Albert Band, a producer, director and writer whose adaptation of Stephen Crane’s novel “The Red Badge of Courage” became a John Huston film, died June 14 from complications of stomach blockage and lung infection at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, L.A. He was 78.
In 1941, the Paris native and his family narrowly escaped to the U.S. prior to the Nazi invasion and occupation of France during World War II. Band graduated from Hollywood High School and went on to collaborate with Huston. He also served as assistant director on Huston’s 1950 film “Asphalt Jungle.”
Band, his wife and children moved to Stockholm in 1959 where he produced and directed “Face of Fire.” He relocated to Rome in 1961 and worked on Westerns and period epics including, “The Last Glory of Troy,” “I Bury the Living,” “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die” and “Grand Canyon Massacre.”
Upon returning to Los Angeles in the ’70s, Band produced and/or directed films for his son Charles’ Empire Pictures and also Full Moon Entertainment.
Film credits rounding out Band’s resume are “Ghoulies,” “Prehysteria,” “Robot Jox,” “Trancers III” and “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.”
Band was consulting Full Moon on several projects at the time of his death.
Besides son Charles, he is survived by his wife Jacqueline; son Richard, a composer and film scorer; and five grandchildren.
Donations in Band’s name may be sent to the American Film Institute.