Albert Band was born in Paris to Italian parents; his first movie job was as a film cutter at Pathe Studios. Relocating to Hollywood in the late 1940s, Band was employed as a combination production assistant and "fall guy" for maverick director John Huston, gleaning valuable experience on the set of The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Red Badge of Courage (1951), even while being subjected to Huston's sadistic practical jokes. Band's own directorial bow was the 1956 oater The Young Guns; his best Hollywood film was the low-key 1958 shocker I Bury the Living. In the 1960s, Band kept busy as producer, director, and/or screenwriter of a variety of internationally financed productions, including better-than-you'd think Dracula's Dog. Among his more recent efforts as producer were Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) and Dragon World (1993). Albert Band is the father of director Charles Band.