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Sam Peckinpah (David Edward Samuel Ernest Peckinpah Jr.)

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Biography

Fresno, California, USA
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That exploding bottle also christened the director with the nickname that would forever define his films and reputation: "Bloody Sam".

David Samuel Peckinpah was born and grew up in Fresno, California, when it was still a sleepy town. Young Sam was a loner. Read more...

Actor

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Character: Man in Palace Bar

Junior Bonner 1972

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Character: Himself

Filmmakers in Action 2005

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Writing