Marvin J. Chomsky
Born (1929-05-23) May 23, 1929 (age 92)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationFilm director, television director

Marvin J. Chomsky (born May 23, 1929) is an American television and film director. He has also worked as a producer.

Early life

Born in New York City, Chomsky graduated from Syracuse University in 1950.[1] He is a cousin of the American linguist Noam Chomsky.


Chomsky's early jobs in the motion picture and television industries included work as an art director, set decorator, and producer.[2]

Chomsky's feature film directing credits include Evel Knievel (1971), Live A Little, Steal A Lot (1975), Mackintosh and T.J. (1976), Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979) and Tank (1984).

Chomsky is a prolific television director, and his career spanned from 1964–1995. During the late 1960s, Chomsky directed eleven episodes of the television series The Wild Wild West. He also directed episodes of Star Trek and Gunsmoke.

Besides directing individual episodes for television series, Chomsky directed made-for-TV movies such as Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976), Victory at Entebbe (1976), Attica (1980) and Billionaire Boys Club (1987). During the 1970s, Chomsky served as one of the directors for the miniseries Roots (1977), and he also worked on other miniseries such as Holocaust (1978), Inside the Third Reich (1982) and Peter the Great (1986). He also directed Vanessa Redgrave in the 1982 TV movie, My Body, My Child, the miniseries Brotherhood of the Rose (1989) with Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss and David Morse, and the TV movie Catherine the Great (1995), starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Chomsky is the winner of three Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Holocaust in 1978;[3] Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Attica in 1980[4] and for Inside the Third Reich in 1982.[5]


  1. ^ "Notable Alumni". Syracuse University. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  2. ^ Jason Buchanan (2012). "Marvin J. Chomsky". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  3. ^ Norback, Craig T.; Norback, Peter G. (1980). TV Guide Almanac. Ballantine Books. p. 333.
  4. ^ Bellafante, Ginia. "Attica". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
  5. ^ Moser, James D.; Stevens, Tracy; Pay, William; Thompson, Patricia (1998). International Motion Picture Almanac 1998. Quigley. pp. 70.