American film director Joseph Sargent died on 22 December 2014 at his home in Malibu, California following chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 89.
• Born as Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente in Jersey City, he served in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
• After the war, he studied at the Actors Studio before moving to California in the early 1950s. Sargent acted on television shows like Gunsmoke and The Twilight Zone in the 1950s.
• His best-known work was the 1974 thriller The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which presented the embattled New York City of the 1970s.
• He won four Primetime Emmy Awards for television movies. He won his first Emmy in 1973 for directing The Marcus-Nelson Murders, a TV movie written by Abby Mann.
• Sargent also won Emmys for his works Love Is Never Silent (1985), Caroline? (1990) and Miss Rose White (1992).