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Name  Alex Grasshoff

Role  Filmmaker
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Died  April 5, 2008, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Madilyn Clark Grasshoff (m. 1970–2008)
Education  University of Southern California
Siblings  Yrsa Grasshoff, Edith Rand
Movies  The Wave, The Last Dinosaur, Young Americans, The Jailbreakers, Billions for Boris
Similar People  Luther Rackley, Steven Keats, Richard Boone, Don Weis, Lori Lethin

Alexander Grasshoff (December 10, 1928 – April 5, 2008) was an American documentary filmmaker and director who received 3 Oscars nominations.


Along with fellow producer Robert Cohn, he is possibly best known for writing and directing the documentary Young Americans, won an Academy Award for best feature documentary in April 1969. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences soon found out the film had been shown first in October 1967, thus mading it ineligible for a 1968 award and the Oscar status was revoked. Grasshoff, who reportedly slept with the Oscar on the first night, also directed Academy Award-winning films The Really Big Family (1966) and Journey to the Outer Limits (1973). He also directed the award-winning The Wave (1981), based on Ron Jones' The Third Wave experiment, and Future Shock (1972), based on Alvin Toffler's book and hosted by Orson Welles.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Grasshoff earned a bachelor's degree in cinema at the University of Southern California and began his career in the mail room of Paramount in 1951 working up to assistant editor, then editor. He made his directoral debut in a crime film The Jailbreakers released by American International Pictures that Grasshoff also wrote and produced.

Grasshoff died on April 5, 2008 at his home in Los Angeles of complications from bypass surgery on a leg. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Madilyn Clark Grasshoff, and two sisters, Yrsa Grasshoff and Edith Rand.


  • 1960: The Jailbreakers
  • 1963: Hollywood and the Stars (TV series, 1 episode)
  • 1965: National Geographic Specials (TV series documentary)
  • 1966: Love on a Rooftop (TV series, 1 episode)
  • 1966: The Really Big Family (Documentary short)
  • 1966: Destination Safety (TV movie documentary)
  • 1967: Young Americans (Documentary)
  • 1972: Future Shock (Documentary)
  • 1972: Wacky Taxi
  • 1973: Journey to the Outer Limits (Documentary)
  • 1973-74: Toma (TV series, 4 episodes)
  • 1974: Crackle of Death (TV movie)
  • 1974: Get Christie Love! (TV series)
  • 1974: The Rookies (TV series, 1 Episode)
  • 1974: The Rockford Files (TV series, 2 episodes)
  • 1974: Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1975: Movin' On (TV series, 1 episodes)
  • 1975-76: Barbary Coast (TV series, 4 episodes)
  • 1977: The Last Dinosaur
  • 1977: CHiPs (TV series)
  • 1978: Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws
  • 1981: The Wave (TV movie)
  • 1982: Counterattack: Crime in America (Fernsehdokumentation)
  • 1982: The Unforgivable Secret (ABC Afterschool Special, TV movie)
  • 1982: Sometimes I Don't Love My Mother (ABC Afterschool Special, TV movie)
  • 1984: Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia (ABC Afterschool Special, TV movie)
  • 1984: Billions for Boris
  • 1985: I Want to Go Home (ABC Afterschool Special, TV movie)
  • Producer

  • 1960: The Jailbreakers
  • 1963-64: Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series, 3 Episodes)
  • 1965: National Geographic Specials (TV Series documentary)
  • 1966: The Really Big Family (Documentary short)
  • 1967: Young Americans (Documentary)
  • 1972: Future Shock (Documentary)
  • 1973: Journey to the Outer Limits (Documentary)
  • 1978: Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws (Co-Producer)
  • Writer

  • 1960: The Jailbreakers
  • 1964: Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series, 2 episodes)
  • 1967: Young Americans (Documentary)
  • 1972: Wacky Taxi
  • Editor

  • 1961: Magic Spectacles
  • References

    Alex Grasshoff Wikipedia