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Also Known As: Alan Smithee Died:
Born: July 10, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: director, writer, assistant director, longshoreman

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This leading figure of the Czech new wave co-scripted all of Milos Forman's native films before making his directorial debut with the acclaimed medium-length study of football fanaticism, "A Boring Afternoon" (1964). Passer's subsequent output displayed a Forman-like ability to capture the absurdity of everyday life and--as evinced by his highly-regarded first feature, "Intimate Lighting" (1965)--a sure feel for the uses of music in film. Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Passer moved first to Western Europe, at the invitation of Carlo Ponti, and then to the US. He has made a number of modest, quirky films, the most successful of which, "Cutter's Way" (1981), an off-beat study of a group of drifters, became something of a cult favorite.In the 90s, Passer turned to the small screen first helming the made-for-cable "Fourth Story" (Showtime, 1991) and earning critical praise for his handling of the 1992 HBO biopic "Stalin", starring Robert Duvall. Subsequently, he directed the miniseries version of "Kidnapped" (Family Channel, 1995).

This leading figure of the Czech new wave co-scripted all of Milos Forman's native films before making his directorial debut with the acclaimed medium-length study of football fanaticism, "A Boring Afternoon" (1964). Passer's subsequent output displayed a Forman-like ability to capture the absurdity of everyday life and--as evinced by his highly-regarded first feature, "Intimate Lighting" (1965)--a sure feel for the uses of music in film. Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Passer moved first to Western Europe, at the invitation of Carlo Ponti, and then to the US. He has made a number of modest, quirky films, the most successful of which, "Cutter's Way" (1981), an off-beat study of a group of drifters, became something of a cult favorite.

In the 90s, Passer turned to the small screen first helming the made-for-cable "Fourth Story" (Showtime, 1991) and earning critical praise for his handling of the 1992 HBO biopic "Stalin", starring Robert Duvall. Subsequently, he directed the miniseries version of "Kidnapped" (Family Channel, 1995).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Nomad (2006)
2.
  Picnic (2000) Director
3.
  Wishing Tree, The (2000) Director
4.
  Colors of Love, The (1994) Director
5.
  While Justice Sleeps (1994) Director
6.
  Stalin (1992) Director
7.
  Fourth Story (1991) Director
8.
  Haunted Summer (1988) Director
9.
  Creator (1985) Director
10.
  Cutter's Way (1981) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sametova Kocovina (2001) Himself
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1961:
Assistant director on Milos Forman's "Audition"
1965:
Screenwriting debut, Milos Forman's "Lasky Jedne Plavovlasky"
1969:
Moved to New York City
1971:
US directorial debut "Born to Win"
1981:
Helmed "Cutter's Way," an off-beat study of a group of drifters
1985:
Directed Peter O'Toole in "Creator"
1991:
American TV directorial debut, "Fourth Story" (Showtime)
1992:
Directed the HBO TV-movie "Stalin" about the life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator
1999:
Directed Alfre Woodard in "The Wishing Tree"
2007:
Co-directed "Nomad," a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan (uncredited)
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