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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, stills photographer

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New York City native Harold Becker studied art and photography at the prestigious Pratt Institute and began his career as a designer and stills photographer. He segued to directing TV commercials and short films, including the award-winning "Ivanhoe Donaldson". In 1972, Becker made his feature debut as co-director and co-producer (with Souter Harris) with "The Ragman's Daughter", a superb, if somewhat forgotten, low-budget romance set in England and featuring strong performances from Victoria Tennant and Simon Rouse. Indeed, eliciting fine work from actors would become a hallmark of Becker's directing career. Over the course of his career, he would be responsible for helming vehicles that would showcase future stars ranging from James Woods and Ted Danson to Sean Penn and Tom Cruise.

New York City native Harold Becker studied art and photography at the prestigious Pratt Institute and began his career as a designer and stills photographer. He segued to directing TV commercials and short films, including the award-winning "Ivanhoe Donaldson". In 1972, Becker made his feature debut as co-director and co-producer (with Souter Harris) with "The Ragman's Daughter", a superb, if somewhat forgotten, low-budget romance set in England and featuring strong performances from Victoria Tennant and Simon Rouse. Indeed, eliciting fine work from actors would become a hallmark of Becker's directing career. Over the course of his career, he would be responsible for helming vehicles that would showcase future stars ranging from James Woods and Ted Danson to Sean Penn and Tom Cruise.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Domestic Disturbance (2001) Director
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  Mercury Rising (1998) Director
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  City Hall (1996) Director
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  Malice (1993) Director
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  Sea Of Love (1989) Director
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  Boost, The (1988) Director
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  Vision Quest (1985) Director
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  Taps (1981) Director
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  Black Marble, The (1980) Director
10.
  The Onion Field (1979) Director

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 7th Annual Prism Awards (2003) Featuring
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Raised in New York City
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Worked as a designer and stills photographer
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Made a number of television commercials and short documentaries before turning to features
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Short film, "Ivanhoe Donaldson", won the Gold Prize at Germany's Mannheim Film Festival
1972:
Feature directing and producing debut, "The Ragman's Daughter"
1979:
Followed up with the harrowing adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's novel "The Onion Field", starring James Woods and Ted Danson
1979:
Directed another Wambaugh adaptation, "The Black Marble", a black comedy also starring James Woods
1981:
Helmed "Taps", a gripping drama about an uprising at a military school that launched the careers of Sean Penn and Tom Cruise
1985:
Directed the romance "Vision Quest", starring Matthew Modine as a champion high school wrestler who falls for an alluring older woman (Linda Fiorentino)
1988:
Reteamed with Woods for "The Boost", a powerful portrait of drug addiction
1989:
Directed "Sea of Love", a New York-set police thriller starring Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin
1993:
Produced and directed the thriller "Malice", starring Alec Baldwin as a doctor with a god complex
1996:
Was producer and director of "City Hall", a portrait of New York City politics starring Pacino and John Cusack
1998:
Directed the action thriller "Mercury Rising", starring Bruce Willis as a maverick FBI agent guarding a child who unwittingly cracked a National Security Agency code; Alec Baldwin was cast at the villain
2001:
Produced and directed the thriller "Domestic Disturbance"
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Education

Pratt Institute: Brooklyn , New York -

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wife:
Susan Becker.

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