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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 23, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: director, editor, director of photography

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Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac ("Gypsy") and Rod Stewart ("Young Turks"). He also made many TV commercials, including advertisements for HBO, Doritos, Miller Lite beer, Ford and British Petroleum. Mulcahy made his feature debut with the British-produced "Derek and Clive Get the Horn" (1980), starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and followed up with "Razorback" (1984), a galvanizing cult thriller about a killer pig set in the Australian outback.

Award-winning director of commercials and rock videos in the 1980s turned polished and proficient helmer of Hollywood genre movies. Mulcahy directed over 300 rock videos by 1983, including 15 starring Elton John and others featuring glitzy sets and costumes and fluid camerawork which highlighted Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac ("Gypsy") and Rod Stewart ("Young Turks"). He also made many TV commercials, including advertisements for HBO, Doritos, Miller Lite beer, Ford and British Petroleum. Mulcahy made his feature debut with the British-produced "Derek and Clive Get the Horn" (1980), starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and followed up with "Razorback" (1984), a galvanizing cult thriller about a killer pig set in the Australian outback.

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  Bait (2012)
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  Swimming Upstream (2005) Director
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  First to Die (2003) Director

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 Video Killed the Radio Star (2000) Interviewee
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 Hunger: An MTV Sneak Preview, The (1997) Interviewee
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1967:
Taught himself to use a camera at age 14; began photographing and creating short films; first effort, "Vampire Island", shot with two friends until one of them fell off a cliff and broke his ankle; production unfinished (date approximate)
1978:
Work was noticed by music video impresario John Roseman
1980:
Directed first film, the United Kingdom production, "Derek and Clive Get the Horn"; also edited
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Directed over 300 rock video by 1983, including "Young Turks" with Rod Stewart, "Gypsy" with Fleetwood Mac, and 15 for Elton John
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Made various TV commercials for Miller Lite, British Petroleum, Ford, Smirnoff Vodka, Opel Cars, Heinecken, Doritos and HBO
1991:
Made American TV directorial debut with "Split Second", an installment of the HBO horror anthology series, "Tales From the Crypt"
1991:
American feature directorial debut, "Highlander II: The Quickening"
1992:
First collaboration with producer Martin Bregman, "Blue Ice"
1994:
Directed Alec Baldwin in "The Shadow" based on the 1930's comic strip
2000:
Directed several episodes of the showtime series "Queer as Folk"
2004:
Directed the "The Dale Earnhardt Story" (ESPN) which chronicles the legendary race car drive Dale Earnhardt, who died in 2001 during the last lap of the Daytona 500
2005:
Directed the true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who became a champion swimmer; starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis
2007:
Helmed "Resident Evil: Extinction," the third installment in the series, starring Milla Jovovich
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