Melville Shyer (Melville Jacob Shyer)

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Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Melville (Buddy) Shyer was one of Hollywood's pioneer filmmakers. A "founding father" of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Shyer had a career in the motion picture industry that spanned over 50 years and included work with such filmmaking icons as Mack Sennett and D.W. Griffith.

The Dixie native with a sweet Southern drawl was born on September 28, 1895, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After graduating from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Shyer journeyed to New York, where he became associated with fellow Tennessean Lem F. Kennedy in the direction of motion pictures. Read more...