei Affair won the Palme d'Or at the 1972 Cannes Film...  more
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    Gian Franco Corsi "Franco" Zeffirelli (Italian: [fraŋko ddzeffiˈrɛlli]; 12 February 1923 – 15 June 2019) was an Italian director and producer of operas, films and television. He was also a senator...  more
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    Frank Heath

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    Fred Frank

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    Mervyn Ian Guy Hamilton, DSC (16 September 1922 – 20 April 2016) was an English film director. He directed 22 films from the 1950s to the 1980s, including four James Bond films....  more
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    Harrison Starr

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    Holger Harrivirta

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    Huang Yuan-Shen

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    Hung Ting-Miu

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    James Lane

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    James Phares

    James Phares is a film crewmember....
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    Joseph C. Youngerman

    Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)
    Joseph C. Youngerman is a film assistant director....
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    K. Balachary

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    Kihachi Okamoto

    Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)
    Kihachi Okamoto (岡本 喜八, Okamoto Kihachi, February 17, 1924 – February 19, 2005) was a Japanese film director who worked in several different genres....  more
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    Leonard Shapiro

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    Masami Kuzuu

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    Melville De Lay

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    William Paul Clark

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    Melville Shyer

    Dec. at 72 (1895-1968)
    Melville Jacob Shyer (September 28, 1895 – September 14, 1968) was an American film director, screenwriter and producer and one of the founders of the Directors Guild of America. His career spanned...  more
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    Richard Caffey

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