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Robert Parrish

Robert Parrish
Born Robert R. Parrish
(1916-01-04)January 4, 1916
United States
Died December 4, 1995(1995-12-04) (aged 79)
Southampton, Long Island, New York
Occupation Film director, editor and writer
Former child actor
Years active 1927–83
Home town Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Kathleen Norris Parrish
Parents Gordon R. and Laura R. Parrish
Family Helen Parrish (sister)
Awards Academy Award for Film Editing (1947)

Robert R. Parrish (January 4, 1916 – December 4, 1995) was an American film director, editor and writer and former child actor. He received an Academy Award for Film Editing for his contribution to Body and Soul (1947).


  • Life and career 1
    • Filmmaking 1.1
    • Memoirs 1.2
  • Selected filmography 2
    • Director 2.1
    • Editor 2.2
  • Autobiographies 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Born in Helen), entered into acting in the 1920s when the family moved to Los Angeles. Parrish made his debut film appearance in the Our Gang short Olympic Games (1927). He then appeared in the anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Charles Chaplin's City Lights (1931), and several films for director John Ford.


Ford later hired Parrish as assistant editor for Mary of Scotland (1936) and sound editor for Young Mr Lincoln (1939); Parrish's other work for Ford included Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) and The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Both had served in the United States Navy during World War II, and together they also produced a number of documentary and training films, including The Battle of Midway (1942).

In 1947, Parrish shared the Academy Award, with co-nominee Francis Lyon, for his film editing debut in Robert Rossen's boxing drama Body and Soul. Parrish's second Academy Award nomination, shared with Al Clark, was for the Rossen directed political drama All the King’s Men (1949).

Parrish made his directorial debut with the revenge drama Cry Danger (1951). The Purple Plain (1954) was nominated for the Award for Best British Film at the 8th British Academy Film Awards. One of Parrish's best-known works is the James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967), he among its five directors. His final film, co-directed by Bertrand Tavernier, was Mississippi Blues (1983).


Summing up Parrish's career, Allen Grant Richards commented, Parrish may be from his two memoirs, most remembered as a storyteller of Hollywood.[1] Filmmaker Kevin Brownlow wrote of Parrish's first memoir, Growing Up In Hollywood (1976), "His stories about these pictures were marvellous in themselves, and he often came at them sideways, so not only the punchline but the situation took you by surprise. We all entreated him to write them down and in 1976 he did so, producing one of the most enchanting - and hilarious - books about the picture business ever written [...] [Growing Up In Hollywood] ought to be reprinted in this centenary [birth] year."[2] The sequel, Hollywood Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1988), followed.

Selected filmography




  • Growing Up In Hollywood. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. 1976.  
  • Hollywood Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Boston: Little, Brown. 1988.  


  1. ^ Richard, Allen Grant (2000). "Robert Parrish". In Pendergast, Tom; Pendergast, Sara. International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, Edition 4.  
  2. ^  

External links

  • Robert Parrish at the Internet Movie Database
  • van Gelder, Lawrence (December 6, 1995). "Robert Parrish, 79, Film Editor-Director, Dies".  
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