Peter Medak

Peter Medak
Born Medák Péter
(1937-12-23) 23 December 1937
Budapest, Hungary
Residence United Kingdom (from 1956)
Occupation Film director, television director
Years active 1968present
Spouse(s) Katherine LaKermance
(m. 1963; d. 1972)

Carolyn Seymour
(m. 1973; div. 1984)

Julia Migenes
(m. 1988; div. 2003)
Children 4

Peter Medak (born Medák Péter, 23 December 1937) is a Hungarian-born film director and television director of British and American productions.[1]

Early life

Born in Budapest, Hungary, he was the son of Elisabeth (née Diamounstein) and Gyula Medak, a textile manufacturer. His family was Jewish. In 1956, he fled his native country for United Kingdom due to the Hungarian Revolution.[1] There he embarked on a career in the film industry, starting as a trainee and gradually rising to the position of film director.


Medak was signed to direct television films for MCA Universal Pictures in 1963. In 1967, he signed with Paramount Pictures to make feature films. His first such film was Negatives (1968).[1]

Some of his most notable other works are The Ruling Class (1972), The Changeling (1980), The Krays (1990) and Let Him Have It (1991).

Medak has also directed a number of TV episodes and films, including the The Feast of All Saints (a mini-series), Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire[2][3][4][5] and Carnivàle.[6]

Personal life

His first wife, Katherine La Kermance, with whom he had two children, died in London in the 1970s. He had two further children with his second wife, the British actress Carolyn Seymour,[7] from whom he was later divorced. Medak was then married to opera singer Julia Migenes from 1988 to 2003.[8]

Partial filmography


  1. 1 2 3 "Peter Medak". Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  2. 1 2 "Episode guide - episode 03 The Buys". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-26.
  3. 1 2 David Simon, Ed Burns (2002-06-16). "The Buys". The Wire. Season 1. Episode 3. HBO.
  4. 1 2 "Episode guide - episode 05 The Pager". HBO. 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-26.
  5. 1 2 David Simon, Ed Burns (2002-06-30). "The Pager". The Wire. Season 1. Episode 5. HBO.
  6. 1 2 Peter Medak (director), William Schmidt (writer) (2003-10-05). "Black Blizzard". Carnivàle. Season 1. Episode 4. HBO.
  7. "Peter Medak Biography (1937-)", Film Reference website
  8. "Julia Migenes". NNDB. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  9. The Hollywood Reporter - Volumes 408-409 - Page 353 'MOON' SHINES Peter Medak ("The Krays") will direct the noir crime drama "Fallen Moon," the tale of a New York detective investigating the murder of his long- alienated daughter, from an original screenplay by Jarrod Feliciano ..."
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