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Born: March 1, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, TV newscaster

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For Phil Alden Robinson, 1984 was a turning point in his career. The Long Island native had toiled for almost a decade, first as an on-air newscaster and later making educational and industrial films as well as commercials before he broke into the Hollywood mainstream with a pair of comic features, the box-office hit "All of Me" and the less than stellar pairing of Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone in "Rhinestone". According to the screenwriter, the experience of making the former was a rare case where the author was welcomed (undoubtedly in part because director Carl Reiner and star Steve Martin both had writing credits).

For Phil Alden Robinson, 1984 was a turning point in his career. The Long Island native had toiled for almost a decade, first as an on-air newscaster and later making educational and industrial films as well as commercials before he broke into the Hollywood mainstream with a pair of comic features, the box-office hit "All of Me" and the less than stellar pairing of Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone in "Rhinestone". According to the screenwriter, the experience of making the former was a rare case where the author was welcomed (undoubtedly in part because director Carl Reiner and star Steve Martin both had writing credits).

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  Sum of All Fears, The (2002) Director
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  Freedom Song (2000) Director
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  Sneakers (1992) Director
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  Field Of Dreams (1989) Director
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  In the Mood (1987) Director

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Wrote and directed training films for the U.S. Air Force
1974:
Worked as a TV newscaster in Schenectady, New York
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Made industrial films and commercials; also worked in radio
1979:
Wrote two episodes for "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS)
1983:
First screenplay to go into production, "All of Me" (released September 1984)
1984:
First film to be released, "Rhinestone" (co-writer; also provided story and penned a song); released theatrically in June
1985:
Made directorial debut with two episodes of the CBS variety series "The George Burns Comedy Week"
1987:
Feature directorial debut with "In the Mood"; also wrote screenplay, co-conceived the story and wrote one of the songs
1989:
Penned the screenplay for and directed the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Field of Dreams"; received Academy Award nomination for script
1992:
Wrote and directed the comedy thriller "Sneakers"
1992:
Accompanied United Nations High Commission for Refugees to Bosnia and Somalia; made five documentaries drawn from those experiences that were presented on ABC's "Nightline"
2000:
First produced project in eight years, the based-on-fact civil rights-themed TV-movie "Freedom Song" (TNT); wrote, directed and served as executive producer
2001:
Helmed an episode of the HBO WWII drama "Band of Brothers"
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Directed "The Sum of All Fears" (lensed 2001), the fourth film to feature the character of Jack Ryan (now played by Ben Affleck) and based on the Tom Clancy novel
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Education

Union College: Schenectady , New York - 1971

Notes

"I am a world-class procrastinator." --Phil Alden Robinson in an e-mail interview with Robert J Elisberg posted at the Writers Guld of America Web site (www.wga.org/craft/interviews/robinson.html)

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