Not only did he direct that top-grossing musical of all time (for many years the top-grossing film of all time), but he also directed other great films including West Side Story and The Day the Earth Stood Still. He garnered his first Oscar nod in 1942 for editing Citizen Kane. He worked with Orson Welles later that year on The Magnificent Ambersons. His body of work included almost every genre of film; he even directed the first Star Trek movie in 1979.
He has directed many of the silver screen’s brightest lights including Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Burton and James Mason. He represents the very best of what Hollywood can be. And while he will be missed, he leaves behind a great legacy.
Thank you, Robert Wise, for your many cinematic achievements and for assuring us that somewhere there’s a place for each one of us and reminding us to Climb Ev’ry Mountain.
-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com