Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including the critically acclaimed 12 Angry Men (1957), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and Network (1976). He won an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005, for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers and the art of the motion picture".
Lumet was an actor before he was a director. His parents were Yiddish theater actor Baruch Lumet and dancer Eugenia Wermus. Lumet made his stage debut at New York's Yiddish Art Theater at the age of four and acted in Yiddish theater and on Broadway into the 1950s. Graduate of the Professional Children's School.