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Also Known As: Dr. George Miller Died:
Born: March 3, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chinchilla, Queensland, AU Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, second unit director, physician

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A wildly imaginative Australian filmmaker, writer-director George Miller received critical and popular success in both live-action and animation over the course of several decades. After life as a medical doctor, Miller rose to critical acclaim as a filmmaker, thanks to his post-apocalyptic action movie "Mad Max" (1979), starring a then-unknown Aussie actor named Mel Gibson. But it was the much better sequel "The Road Warrior" (1980) that catapulted both director and star into international fame. From there, he directed Gibson in the studio-made sequel, "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" (1985) and helmed the horror comedy "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), starring Jack Nicholson as Satan lusting after three lonely women. After producing "Flirting" (1991), Nicole Kidman's final Australian production before transitioning to Hollywood, Miller wrote and directed the acclaimed tearjerker "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992). He had one of his biggest critical and commercial hits with the endearing "Babe" (1995) and it's equally delightful sequel "Babe: Pig in the City" (1996), before winning the Oscar for Best Animated Film for his box-office smash "Happy Feet" (2006). Though he stumbled a bit with the inferior sequel...

A wildly imaginative Australian filmmaker, writer-director George Miller received critical and popular success in both live-action and animation over the course of several decades. After life as a medical doctor, Miller rose to critical acclaim as a filmmaker, thanks to his post-apocalyptic action movie "Mad Max" (1979), starring a then-unknown Aussie actor named Mel Gibson. But it was the much better sequel "The Road Warrior" (1980) that catapulted both director and star into international fame. From there, he directed Gibson in the studio-made sequel, "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" (1985) and helmed the horror comedy "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), starring Jack Nicholson as Satan lusting after three lonely women. After producing "Flirting" (1991), Nicole Kidman's final Australian production before transitioning to Hollywood, Miller wrote and directed the acclaimed tearjerker "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992). He had one of his biggest critical and commercial hits with the endearing "Babe" (1995) and it's equally delightful sequel "Babe: Pig in the City" (1996), before winning the Oscar for Best Animated Film for his box-office smash "Happy Feet" (2006). Though he stumbled a bit with the inferior sequel "Happy Feet Two" (2011), Miller remained one of the more underappreciated, but successful filmmakers working in Hollywood.

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  Lorenzo's Oil (1992) Director
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  Dead Calm (1989) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
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  Twilight Zone--The Movie (1983) Director ("Nightmare At 20,000 Feet")
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  Road Warrior, The (1982) Director
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  Chain Reaction, The (1980) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)

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Moved to Melbourne, formed production company with Byron Kennedy
1980:
Wrote and directed the Mad Max movies starring Mel Gibson, "Mad Max" (1980), "The Road Warrior" (1981), and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985)
1987:
Directed "The Witches of Eastwick," starring Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Cher and Michelle Pfeiffer
1987:
Returned to Australia to concentrate on producing dramatic TV programming such as "Bangkok Hilton" and "Vietnam" under his Kennedy Miller company; both starring Nicole Kidman
1989:
Produced and served as second unit director of "Dead Calm," directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman
1991:
Reunited with Kidman to direct her in the Australian film "Flirting"
1992:
Directed "Lorenzo's Oil," a dramatic film based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, two parents in a relentless search for a cure for their son Lorenzo's adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
1995:
Produced and co-wrote the family film "Babe"
1998:
Wrote and directed the sequel "Babe: Pig in the City"
2006:
Wrote, produced and directed the computer-animated film "Happy Feet"; also co-produced with brother Bill Miller
2011:
Wrote, directed, and produced the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Ipswich Grammar School: -
University of New South Wales: - 1964 - 1970
Melbourne University: - 1971

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brother:
Bill Miller. Producer. Associate producer on "Mad Max".

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