19 Facts About Anthony Harvey


Anthony Harvey was an English filmmaker who began his career as a teenage actor, was a film editor in the 1950s and moved into directing in the mid-1960s.


The second film that Anthony Harvey directed, The Lion in Winter, earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.


Anthony Harvey died in November 2017 at the age of 87.


Anthony Harvey's father died when he was young and he was raised and took his name from his stepfather, actor and writer Morris Harvey.


Anthony Harvey began his screen career as an actor while a teenager and made his first film appearance playing Ptolemy, the younger brother of Cleopatra in the film version of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, where he recalled that he was "looked after" by star Claude Rains.


Anthony Harvey gained a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but, although he worked for a time in repertory theatre, realised that he was not likely to be successful as an actor and decided to move into film-making.


Anthony Harvey was taken on as an assistant editor by the Boulting Brothers.


Anthony Harvey soon found himself in high demand, and went on to edit a sequence of British films in the 1950s and early 1960s, developing fruitful working relationships with several major directors of the period including Anthony Asquith, Roy and John Boulting, Bryan Forbes, Martin Ritt, and UK-based American director Stanley Kubrick.


Anthony Harvey worked with both Bryan Forbes and Stanley Kubrick, editing Forbes' drama The L-Shaped Room and Kubrick's adaptation of Nabokov's Lolita.


Anthony Harvey's first feature film as a director was a monochrome short subject, the intense one-hour race relations drama Dutchman, which depicts a fateful encounter between a black man and a white woman on the New York subway.


Anthony Harvey gained the respect and consent of the film's other star, Katharine Hepburn, leading to her third Oscar and a lifelong friendship.


The film was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture; Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Anthony Harvey was nominated for a Best Director Oscar and won Best Director at the Golden Globes, as well as several other major awards.


Anthony Harvey turned down the chance to direct both Love Story and Cabaret.


Anthony Harvey reunited with Hepburn for the acclaimed made-for-TV adaptation of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie which featured Sam Waterston and Michael Moriarty.


Anthony Harvey's next film was a Western drama, Eagle's Wing starring Martin Sheen, Anthony Harvey Keitel and Sam Waterston.


Anthony Harvey directed another American tele-movie, Svengali which was based on the 1894 George du Maurier novel Trilby; it starred Peter O'Toole as an ageing singer who discovers and nurtures a new talent with whom he becomes romantically involved but whom he seeks to completely control.


Anthony Harvey though remained in Hepburn's high regard, and was one of the few colleagues she remained in contact with near the end of her life.


In 2014 Anthony Harvey told Walker Vreeland that he decided to stop making films after the producers interfered in the making of This Can't Be Love:.


Anthony Harvey moved to Long Island in the 1990s and he died there on 23 November 2017, aged 87.