For example, Burt Reynolds has been directed by Alex Payne, P.T. Anderson, Mel Brooks, Renny Harlin, Danny Huston, Andrew Bergman, Don Bluth, Woody Allen, John Boorman, Sergio Corbucci, Don Siegel, Mike Figgis, Uwe Boll and Burt Reynolds.
What are some other interesting careers?
Nicole Kidman has been directed by Ron Howard, Gus van Sant, Jane Campion, Stanley Kubrick, Baz Luhrmann, Alejandro Amenabar, Stephen Daldry, Lars von Trier, Anthony Minghella, Frank Oz, Jonathan Glazer, Sidney Pollack, Steven Shainberg, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Noah Baumbach and Rob Marshall.
She was about to work with Wong Kar Wai but quit the project because of her pregnancy and she is supposed to be working with Woody Allen this year.
She apparently dropped out of his London project. She’s been replaced by Lucy Punch.
Chloë Sevigny: Woody Allen, Lars von Trier, Jim Jarmusch, Whit Stillman, Steve Buscemi, Harmony Korine, Larry Clark, Vincent Gallo, David Fincher and next Werner Herzog.
Tom Cruise- Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Sydney Pollack, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Francis Ford Coppola.
Not bad for a mediocre actor.
Willem Dafoe leaps to mind immediately, as someone who has been directed by a veritable Who’s Who, including (just for starters) Oliver Stone, Robert Rodriguez, Lars von Trier, Spike Lee, Anthony Minghella, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Marry Harron, Steve Buscemi, David Cronenberg, William Friedkin, Julian Schnabel, David Lynch, Wim Wenders…. He’s also been a very risk-taking actor.
I have to go with Jack Nicholson
Bob Rafelson; Vincente Minnelli; Dennis Hopper; Monte Hellman; Hal Ashby; Henry Jaglom; Milos Forman; Roman Polanski; Arthur Penn; Mike Nichols; Roger Corman; Martin Scorsese; Stanley Kubrick; Tony Richardson; Warren Beatty; Alexander Payne; James L. Brooks; Hector Babenco; Ken Russell; Michelangelo Antonioni; Rob Reiner; Elia Kazan; Richard Rush; Joshua Logan; George Miller; Sean Penn; Tim Burton; John Huston
Cary Grant who worked with, among others:
H. C. Potter
Josef von Sternberg
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Robert De Niro:
Francis Ford Coppola
Brian De Palma
Jack Nicholson or Willem Dafoe.
What about Max Von Sydow?
Phillip Seymour Hoffman: PT Anderson, Sidney Lumet, Charlie Kaufmann, John Patrick Shanley, Mike Nichols, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, David Mamet, Coen Brothers, Todd Solondz, Tamara Jenkins, and uhhh… Joel Schumacher, JJ Abrams, Brett Rattner and Cameron Crowe.
Dennis Hopper has worked with hundreds.
Keanu Reeves: Stephen Frears, Francis Ford Coppola, Kenneth Branagh, Bernardo Bertolucci, Richard Linklater, Mike Mills, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi.
Jeanne Moreau worked with Louis Malle, Elia Kazan, John Frankenheimer, Jacques Demy, Jean Renoir, Francois Truffaut, Peter Brook, Luis Bunuel, Jacques Becker, Roger Vadim, Martin Ritt, Michelangelo Antonioni, Marguerite Duras, Joseph Losey, Orson Welles, Tony Richardson, Andre Techine, Bertrand Blier, Rainer Fassbinder among others.
Any of the classic Hollywood “stars” working within the studio system : James Stewart, Bette Davis, etc.
Boris Karloff worked with over 120 different directors, including the likes of :
Edgar G. Ulmer
Cecil B. DeMille
Jean-Pierre Léaud has worked with:
Pier Paolo Pasolini
and Ming-liang Tsai.
I just checked on Harvey Keitel. In addition to a whole host of directors a number of whom I’d never even heard of before, he’s worked with this little bunch…
Scorsese, Altman, Rudolph, Scott (Ridley), Schrader, Toback, Tavernier, Roeg, Richardson, De Palma, Argento, Nicholson, Levinson, Tarantino, Ferrara, Campion, Kaufman, Angelopoulos, Wang, Lee (Spike), Mangold, Bui, Frears, Szabó, Besson
Manoel de Oliveira
…Jack Nicholson’s career is amazing, though.
There is a group of actors that has always fascinated me. Most of them have little in common, however when scrutinized they really represent a fascinating period, perhaps even making up a sub-set all their own.
Do “The Google” on IMDB for the following folks — Burt Lancaster, Catherine Deneuve, Marcello Mastroianni, Charlotte Rampling, Helmut Berger, Jacqueline Bisset, Dominique Sanda, maybe Terrence Stamp and maybe (albeit a bit too obvious) Jean Seberg. Look at their careers between, say, 1961 through to 1977.
If there ever was a group that could be classified as an “International Jet Set” of cinema, here it is. These people had amazing runs during these years, appearing in a wide array of “borderless” films, some of them unforgettable. And the directors of these films — DeSica, Polanski, Malle, Visconti, Godard, Bergman, Bertolucci, Antonioni. I suppose Burt Lancaster would be the biggest star of these, and I think Brando and Nicholson followed his lead to a point, but it was Burt first winging off to star in European greats’ films, long before it was “fashionable.” I’m sure I’m missing a few names (Max Von Sydow? Vanessa Redgrave?), but what a fantastic time these people must have had during those years, and what contributions they made in the output.
There is one young actor who reminds me of this idea right now. His name is Michael Pitt. At the tender age of 27, and after making his debut on, of all things, Dawson’s Creek, this New Jersey boy has already worked for Barbet Schroeder, Gus Van Sant, Larry Clark, Asia Argento, Michael Haneke, and Bernardo Bertolucci.
Pretty damned good record so far, no?
I’m really interested to see how the careers of both Michael Pitt and Eva Green turn out after they shined in The Dreamers.
@Christopher – you forgot to mention that Pitt has worked with M. Night. How could you make such a glaring omission?! lol
How about Udo Kier and Christopher Walken? Those cats have probably made 5,000 films between the two of them – which makes me think they’ve worked with a lot of different directors. Off the top of my head, Udo has worked with Argento, Morrissey, Van Sant, and Von Trier. That ain’t too shabby for a Kraut (spelling? Sorry, not good with offensive words).
And what about Rade Serbedzija? Talk about poping up in every film under the sun…
Ang Lee, Terrence Malick, Peter Yates, Paul Mazursky, Neil Jordan, Ben Stiller, Polish Bros, James Ivory, Alan Rudolph, George Miller, Babs Streisand, Marty Scorsese, Walter Hill, Sidney Lumet, Karel Reisz, Arthur Hiller, John Milius, William Friedkin, Oliver Stone, Paul Schrader.
Not bad company either.
Maybe Ingrid Bergman:
Alfred Hitchcock (3 films)
Roberto Rossellini (6 films)
Anatole Litvak (2 films)
Victor Fleming (2 films)
W S Van Dyke
Sam Wood (2 films)
Agnes Varda, Marcel Ophuls, Jean-Luc Godard, Jesus Franco, Ulli Lommel, Rudolf Thome, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, William Klein, Larry Cohen, Ulrike Ottinger, Juliet Berto, Juraj Jakubisko, Mika Kaurismaki, Lars von Trier
Jean Renoir, Alexandre Astruc, Luis Bunuel, Jean Delannoy, Jacques Rozier, Rene Clement, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Costa-Gavras, Roger Vadim, Alain Resnais, Jacques Demy, Mario Bava, Alfred Hitchcock, Marco Ferreri, Claude Sautet, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Brel, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bertrand Tavernier, Louis Malle, Jacques Doillon, Ettore Scola, Claude Lelouch, Jerzy Skolimowski, Leos Carax, Jacques Deray, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Claude Brisseau, Manoel de Oliveira, Michel Piccoli (yes!), Raul Ruiz, Otar Iosseliani, Theodoros Angelopoulos
Luchino Visconti, Luis Bunuel, Pierre Clementi (yes!), Bernardo Bertolucci, Philippe Garrel, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Glauber Rocha, Miklos Jancso, Dusan Makavejev, Jacques Rivette, James Toback, Yves Allegret, Costa-Gavras, Francis Leroi, Etienne O’Leary, Adriaan Ditvoorst, Franco Brocani, Peter Emmanuel Goldman, Jean-Pierre Leaud (apparently a short film from 1974?! LINK), Alexandre Astruc, James Ivory, Arielle Dombasle