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Robert Ellis Miller

Robert Ellis Miller

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Born: July 18, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Director ...
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Began career as a stage actor
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After college, returned to NYC and began directing theater and live TV
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Directed episodes of "M Squad", "The Donna Reed Show", "Ben Casey" and "Route 66", among others
1961:
Directed "Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer?" (NBC), the pilot for "Burke's Law"; directed episodes of the series airing on ABC from 1963-1965
1963:
Received an Emmy Award nomination for directing "The Voice of Charlie Pont" (ABC)
1966:
Feature directing debut, "Any Wednesday"; screenplay by Julius J Epstein
1968:
Directed "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", which earned Oscar nominations for Alan Arkin (Best Actor) and Sandra Locke (Best Supporting Actress) in her feature debut; also introduced Stacy Keach and provided Cicely Tyson's first major screen role
1970:
His "The Buttercup Chain" was England's official entry to the Cannes Film Festival and a winner at the Yugoslav Film Festival
1974:
"The Girl From Petrovka" starred Goldie Hawn and introduced Anthony Hopkins to Hollywood
1976:
Helmed "Just an Old Sweet Song", a CBS movie starring Tyson, which won a Christopher Award and earned Miller an NAACP Image Award for Best TV Director
1978:
Collaborated with screenwriters Dalton Trumbo and son Christopher (who finished teleplay after father died), directing NBC movie, "Ishi: The Last of His Tribe"; debuted at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the US Senate Indian Relations Committee and earned the Western Heritage Award
1983:
Reunited with screenwriter Epstein, directing "Reuben, Reuben", a deliciously witty script (adapted from the writings of Peter De Vries); starred Tom Conti (who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar) and introduced Kelly McGillis
1985:
Sumptuously rendered NBC movie, "The Other Lover", a literate woman's drama starring Lindsay Wagner
1986:
Reunited with Keach for CBS movie, "Intimate Strangers"
1988:
Teamed with Timothy Dalton and Anthony Edwards for "Hawks", a black comedy about last fling for two terminally ill cancer patients
1992:
"Brenda Starr" released after sitting on shelf since 1986; first association with Dalton
1992:
Last feature to date, "Bed & Breakfast"
1994:
Helmed syndicated TV-movie, "Pointman"
1995:
Applied a light and contemporary touch as director of "A Walton Wedding" (CBS), without toying with a formula chiseled in granite
1996:
Directed "Angel of Pennsylvania Avenue", a Family Channel movie set during the Depression
1998:
Honored by the American Film Institute; AFI screened his "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" (1968) along with Mike Nichols' "The Graduate" (1967) and Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs Miller" (1971)

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