Marvin J. Chomsky

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Marvin J. Chomsky
Born (1929-05-23)May 23, 1929
New York City, U.S.
Died March 28, 2022(2022-03-28) (aged 92)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Education Syracuse University [(Stanford University), Masters Degree Drama 1951}
  • Director
  • producer
Relatives Noam Chomsky (cousin)

Marvin J. Chomsky (May 23, 1929 – March 28, 2022) was an American director and producer who worked both in television and film.

Early life and career

Born in New York City, Chomsky graduated from Syracuse University in 1950 and Stanford in 1951 with a Masters Degree in drama.[1] His early jobs in the motion picture and television industries included work as an art director, set decorator, and producer.[2]

Chomsky was a prolific television director, and his career spanned from 1964 to 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 Brink's: 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 worked on other miniseries such as Holocaust (1978), Inside the Third Reich (1982) and Peter the Great (1986). He directed Vanessa Redgrave in the 1982 TV movie, My Body, My Child, the miniseries The 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.[citation needed]

His 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).[citation needed]


Chomsky was the winner of Four 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] and Outstanding Miniseries Peter the Great in 1986. (NATAS, IMDB)

Personal life

Chomsky's son, Peter, is also a television producer.[6]

Chomsky died under hospice care in Santa Monica, California, on March 28, 2022, aged 92.[7] He was a cousin of linguist Noam Chomsky.[8]


  1. "Notable Alumni". Syracuse University. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Norback, Craig T.; Norback, Peter G. (1980). TV Guide Almanac. Ballantine Books. p. 333. ISBN 9780345285669.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Bellafante, Ginia. "Attica". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Moser, James D.; Stevens, Tracy; Pay, William; Thompson, Patricia (1998). International Motion Picture Almanac 1998. Quigley. pp. 70. ISBN 9780900610608.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Beresford, Trilby (March 29, 2022). "Marvin J. Chomsky, 'Star Trek' and 'Roots' Director, Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2022.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Pedersen, Erik (March 29, 2022). "Marvin J. Chomsky Dies: 'Roots' & 'Star Trek' Director Who Won Four Emmys Was 92". Deadline.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Juneau, Jen (March 31, 2022). "Marvin J. Chomsky, Four-Time Emmy-Winning Roots and Star Trek Director, Dead at 92". People. Retrieved March 31, 2022.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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