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He Directed the Only Movie That Starred Both Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. John Guillermin Dies at 89

Sep 30, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“John Guillermin, the British director of ‘The Towering Inferno’ and the 1976 version of ‘King Kong,’ died earlier this week at his home in Los Angeles. He was a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday,” reports Entertainment Weekly (EW), adding, “Nick Redman, a friend of Guillermin’s, confirmed the news to EW.”

“The Towering Inferno,” released in 1974, was the first movie that starred both Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. According to a New York Post article, the actor Robert Vaughn, who was a friend of McQueen’s, said, “Steve never believed he was a good actor. Paul was a very articulate actor who wanted to talk through scenes, which was something Steve never did. Steve was very hip to the fact that his stardom was based largely on the look he had.”

The article added, “On ‘The Towering Inferno,’ McQueen was obsessed with his rival and co-star Newman, making sure they each had exactly the same number of lines.”

According to IMDb, other movies Guillermin directed include “Death on the Nile,” “The Blue Max” and “Shaft in Africa.”


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