On This Day

Directors in History (Part 4)

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 846

  • 1924-08-23 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2005)
  • 1924-09-18 Zelda Fichandler, American theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1924-10-10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1978)

Person of interestRobert Altman

1925-02-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1925-02-21 Sam Peckinpah, American film director (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), born in Fresno, California (d. 1984)
  • 1925-03-21 Peter Brook, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • 1925-03-24 Duncan Wood, TV director and producer
  • 1925-04-29 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), born in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands (d. 2000)
  • 1925-05-24 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), born in Västerås, Västmanland (d. 1994)
  • 1925-07-09 Guru Dutt [Vasanth Padukone], Indian Bollywood actor, regarded as one of the greatest film directors of all time (Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore (d. 1964)
  • 1925-07-25 Jerry Paris, American director (Happy Days) and actor (Dick Van Dyke Show-Jerry), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1986)
  • 1925-08-21 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), born in Cunlhat, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 2003)
  • 1925-10-23 Nanni Loy, film director
  • 1925-11-11 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1925-12-01 Jordan Klein, American cameraman/director (Thunderball), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1926-03-06 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), born in Suwalki (d. 2016)
  • 1926-03-21 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (Benvenuta), born in Heverie, Belgium (d. 2002)
  • 1926-04-05 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1926-06-26 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, born in Nowa Wilejka, Wilenskie (d. 2015)

Person of interestMel Brooks

1926-06-28 Mel Brooks [Melvin Kaminsky], American actor, comedian and director (Get Smart, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs), born in NYC, New York

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • 1926-07-22 Bryan Forbes, director and producer (Endless Games, King Rat), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-08-12 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1926-09-15 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (d. 2006)
  • 1927-01-10 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1927-01-10 Basu Chatterjee, Indian film director (Rajanigandha, Chhoti Si Baat), born in Ajmer, Merwara, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1927-03-07 James Broderick, American actor and director (Dog Day Afternoon, Family), born in Charlestown, New Hampshire (d. 1982)
  • 1927-05-08 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1927-05-13 Herbert Ross, director/choreographer (Footloose)
  • 1927-05-22 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • 1927-06-10 Michael Walsh, major-general/director (Overseas Relations)
  • 1927-06-23 Bob Fosse, choreographer/director (Cabaret, Damn Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927-07-02 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1927-07-03 Ken Russell, British film director (Tommy, Altered States, Gothic), born in Southampton, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1927-08-17 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1984)

Person of interestGeorge C. Scott

1927-10-18 George C. Scott, American actor and director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove), born in Wise, Virginia (d. 1999)

  • 1927-10-19 Pierre Alechinsky, Belgian painter/director (Cobra)
  • 1927-11-18 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (A Cruel Romance), born in Kuybyshev, USSR (d. 2015)
  • 1927-12-21 Michael Carreras, British film producer & director, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1928-01-29 Peter Byrne, British director and actor (Postcards from America, Carry on Cabby), born in West Ham, Essex
  • 1928-01-30 Harold Prince, American producer & director (West Side Story, Evita), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1928-03-01 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director, born in Rouen, Haute-Normandie (d. 2016)
  • 1928-03-19 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), born in Queens, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1928-05-13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • 1928-06-07 James Ivory, American producer, director and screenwriter (Howard's End; Remains of the Day), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1928-06-22 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), born in White Plains, New York (d. 2014)
  • 1928-07-02 Pavel Kohout, Czech director and author (Poor Murderer)
  • 1928-08-14 Lina Wertmüller [Arcangela Braueich], Italian screenwriter, film director, and 1st woman nominated for an Academy Award for Directing (Seven Beauties), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1928-08-15 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1928-10-22 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês, Vidas Secas), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2018)
  • 1928-11-27 Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek actor and director (Oi Kyries tis avlis), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2005)
  • 1929-01-14 Aleksander Petrovic, French-born Serbian & Yugloslav film director, born in Paris, France (d. 1994)
  • 1929-01-19 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2012)
  • 1929-02-04 Jerry Adler, American actor, director and producer (The Sopranos, The Good Wife), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1929-02-19 Jacques Deray, French film director (d. 2003)
  • 1929-03-23 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1929-03-29 Utpal Dutt, Indian actor and director (Manusher Adhikar), born in Barisal, Bengal Presidency, India (d. 1993)
  • 1929-04-08 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A--), born in Schaerbeek, Brussels (d. 1978)
  • 1929-07-05 Katherine Helmond, American actress and director (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1929-07-20 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, producer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), born in Sialkot, Punjab, British India (d. 1999)
  • 1929-07-24 Peter Yates, English film director (Breaking Away, Bullitt), born in Aldershot, Hampshire, England (d. 2011)
  • 1929-09-02 Hal Ashby, American film director (d. 1988)
  • 1929-12-01 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer
  • 1929-12-06 Alain Tanner, Swiss film director, (Charles, Dead or Alive), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1929-12-09 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1930-02-08 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1987)
  • 1930-03-01 Raymond St Jacques, American actor, director and producer, who was the 1st African-American to hold a regular role in a western series (Simon Blake in "Rawhide"), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1990)
  • 1930-04-10 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 2001)
  • 1930-04-28 Richard C. Sarafian, American director and actor (Foley Square), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1930-05-07 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)

Person of interestRobert Evans

1930-06-29 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • 1930-07-01 Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American film producer and director (Lion of the Dessert), born in Aleppo, French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon (d. 2005)
  • 1930-08-03 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1930-08-16 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), born in Oakland, California (d. 2010)
  • 1930-08-21 Frank Perry, American film director (Diary of Mad Housewife, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1930-10-23 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), born in Paris, France (d. 2000)
  • 1930-11-23 Ricou Browning, American director, actor, stuntman and producer (Creature from the Black Lagoon), born in Fort Pierce, Florida

Person of interestMaximilian Schell

1930-12-08 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor and director (Odessa File, Julia), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2014)

  • 1930-12-11 Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor and director (Man & a Woman, Z), born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
  • 1931-03-13 Wolfgang Kohlhaase, German actor, director and writer (Solo Sunday), born in Berlin, Germany

Person of interestWilliam Shatner

1931-03-22 William Shatner, Canadian author, director and actor (Star Trek, T J Hooker), born in Montreal, Quebec

  • 1931-04-06 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1931-04-29 William Ball, American actor, director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1931-05-16 Denise Filiatrault, French-Canadian actress and director (The Plouffe Family), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1931-07-24 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), born in Bergamo, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1931-08-10 Tom Laughlin, American actor and director (Billy Jack), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2013)
  • 1931-09-05 Moshe Mizrahi, Israeli film director (Madame Rosa), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 2018)
  • 1931-09-19 Raymond "Ray" Danton, American actor and director (Longest Day, Psychic Killer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1931-09-20 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand (d. 2006)
  • 1931-10-21 Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor and director known as the "Elvis Presley of India" (Amaran, Brahmachari, Vidhaata), born in Bombay, British India (d. 2011)
  • 1931-11-06 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2014)
  • 1931-11-29 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), born in Fukagawa, Tokyo (d. 1997)
  • 1931-12-15 Evald Schorm, Czech film director (Courage for Every Day), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 1988)
  • 1931-12-18 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), born in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932-01-11 Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
  • 1932-01-19 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • 1932-02-14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • 1932-04-13 Barney Simon, South African theatre director and writer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1932-04-29 King Hu, Chinese film director and actor (wuxia films), born in Beijing, Republic of China (d. 1997)
  • 1932-07-18 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1932-08-21 Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director (Sophisticated Gent), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV


Divorces in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV

Deaths 301 - 400 of 540

  • 1995-08-18 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), dies at 66
  • 1995-08-21 Nanni Loy, film Director, dies at 69
  • 1995-08-29 Frank Perry, American film director (Diary of Mad Housewife, David & Lisa), dies at 65
  • 1995-11-23 Louis Malle, French film director (Pretty Baby), dies at 63
  • 1995-12-05 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79
  • 1995-12-27 Peter Refn, Danish journalist/director (Violets are Blue), dies at 54
  • 1996-01-25 Ruth Berghaus, German choreographer and opera director, dies at 68
  • 1996-03-13 Krzysztof Kieślowski, Polish film director (The Double Life of Veronique), dies of heart attack at 54
  • 1996-03-13 Lucio Fulci, Italian film director "Godfather of Gore", dies at 68
  • 1996-03-17 Rene Clement, film director, dies at 83
  • 1996-04-24 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • 1996-04-28 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), dies at 84
  • 1996-05-07 Howard Smith, British diplomat and Director General of MI5, dies at 76
  • 1996-06-03 Peter Glenville, English actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), dies at 82
  • 1996-06-22 Salah Abou Seif, film director, dies at 81
  • 1996-06-23 Salah Abou Seif [Salah Abu Saif], Egyptian film director (Bidaya wa Nihaya), dies at 81
  • 1996-08-30 Christine Pascal, actress/director (Smile, Elsa), dies at 43
  • 1996-09-16 Gene Nelson [Leander Berg], American screenwriter, director and actor (Tea For 2, Oklahoma), dies at 76
  • 1996-10-06 Ted Bessell, American director and actor (Don-That Girl, Gomer Pyle- Frankie), dies of an aneurism at 61
  • 1997-01-11 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • 1997-01-11 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), dies at 89
  • 1997-01-14 King Hu, Chinese film director, (wuxia films) dies at 64
  • 1997-02-22 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • 1997-05-09 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director, dies at 68
  • 1997-06-21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • 1997-08-10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • 1997-09-23 Shirley Clarke, American film director, dies at 78
  • 1997-10-19 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • 1997-10-19 Pilar Miró, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), dies at 57
  • 1997-10-30 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), dies from natural causes at 85
  • 1997-12-06 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer, dies at 68
  • 1997-12-21 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • 1997-12-24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • 1998-05-22 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71
  • 1998-09-05 Leo Penn, American actor and film director, dies at 77

Person of interestAkira Kurosawa

1998-09-06 Akira Kurosawa, Japanese director and screenwriter who was posthumously named "Asian of the Century" in the "Arts, Literature, and Culture" category (Rashomon, Drunken Angel, Seven Samurai, Ran), dies of a stroke at 88

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1998-12-29 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • 1999-02-18 Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart), dies at 66
  • 1999-03-03 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 72

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

1999-03-07 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • 1999-03-13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • 1999-03-16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • 1999-06-29 Allan Carr, American film producer and director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire), dies at 62
  • 1999-07-01 Edward Dmytryk, Canadian film director (Carpetbaggers, Young Lions, Caine Mutiny), dies at 90
  • 1999-07-29 Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, producer and director (Arzoo, Love Story, Sangam), dies at 70
  • 1999-09-14 Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
  • 1999-11-10 Robert Kramer, American actor and director, dies of meningitis at 60
  • 1999-12-18 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • 1999-12-20 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director and screenwriter (Theodora, Slave Empress), dies at 90
  • 2000-01-03 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), dies at 80
  • 2000-02-05 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • 2000-03-28 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), dies at 74

Person of interestJohn Gielgud

2000-05-21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • 2000-06-29 Il Mattatore [Vittorio Gassman], Italian actor, director and screenwriter (Scent of a Woman, War & Peace), dies at 77
  • 2000-07-22 Claude Sautet, French film director (b. 1924)
  • 2000-11-22 Christian Marquand, French actor, director and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2000-12-17 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • 2001-02-08 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • 2001-02-16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2001-02-19 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • 2001-02-23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • 2001-07-08 John O'Shea, New Zealand film director (b. 1920)
  • 2001-09-07 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, dies at 71
  • 2001-10-09 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2001-11-03 Thomas Brasch, German writer and film director, dies at 56
  • 2001-11-05 Roy Boulting, English film director and producer (Desert Victory), dies at 87
  • 2001-12-01 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • 2002-01-11 Henri Verneuil, French-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 2002-01-13 Ted Demme, American film director, dies at 38

Person of interestBilly Wilder

2002-03-27 Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend; Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • 2002-05-05 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2002-05-10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2002-07-06 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • 2002-08-30 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • 2002-10-04 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (Benvenuta), dies at 76
  • 2002-10-09 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2002-11-10 Michel Boisrond, French film director and screenwriter, dies at 81
  • 2002-12-27 George Roy Hill, American film director (b. 1922)
  • 2003-01-11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • 2003-01-13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2003-03-04 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • 2003-05-23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • 2003-07-25 John Schlesinger, British film director (b. 1926)
  • 2003-08-09 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)

Person of interestLeni Riefenstahl

2003-09-08 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl
  • 2003-09-28 Elia Kazan, Greek-American film director (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 94
  • 2004-01-04 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • 2004-02-02 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2004-02-23 Vijay Anand, Indian film director (b. 1934)
  • 2004-08-22 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • 2004-09-18 Russ Meyer, American film director (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 82
  • 2004-09-30 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2004-11-02 Theo van Gogh, Dutch film director (Submission), dies at 47

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

2004-11-26 Philippe de Broca, French film director (Le Bossu) dies aged 71

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • 2005-01-29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • 2005-03-20 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • 2005-04-19 George Pan Cosmatos, Greek film director (b. 1941)
  • 2005-05-21 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), dies of a heart disease at 85
  • 2005-07-03 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director, dies at 90
  • 2005-07-20 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)

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