Thursday, April 23, 2009

RIP Ken Annakin

Film director Ken Annakin has died at the age of 94.

The British-born filmmaker is best known for directing the 1965 World War II epic "The Battle of the Bulge" with Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw and Telly Savalas.

Annakin's daughter, Deborah Peters, says he died at his Beverly Hills home Wednesday night April 22. Peters says her father had been in good health until February, when he had a heart attack and stroke within a day of each other.

Annakin's other films include "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay. He also directed "The Hellions a 1961 South African adventure film, "Call of the Wild," a 1972 adaptation of Jack London's adventure, and the 1960 Disney film "Swiss Family Robinson."


  1. BATTLE OF THE BULGE was names as the non-SW film with the most SW stars in it! I showed it to my daughter a couple of months ago and she loved it. Has since shown it to friends of hers.

  2. The Lasting Tribute website has updated its memorial pages to include Ken Annakin.

    It's a respectful memorial to Ken and somewhere to pay tribute to his family's fortitude at this difficult time.

    EVERY comment is monitored so that nothing offensive or inappropriate is published.

  3. Great site Patrick, thanks for that link!