Fred De Cordova

Fred De Cordova
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Fred De Cordova
Fred de Cordova
Fred de Cordova
Birthday/Birthplace Frederick Timmins de Cordova
(1910-10-27)October 27, 1910
New York City, New York
Deceased September 15, 2001(2001-09-15)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
Profession(s) Director, producer

Frederick de Cordova (October 27, 1910 – September 15, 2001) was a US theater, film, and television director and producer, best known for his work on The Tonight Show Starring. Johnny Carson.

Fred_De_Cordova’s Biography


His full name was Frederick Timmins de Cordova, and he was born in New York City, his parents were Margaret Timmins) and George de Cordova, who worked in the world of theater.George de Cordova came from a Sephardic Jewish family of Jamaica, related to Jacob de Cordova. De Cordova received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1931 from Northwestern University.


His first theatrical work was as an actor in “Elmer the Great” (1928). After graduation from the Harvard Law School in 1933, he got a job at the theater company The Shubert Organization, working for the next ten years as a theater director, where he was an actor, director and, finally, director of dialogues, being his last show “Ziegfeld Follies of 1943”.

De Cordova directed the dialogues of five cinematographic productions, including Tener y no tener (1944). The first film directed by him was Too Young To Know (1945) of Warner Brothers. He directed a total of 23 films, being one of the best known Bedtime for Bonzo (1951), starring a chimpanzee and the future President Ronald Reagan. Throughout his career he directed, among other actors, Rock Hudson, Errol Flynn, Tony Curtis, Audie Murphy, Yvonne de Carlo, Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart. Much of it was developed at Universal Studios, where he was known for quickly finishing films, even working with low budgets and difficult actors.His last film was Frankie and Johnny (1966), starring Elvis Presley.

When the need for low-budget films, which were shown in a double-program format, he decided to direct television productions, his experience was perfect for television. In 1950 he began his career in the middle directing The Jack Benny Program, in which Ross Elliott performed several times. Other programs directed by him were The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The Bob Cummings Show, The George Gobel Program, December Bride, Leave It to Beaver, My Three Sons (108 episodes), and The Smothers Brothers Show. In total he directed and / or produced more than 500 series and episodes.

De Cordova started working with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970, using the name Fred de Cordova, initially as producer, and in 1984 as an executive producer. He broadcast the last show on May 22, 1992. For his work on the show he won five Emmy Awards.

In 1995 and 1998, respectively, Cordova acted as himself on The Larry Sanders Show, on the episode of the fourth season “Eight”, and on that of the sixth “As My Career Lay Dying”.

In the film by Martin Scorsese, released in 1983, The King of Comedy, starring Robert De Niro and Jerry Lewis), Cordova played the producer of the show.

Personal life

Frederick de Cordova was married to the former actress Janet Thomas (b.1919, d. 2009) since 1963, staying together for the rest of his life. He had some problems with Emilie, Immaculada Concepción Horta. He died of natural causes in the Motion Picture & amp; Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, September 15, 2001. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City.

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