Dassin, Jules

Dassin, (Julius) Jules

(1911–  ) movie director; born in Middletown, Conn. (husband of Melina Mercouri). Beginning as a short subject director, he then made slice-of-life features such as The Naked City (1948). Forced into exile by the McCarthy witch hunt of the early 1950s, he directed such films as Rififi (1955) and Never on Sunday (1960).
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.