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Andrew W. Sidaris (February 20, 1931 – March 7, 2007) was an American television and film director, film producer, actor, and screenwriter.
Andrew W. Sidaris
February 20, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 7, 2007 (aged 76)|
|Other names||Andrew Sidaris|
|Occupation||Director, producer, actor, screenwriter|
Sidaris was born in Chicago, grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana graduated from C.E. Byrd High School, and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His family was active in city sports circles. His brother Chris W. Sidaris (1927–2000), was the former director of the Shreveport Parks and Recreation Department.
Sidaris was best known for his Bullets, Bombs, and Babes or Bullets, Bombs, and Boobs (BBB for short) series of B-movies produced between 1985 and 1998. These films featured a rotating "stock company" of actors mostly made up of Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets, including Julie Strain, Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton, Cynthia Brimhall, Roberta Vasquez, Julie K. Smith, Shae Marks, and Wendy Hamilton. Several of his films were done wholly or largely in Shreveport using many local actors or actors with local ties.
Before the B-movies, Sidaris was a pioneer in sports television. He directed coverage of hundreds of football and basketball games, Olympic events, and special programs and won an Emmy award for his work in the field. His best known work was with ABC's Wide World of Sports; he was the show's first director, and continued in that post for 25 years. He would play a fictional television director in the 1978 action thriller Two-Minute Warning.
Sidaris pioneered what came to be known as the "honey shot", close-ups of cheerleaders and pretty girls in the stands at sporting events. He won an Emmy Award in 1969 for directing ABC Sports's coverage of the 1968 Summer Olympics. He expanded into dramatic television in the 1970s, directing episodes of programs like Gemini Man (1976), CBS's Kojak (mid-1970s), ABC's The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (late-1970s) and ABC's Monday Night Football.
He expanded into film, specializing in action flicks featuring buxom gun-toting Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets with titles like Fit to Kill and Savage Beach. Most of Sidaris' "Triple B" series (later given the title L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies) focused on the adventures of a team of secret agents and were mostly filmed in Hawaii. Several entries in the series were merely produced by him and were written and directed by others. Although the series featured recurring characters, continuity between films was not a priority and it was common for an actress who played a villain (and was killed off) in one film to re-appear in a subsequent film as a hero.
With his wife, Arlene Terry Sidaris (nee Smilowitz, b. April 21, 1941 in New York, NY) as his production partner, Sidaris made over a dozen films and TV series. Since Sidaris' death, she runs the official websites of his twelve films.
|1969||The Racing Scene||Director|
|1970||MASH||Football choreographer, uncredited|
|1973||Stacey||Director, producer, writer|
|1985||Malibu Express||Director, producer, writer|
|1987||Hard Ticket to Hawaii||Director, writer|
|1988||Picasso Trigger||Director, writer|
|1989||Savage Beach||Director, producer, writer|
|1991||Do or Die||Director, writer|
|1992||Hard Hunted||Director, producer, writer|
|1993||Fit to Kill||Director, writer|
|1994||The Dallas Connection||Executive producer|
|1996||Day of the Warrior||Director, writer|
|1998||L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies: Return to Savage Beach||Director, writer|
|1975||Kojak||Director, 1 episode|
|1976||Gemini Man||Director, 1 episode|
|1977||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Director, 1 episode|
- Sidaris, Andy & Arlene. Bullets, Bombs, and Babes: The Films of Andy Sidaris, Heavy Metal Press. August 2003
- "Arlene Sidaris - IMDB". IMDB.com. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
- "Andy Sidaris: 1931 – 2007 Longtime director at ABC Sports". chicagotribune.com. March 11, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
- Susman, Gary (March 9, 2007). "Andy Sidaris, RIP". ew.com. Retrieved July 16, 2009.
- Official website
- Andy Sidaris on IMDb
- Media Orchard interview (July 2006)
- DVD Talk – Interview by G. Noel Gross (October 2002)
- Digitally Obsessed – Interview by Rich Rosell
- Associated Press Former 'Wide World of Sports' director dead at 76
- Playboy Playmates, Penthouse Pets, and Parallel Realities: The Comic Book World of Cult Filmmaker Andy Sidaris