Dan Curtis

Dan Curtis

Dan Curtis (August 12, 1927 – March 27, 2006) was an American director and producer of television and film, probably best known for his miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, his afternoon TV series Dark Shadows, and the made for TV movie, Trilogy of Terror. Dark Shadows originally aired from 1966 to 1971 and has aired in syndication for nearly 40 years. Curtis was responsible for the 1991 remake of Dark Shadows, which was canceled due to low ratings. He was the executive producer for Dark Shadows for The WB Television Network; however, it was canceled before the pilot episode aired.

His series of macabre films include The Night Stalker (which inspired the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker), Intruders, The Night Strangler, House of Dark Shadows, Night of Dark Shadows, Burnt Offerings, Trilogy of Terror, The Norliss Tapes (a 1973 pilot for an unproduced series starring Roy Thinnes), Curse of the Black Widow, Dead Of Night, Scream of the Wolf and others. He worked frequently with sci-fi/horror writer Richard Matheson. Curtis was producer and/or director of a number of television adaptations of horror-related productions including Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Turn of the Screw, all made between 1968 and 1975.

In 1978, Curtis made a departure from his usual macabre offerings, when he wrote, produced, and directed the sentimental NBC television film When Every Day Was the Fourth of July. Although fictionalized, the film was semi-autobiographical, based on his childhood growing up in Bridgeport, Connecticut in the 1930s. The film was originally intended to be a pilot for a potential series, but when the series was not picked up by the NBC network, Curtis produced and directed the 1980 television movie sequel The Long Days of Summer, this time airing on the ABC network.

His miniseries The Winds of War was nominated for four Emmy Awards.

He also directed the War and Remembrance mini-series which was the continuation of The Winds of War. This mini-series was 30 hours in length and was split into two segments, Chapters I-Vll and Vll, the final chapter. This series received 15 Emmy Award nominations and won for best miniseries, special effects and single-camera production editing. The miniseries was nominated for Emmy Awards for best actor (John Gielgud), actress (Jane Seymour) and supporting actress (Polly Bergen).

Curtis died of a brain tumor in his home on March 27, 2006, two weeks after the death of his wife Norma.

Curtis' rights to Dark Shadows remain with his estate, who have signed a deal with Warner Bros. for a new Dark Shadows movie. The film will star Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and is set for release in 2012.

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  • Dan Curtis at the Internet Movie Database
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Films directed by Dan Curtis 1970s
  • House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Night of Dark Shadows (1971)
  • Dracula (1973)
  • The Night Strangler (1973)
  • Scream of the Wolf (1974)
  • Trilogy of Terror (1975)
  • Burnt Offerings (1976)
  • When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978)
  • The Long Days of Summer (1980)
  • War and Remembrance (1988)
  • Intruders (1992)
  • Me and the Kid (1993)
  • Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
  • The Love Letter (1998)
  • Saving Milly (2005)
  • Our Fathers (2005)
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Dark Shadows Characters
  • Andreas Petofi
  • Angelique Bouchard Collins
  • Barnabas Collins
  • Carolyn Stoddard
  • Daniel Collins
  • David Collins
  • Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
  • Jeremiah Collins
  • Josette du Pres
  • Julia Hoffman
  • Maggie Evans
  • Millicent Collins-Forbes
  • Naomi Collins
  • Nicholas Blair
  • Quentin Collins
  • Victoria Winters
  • Willie Loomis
  • House of Dark Shadows (1970)
  • Night of Dark Shadows (1971)
  • Dark Shadows (2012)
Audio dramas
  • The House of Despair
  • The Book of Temptation
  • The Christmas Presence
  • The Rage Beneath
  • Kingdom of the Dead
Dramatic readings
  • Angelique's Descent, Part 1: Innocence
  • Angelique's Descent, Part 2: Betrayal
  • Clothes of Sand
  • The Ghost Watcher
  • The Path of Fate
  • The Wicked and the Dead
  • Echoes of Insanity
  • Curse of the Pharaoh
  • Final Judgment
  • Blood Dance
  • The Skin Walkers
  • The Night Whispers
  • London's Burning
  • The Doll House
  • The Blind Painter
  • The Death Mask
  • The Creeping Fog
  • The Carrion Queen
  • The Poisoned Soul
  • The Lost Girl
  • The Crimson Pearl
  • 1991 remake
  • 2004 remake pilot
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  • Collinsport, Maine
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Saturn Award for Best Director (1974–1990)
  • Mel Brooks (1974/75)
  • Dan Curtis (1976)
  • George Lucas/Steven Spielberg (1977)
  • Philip Kaufman (1978)
  • Ridley Scott (1979)
  • Irvin Kershner (1980)
  • Steven Spielberg (1981)
  • Nicholas Meyer (1982)
  • John Badham (1983)
  • Joe Dante (1984)
  • Ron Howard (1985)
  • James Cameron (1986)
  • Paul Verhoeven (1987)
  • Robert Zemeckis (1988)
  • James Cameron (1989/90)
  • Complete list
  • (1974–1990)
  • (1991–2010)

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Christmas with the Kranks [DVD] [2004] [2005] Christmas with the Kranks [DVD] [2004] [2005]
by Joe Roth, with Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd, M. Emmet Walsh, Elizabeth Franz, published by Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK.
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Clint Eastwood Collection [DVD] [1968] Clint Eastwood Collection [DVD] [1968]
by Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, John Sturges, with William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Robert Duvall, Marj Dusay, published by Universal Pictures UK.
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The Winds Of War [DVD] [1983] The Winds Of War [DVD] [1983]
by Dan Curtis, with Robert Mitchum, Ali McGraw, published by Revelation Films Ltd.
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The James Stewart Hollywood Legend Collection [DVD] The James Stewart Hollywood Legend Collection [DVD]
by Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Mann, Henry Koster, George Marshall, with Shelley Winters, Stephen McNally, Dan Duryea, Josephine Hull, Victoria Horne, published by Universal Pictures UK.
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Begin Again [DVD] [2014] Begin Again [DVD] [2014]
by John Carney, with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, published by Universal Pictures UK.
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Clint Eastwood - The Blu-ray Collection [Region Free] Clint Eastwood - The Blu-ray Collection [Region Free]
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