Ken Annakin

Ken Annakin

director, writer, producer

Ken Annakin was born on Aug 10, 1914 in UK. Ken Annakin's big-screen debut came with Holiday Camp directed by Ken Annakin in 1947. Ken Annakin is known for The Longest Day directed by Ken Annakin, Eddie Albert stars as Col. Thompson and Paul Anka as U.S. Army Ranger. Ken Annakin has got 1 awards and 3 nominations so far. The most recent award Ken Annakin achieved is Razzie Awards. The upcoming new movie Ken Annakin plays is The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking which will be released on Jul 29, 1988.

A former salesman and journalist, Ken Annakin got into the film industry making documentary shorts. His feature debut, Holiday Camp (1947), was a comedy about a Cockney family on vacation. It was made for the Rank Organization and was a modest success, spawning three sequels, all of which he directed. He worked steadily thereafter, mainly in light comedies. One of his more atypical films was the dark thriller Frontière dangereuse (1957), based on a Graham Greene story about a wealthy businessman who embezzles a million dollars from his company, kills a man who resembles him and steals his identity so he can escape to Mexico. It boasted an acclaimed performance by Rod Steiger as the villain and a distinct "noir" feel to it, unlike anything Annakin had done before (or, for that matter, since).In the 1960s he was one of several British directors--e.g., Guy Green, John Guillermin--who specialized in turning out all-star, splashy, big-budget European/American co-productions, shot on the Continent. He was one of the directors of the epic World War II spectacle Le jour le plus long (1962) and went solo on La Bataille des Ardennes (1965), both of which were financial--if not exactly critical--successes. He also directed Ces merveilleux fous volants dans leurs drôles de machines (1965), which was less successful. His final film was Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime (2010), a film that was started in 1992 under Annakin's direction but never completed. In 2009 it was restarted again and Annakin was hired to assemble the existing footage for release, but died before completing the job. Italian director Antonio Margheriti finished up and the film was released in 2010.

  • Birthday

    Aug 10, 1914
  • Place of Birth

    Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK

Known For


1 wins & 3 nominations

Razzie Awards
Worst Director
Winner - Razzie Award

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