|Intro||American theatre and film director|
|Was||Film director Film producer Screenwriter Writer Playwright Actor Stage actor Theatre director Theater professional|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature|
|Birth||29 November 1905, Hudson, USA|
|Death||7 April 1986, Beverly Hills, USA (aged 80 years)|
Chester Erskine (November 29, 1905 – April 7, 1986) was an American director, producer, and writer.
Chester Erskine was born in Hudson, New York and studied for a short time at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first directing job was Harlem, a 1929 all-black revue. He also directed Spencer Tracy in the Broadway production of The Last Mile in 1930. Erskine's likeness was drawn in caricature by Alex Gard for Sardi's, the New York City theater district restaurant. The picture is now part of the collection of the New York Public Library.
In 1932, he began working in Hollywood, where his best-known work includes the direction of The Egg and I and the screenplay adaptation of All My Sons.
Erskine produced a number of films, notably The Wonderful Country, a 1959 western with Robert Mitchum.
He died in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 80.