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Also Known As: Stephen Miner Died:
Born: June 18, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, producer, editor

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Steve Miner has had a prolific and varied career directing for television and features and encompassing genres as varied as horror and romance. Following a production career in industrial and educational films, Miner began his professional feature work as an editor on films helmed by Sean S Cunningham, starting out with "The Case of the Full Moon Murders" (1973) and "Here Come the Tigers" (1978). In 1980, inspired by the success of John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978) the two endeavored to make their own independent horror film, and began the summer camp set gore classic "Friday the 13th" series. Miner served as associate producer and unit production manager on the first film, with Cunningham taking directing duties. For the follow-up, 1981's "Friday the 13th Part 2", Miner produced the film and made his directorial debut with a script that read like a primer on the conventions of horror films. Faring better was the third installment, appropriately titled "Friday the 13th - Part 3", incorporating more scares and suspense and less predictability and needless nudity. This chapter of the prolific series was shown in theaters in an especially involving 3D version and marked Miner's cameo acting debut as a...

Steve Miner has had a prolific and varied career directing for television and features and encompassing genres as varied as horror and romance. Following a production career in industrial and educational films, Miner began his professional feature work as an editor on films helmed by Sean S Cunningham, starting out with "The Case of the Full Moon Murders" (1973) and "Here Come the Tigers" (1978). In 1980, inspired by the success of John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978) the two endeavored to make their own independent horror film, and began the summer camp set gore classic "Friday the 13th" series. Miner served as associate producer and unit production manager on the first film, with Cunningham taking directing duties. For the follow-up, 1981's "Friday the 13th Part 2", Miner produced the film and made his directorial debut with a script that read like a primer on the conventions of horror films. Faring better was the third installment, appropriately titled "Friday the 13th - Part 3", incorporating more scares and suspense and less predictability and needless nudity. This chapter of the prolific series was shown in theaters in an especially involving 3D version and marked Miner's cameo acting debut as a newscaster.

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  Texas Rangers (2001) Director
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  Lake Placid (1999) Director
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  Never Love a Thief (1998) Director
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  Halloween: H2O (1998) Director
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  Big Bully (1996) Director
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  My Father the Hero (1994) Director
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  Forever Young (1992) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Friday the 13th, Part III (1982) Newscaster
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Raised in Westport, Connecticut
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Began career as a production assistant for industrial films
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Worked in production and post-production for Time-Life Corporation educational films
1973:
First professional credit as editor for "The Case of the Full Moon Murders"; credited as Stephen Miner; also first collaboration with director Sean S Cunningham
1978:
Produced and edited the feature "Here Come the Tigers", helmed by Cunningham
1980:
Was associate producer and unit production manager for "Friday the 13th", directed by Cunningham
1981:
Feature directorial debut, "Friday the 13th Part 2"; also producer
1982:
Directed and had a cameo role as a newscaster in "Friday the 13th - Part 3", the third installment of the horror film series
1986:
Helmed the horror comedy "House"
1986:
Directed the comedy "Soul Man", the story of a man who pretends to be black in order to attend Harvard Law School
1988:
Directed the pilot episode of ABC's "The Wonder Years"
1988:
Served as supervising producer (and a recurring director) for the first season and a half of "The Wonder Years"; received Emmy nomination for directing the episode "Birthday Boy"
1989:
Produced and directed the supernatural thriller "Warlock", starring Julian Sands and Richard E Grant
1990:
Directed episodes of the short-lived series "Elvis" (ABC)
1992:
Helmed the touching drama "Forever Young"
1993:
Steered the pilot episode of the NBC drama "Against the Grain"
1994:
Directed the romantic comedy "My Father, The Hero" starring Gerard Depardieu
1994:
Directed an episode of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
1996:
Was the director of the comedy "Big Bully"
1997:
Directed episodes of the TV dramas "Diagnosis: Murder" (CBS), "Relativity" and "The Practice" (both ABC)
1998:
Was a producer of the popular series "Dawson's Creek" (The WB), and directed the first four episodes; initial collaboration with Kevin Williamson
1998:
Directed the unsold CBS pilot "Sherwood's Travels" (aired on Pax TV as the TV-movie "Never Love a Thief")
1998:
Directed the popular horror sequel "Halloween: H20", starring Jamie Lee Curtis and co-executive produced by Williamson
1999:
Directed "Lake Placid", an adventure film starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and a 35 foot alligator; script by David E Kelley
1999:
Reteamed with Williamson as director of the TV series "Wasteland", chronicling six struggling twentysomethings in New York
2001:
Helmed the revisionist Western "Texas Rangers", starring James Van Der Beek and Dylan McDermott
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Notes

"Suspense and scary moments are created by nothing happening so much. But you've got to be careful having nothing happening for too long. It'll get boring. Same thing with having the same thing happening too often - it's boring. You have to have chase and humor and scares and suspense and I just try and mix it all together and keep moving. It's just trying to get the rhythms of it going, keeping the rhythms going and knowing where you can back off and knowing where you can keep the frame open and have people expect something to happen and how long you can keep that going without making it happen." --Miner on setting the rhythm of a horror film while keeping the boredom factor in check, quoted at HALLOWEENMOVIES.COM, July 12, 1998

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