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Born: April 29, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Griffith, New South Wales, AU Profession: screenwriter, director

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Having established himself as an accomplished practitioner of the thriller genre in his native Australia, director Phillip Noyce came to Hollywood, where he became a director-for-hire on several studio films before returning home to helm two of his most acclaimed films. Noyce first made a name for himself in the Australian film industry with his period drama, "Newsfront" (1978), before moving to television to helm the critically hailed miniseries "The Dismissal" (1983). Later in the decade, he found international success with the taut thriller, "Dead Calm" (1989), which gained him entrée into Hollywood while helping introduce the world to Aussie actress Nicole Kidman. But once he began directing studio movies, Noyce's track record became hit-or-miss. After an inauspicious American debut with the improbable Rutger Hauer thriller "Blind Fury" (1989), he directed Harrison Ford as government agent Jack Ryan in the popular "Patriot Games" (1992). Noyce found himself in the dog house after directing Sharon Stone in the rather ridiculous "Sliver" (1993), before rebounding nicely by reuniting with Ford for "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). Following "The Saint" (1997) and "The Bone Collector" (1998), Noyce...

Having established himself as an accomplished practitioner of the thriller genre in his native Australia, director Phillip Noyce came to Hollywood, where he became a director-for-hire on several studio films before returning home to helm two of his most acclaimed films. Noyce first made a name for himself in the Australian film industry with his period drama, "Newsfront" (1978), before moving to television to helm the critically hailed miniseries "The Dismissal" (1983). Later in the decade, he found international success with the taut thriller, "Dead Calm" (1989), which gained him entrée into Hollywood while helping introduce the world to Aussie actress Nicole Kidman. But once he began directing studio movies, Noyce's track record became hit-or-miss. After an inauspicious American debut with the improbable Rutger Hauer thriller "Blind Fury" (1989), he directed Harrison Ford as government agent Jack Ryan in the popular "Patriot Games" (1992). Noyce found himself in the dog house after directing Sharon Stone in the rather ridiculous "Sliver" (1993), before rebounding nicely by reuniting with Ford for "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). Following "The Saint" (1997) and "The Bone Collector" (1998), Noyce had tired of Hollywood and returned to Australia to direct two of his best films, "Rabbit-Proof Fence" (2002) and "The Quiet American" (2002), both of which rejuvenated his creative juices and allowed him confidently return to Hollywood later in the decade.

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  Salt (2010)
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  Dirt Music (2008)
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  The Quiet American (2002) Director
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  Rabbit-Proof Fence (2001) Director
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  Bone Collector, The (1999) Director
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  Saint, The (1997) Director

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1967:
Made first short-film at age 17, "Better to Reign In Hell"
1973:
While attending the Australian National Film School, made the 50-minute documentary, "Castor and Pollux"
1975:
First feature credit, as assistant director, "The Golden Cage"
1975:
First professional film, the 50-minute docu-drama "God Knows Why, But It Works"
1976:
Credited as 2nd assistant director on the feature "Let the Balloon Go"
1977:
Feature directorial debut, "Backroads"; also produced and wrote the screenplay
1978:
Directed and co-wrote the commercial hit "Newsfront"; was the first Australian film to screen at the New York Film Festival
1980:
Became the part-time manager of the Sydney Filmmaker's Co-operative
1982:
Co-wrote and directed "Heatwave," starring Judy Davis
1984:
Directed and co-wrote the ten-hour Australian mini-series "Cowra Breakout"
1985:
American TV debut, directed episodes of the HBO series "The Curse"
1989:
Directed first American feature, "Blind Fury"
1989:
Major breakthrough as director, the sleeper hit, "Dead Calm"
1992:
Directed first film based on the books by Tom Clancy, "Patriot Games"; the first film with Harrison Ford in the lead role
1993:
Directed the voyeuristic thriller "Sliver," starring Sharon Stone
1994:
Filmed second Tom Clancy film "Clear and Present Danger"; again collaborated with Ford who starred
1997:
Directed an update of the pulp hero "The Saint," starring Val Kilmer
1999:
Directed Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie in "The Bone Collector"
2002:
Directed "Rabbit-Proof Fence," a true story of Australian Aboriginal girls set in the 1930s
2002:
Helmed the film adaptation of Graham Greene's "The Quiet American," starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser
2003:
Directed the pilot for Fox's "Tru Calling"
2006:
Directed Tim Robbins and Derek Luke in "Catch a Fire," which is a true story set in the early 1980s in apartheid-era South Africa
2006:
Directed episodes for Showtime's "Brotherhood"
2010:
Directed the CIA thriller "Salt" with Angelina Jolie playing a CIA operative who is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent (filmed in 2009)
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Education

Barker College: -
Australian Film, Television and Radio School: - 1973

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wife:
Jan Chapman. Producer. Divorced.

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