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Also Known As: Died: November 19, 1998
Born: April 7, 1928 Cause of Death: accident while driving
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: Producer ...
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1944:
Worked as an office boy for agent Leland Hayward for two months before attending college
:
Directed plays at the Circle Theatre in Los Angeles
1949:
Began career as assistant in Warner Bros. cartoon department
1950:
Joined MGM as apprentice to writer-producer-director Don Hartman
1951:
Remained Hartman's assistant when he became production head at Paramount
:
While continuing his Hollywood career, produced several New York stage productions including "There Must Be a Pony" with Myrna Loy and "Comes a Day", starring George C Scott and Judith Anderson
1957:
Produced first film, the biopic of Jimmy Piersall "Fear Strikes Out", beginning a seven-film collaboration with director Robert Mulligan
1962:
With Mulligan, formed Pakula-Mulligan Productions
1968:
Produced final film for Mulligan, "The Stalking Man"
1963:
Second Pakula-Mulligan production, "Love With a Proper Stranger", was success
1967:
Had box-office hit with "Up the Down Staricase", starring Sandy Dennis
1969:
Feature directorial debut, "The Sterile Cuckoo" (also produced)
1971:
Delivered top-notch detective-thriller cum character-study "Klute" (co-produced)
1971:
Delivered top-notch detective-thriller-cum-character-study "Klute"; also co-produced; steered Jane Fonda to a Best Actress Oscar
1974:
Helmed the underrated political thriller "The Parallax View", starring Warren Beatty
1976:
Received Best Director Oscar nomination for "All the President's Men"; Jason Robards received Best Supporting Actor Oscar
1978:
Reteamed with Jane Fonda and Jason Robards for the Western "Comes a Horseman"
1979:
Directed the serio-comic look at divorce "Starting Over", starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Jill Clayburgh
1981:
Third outing with Jane Fonda, the thriller "Rollover"
1982:
First feature screenplay credit, adapting "Sophie's Choice" from the William Styron novel; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; also directed and produced; star Meryl Streep won Best Actress Oscar
1990:
Directed film version of Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent" (also co-wrote with Frank Pierson)
1993:
Wrote, directed and produced "The Pelican Brief", adapted form the John Grisham novel
1997:
Shepherded the troubled "The Devil's Own" production to conclusion; rewarded for his pains by mostly positive reviews
1998:
Appeared as interviewee in Lifetime documentary, "Intimate Portrait: Katherine Graham"

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