Andrew V. McLaglen

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Andrew V. McLaglen
Born Andrew Victor McLaglen
(1920-07-28)July 28, 1920
London, England, United Kingdom
Died August 30, 2014(2014-08-30) (aged 94)
Friday Harbor, Washington, United States
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Margarita Harrison (1943-?) (1 child)
Veda Ann Borg (1946-1958) (divorced) (1 child)
Sally Pierce (1958-1977) (2 children)
Sheila Greenan (1987-2005) (her death)
Children Sharon McLaglen Lannan (b. 1944)
Andrew Victor McLaglen II (1954-2006)
Josh McLaglen
Mary McLaglen

Andrew Victor McLaglen (28 July 1920 – 30 August 2014) was a film and television director, known for westerns and adventure films, often starring John Wayne or James Stewart.[1] He was born in London, but lived and worked in the United States for most of his life.


Andrew McLaglen was born in London, the son of British actor Victor McLaglen and Enid Lamont, who moved to Hollywood in the early 1920s, shortly after his birth. He was from a film family that included eight uncles and an aunt, and he grew up on movie sets with his parents as well as John Wayne and John Ford. After working as an assistant director on a few smaller films, Ford gave him an assistant director job on the 1952 film The Quiet Man.

After a few more assistant director jobs, McLaglen directed his first film, Man in the Vault (1956), which was followed by Gun the Man Down (1956), a western B-movie with James Arness, Angie Dickinson and Harry Carey, Jr.. Both were produced by John Wayne's Batjac Productions.

He went on to work extensively in television directing, prolifically directing episodes of Perry Mason (7), Gunslinger (5), Rawhide (6), and then 116 episodes of Have Gun – Will Travel, The Lieutenant (4), The Virginian (2), and 96 episodes of Gunsmoke.

He returned to films, directing Shenandoah (1965) and The Rare Breed (1966), both with James Stewart; The Devil's Brigade (1968), Mitchell (1975), The Wild Geese (1978), starring Richard Burton, North Sea Hijack (1979), and The Sea Wolves (1980). He did mostly westerns, but later specialized in war or action films, his last being Return from the River Kwai (1989). He also worked many times with John Wayne in such films as McLintock! (1963), Hellfighters (1968), The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970), and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973).[2] He also directed The Last Hard Men (1976) which starred Charlton Heston and James Coburn. McLaglen helmed Murder at the World Series, a 1977 TV movie that reteamed him with Chisum actress Lynda Day George.[citation needed]

McLaglen directed films in an assortment of categories, including crime, war, historical and comedy, but he was most frequently a director of Westerns, and would be among the last of the American film directors to specialize in the Western genre.

He later moved to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington State, directing plays for San Juan Island Community Theater.

Personal life

McLaglen and his first wife, Margarita Harrison, had one child: Sharon McLaglen Lannan (born 1944).

McLaglen and his second wife, actress Veda Ann Borg, had one child: Andrew Victor McLaglen II (August 3, 1954–January 16, 2006).

McLaglen and his third wife, Sally Pierce, had two children: Josh McLaglen, an Assistant Director, and Mary McLaglen, a Production Manager and Producer.

McLaglan died August 30, 2014, age 94.[3]

Films directed

Television directed

Miscellaneous contributions

Further reading

  • Armstrong, Stephen B. Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career. McFarland & Co. 2011. ISBN 0-7864-4977-2.


  1. Joyner, C. Courtney (2009-10-14). The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers. McFarland. ISBN 9780786443031. Retrieved 25 June 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Canby, Vincent (July 12, 1973). "Cahill United States Marshal (1973) Film: 'Cahill, United States Marshal' Stars Wayne". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Acclaimed film director, Andrew McLaglen, dead at 94". September 2, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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