Andrew V. McLaglen , film and television director whose career included John Wayne Westerns, has died aged 95, the Journal of the San Juan Islands has reported.
McLaglen was the son of Oscar winning actor Victor McLaglen, who had won the Best Actor award in John Ford’s The Informer (1935).
Andrew’s taste for the film industry began when he spent two weeks on the set of Gunga Din in 1939, watching his father, Cary Grant, George Stevens and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.
He was the assistant director on John Ford’s The Quiet Man (1952) and landed his first directorial film with Man in the Vault (1956).
He is most noted for directing John Wayne in the comedy western McLintock! (1963), the dramatic Hellfighter (1968) about oil-well firefighters, the story of the French intervention into Mexico in The Undefeated (1969), Chisum (1970) which was loosely based on the event of the Lincoln County War, and Cahill U.S Marshal (1973).
Andrew also directed James Stewart in the civil war drama Shenandoah (1965), and The Rare Breed (1966) which starred Maureen O’Hara. Other films included the war drama The Devil’s Brigade (1968) starring William Holden, the star-studded The Wild Geese (1978) starring Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Roger Moore and Hardy Kruger, and The Sea Wolves (1980) with Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven.
His television career included a reported 96 episodes directing Gunsmoke between 1956- 1965, as well as 116 episodes of Have Gun- Will Travel from 1957-1963
When asked in 2009 for the website ‘Senses of Cinema’ whether he loved directing the Western genre he replied: ”No, that was really by mistake… It was totally by mistake because first I did Man in the Vault. Then I got a Western, Gun the Man Down, because I knew Jim Arness. Then, as I told you, I wound up doing a whole bunch of Gunsmoke episodes. I then became the “Western Director”, the star over at CBS. Then everybody thinks, ‘Jesus, that’s his big specialty’… It was what happened. It’s the way my course was laid for me.”
The ‘V’ in his name stood for Victor. His father’s name.