Joseph Losey

  1. Burgess Meredith, King Lear, 1986.    Marlon Brando passed (he’d made enough rotten movies) and the modern-day Lear – a New York Mafia chief Don Learo – was then offered by Jean-Luc Godard and the Cannon Group’s Go Go twins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, to director Losey, Dustin Hoffman,  Lee Marvin and, naturally, Orson Welles.   Before it fell to Rod Steiger, swiftly replaced by grizzly Meredith.    Godard had forgottenthe perfect American choice: Robert Mitchum.


 Birth year:  Death year:  Other name:  Usual occupation: Film director Casting Calls:  1