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Also Known As: Kevin Hal Reynolds Died:
Born: January 17, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waco, Texas, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, attorney, political speech writer

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Though he had a promising start thanks to early support from Steven Spielberg, director Kevin Reynolds became sporadically successful in Hollywood, often in stormy but productive collaborations with actor Kevin Costner. After his student film "Proof" attracted the attention of Spielberg, Reynolds directed a feature-length version called "Fandango" (1985) with Costner in the lead. Though a box office dud, the film earned a reputation for being one of the more appreciated directorial debuts made in recent memory. Meanwhile, Reynolds got his feet wet the year before when his script for "Red Dawn" (1984) was made by John Milius. He went on to direct the little-known Cold War action flick, "The Beast" (1988), before having a huge box office hit with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). Reynolds next helmed the notoriously troubled "Waterworld" (1995), which earned considerable pre-release press for its costly overruns and delayed shooting schedule, not to mention a public falling out with Costner during post-production. Though the two would eventually kiss and make up, Reynolds struggled to regain his footing, especially after the commercial failure of the urban drama "187" (1997). He did direct a...

Though he had a promising start thanks to early support from Steven Spielberg, director Kevin Reynolds became sporadically successful in Hollywood, often in stormy but productive collaborations with actor Kevin Costner. After his student film "Proof" attracted the attention of Spielberg, Reynolds directed a feature-length version called "Fandango" (1985) with Costner in the lead. Though a box office dud, the film earned a reputation for being one of the more appreciated directorial debuts made in recent memory. Meanwhile, Reynolds got his feet wet the year before when his script for "Red Dawn" (1984) was made by John Milius. He went on to direct the little-known Cold War action flick, "The Beast" (1988), before having a huge box office hit with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). Reynolds next helmed the notoriously troubled "Waterworld" (1995), which earned considerable pre-release press for its costly overruns and delayed shooting schedule, not to mention a public falling out with Costner during post-production. Though the two would eventually kiss and make up, Reynolds struggled to regain his footing, especially after the commercial failure of the urban drama "187" (1997). He did direct a compelling adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), only to stumble once more with the underwhelming take on "Tristan & Isolde" (2006). Regardless of his ups and downs, Reynolds remained a viable director capable of helming compelling and commercially successful films.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Clavius (2015)
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  187 (1997) Director
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  Waterworld (1995) Director
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  Rapa Nui (1994) Director
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  Beast, The (1988) Director
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  Fandango (1985) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Informant, The (1998) Screaming Detective
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 Into the West (1993) 1st Journalist
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Practiced law in Austin, TX
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Wrote speeches for politicians
1979:
Moved to L.A. to attend USC's film school
1980:
Made a short film titled "Proof" about parachute jumping
1984:
Feature debut as screenwriter and story writer of John Milius' "Red Dawn"
1985:
Debut as a feature writer-director, "Fandango" from Amblin Entertainment; first collaboration with Kevin Costner
1986:
Made TV debut as screenwriter (from a Steven Spielberg story) with "You Gotta Believe Me," an episode of the fantasy anthology series "Amazing Stories" (NBC)
1988:
First directing assignment he did not script, "The Beast," a war film set in Afghanistan
1991:
Earned breakthrough commercial success with "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," starring Costner
1994:
Directed "Rapa Nui," an eccentric period heroic adventure executive produced by Costner
1995:
Quit post at the helm of the troubled production of sci-fi actioner "Waterworld" due to creative differences with star-producer Costner and studio MCA over the editing and content of the film just three months before the scheduled July 28th release date
1997:
Helmed the drama "187," starring Samuel L. Jackson
2001:
Directed the remake of "The Count of Monte Cristo," starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce
2006:
Directed the period drama "Tristan & Isolde"
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Education

Baylor University: Waco , Texas -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Texas Maritine Academy: -

Notes

"Progressing through a strange, heady mixture of ravishing spectacle and self-subverting camp humor, 'Rapa Nui' (the title is the islanders' name for their home) suggests an unholy alliance of Cecil B. DeMille's kitschily overscaled 'The Ten Commandments', F.W. Murnau's haunting, lyrical 'Tabu', and Leni Riefenstahl's body-worshipping 'Olympia'. Just when the film seems its most earnest, Reynolds will drop in a deflating, anachronistic punch line, apparently just for the pleasure of watching his elaborately constructed edifice shake." --From "'Rapa Nui' Camps Out on Easter Island" by Dave Kehr, DAILY NEWS, September 9, 1994.

"'Rapa Nui' establishes Reynolds as one of the few contemporary masters of the widescreen format."

"He uses strong diagonals and an incredible depth of field to create a series of highly charged, expressionistic spaces that make Easter Island look like a colony established by Dr. Caligari. His talent is great and so is the perversity of this intriguingly tortured, self-contradictory film." --From "'Rapa Nui' Camps Out on Easter Island" by Dave Kehr, DAILY NEWS, September 9, 1994.

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wife:
Cathy Reynolds.

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father:
Herbert Reynolds. Former president of Baylor University.
daughter:
Nicole Reynolds. Born c. 1993.
son:
Dylan Reynolds. Born c. 1995.

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