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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 3, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: actor, director, producer

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This son of noted character actor Lloyd Bochner made his film debut as the oldest son of George C Scott in "Islands in the Stream" (1976), adapted from the unfinished Hemingway novel. His chiseled good looks, thick dark hair and soulful brown eyes made him a natural to play charming cads, and Hart Bochner began honing that screen persona as the preppie nemesis to Dennis Christopher in the Oscar-nominated sleeper "Breaking Away" (1979). Along those same lines, he went on to portray Doc, the sinister and scheming medical student in the Canadian thriller "Terror Train" (1980) before "Rich and Famous" (1981), George Cukor's remake of 1943's "Old Acquaintance", allowed him to display a sexier side as the journalist lover of the slightly older Jacqueline Bisset. Unfortunately, "Supergirl" (1984) reduced him to beefcake, and his other film that year, "The Wild Life", was an unsuccessful attempt to clone "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and did nothing for his career.

This son of noted character actor Lloyd Bochner made his film debut as the oldest son of George C Scott in "Islands in the Stream" (1976), adapted from the unfinished Hemingway novel. His chiseled good looks, thick dark hair and soulful brown eyes made him a natural to play charming cads, and Hart Bochner began honing that screen persona as the preppie nemesis to Dennis Christopher in the Oscar-nominated sleeper "Breaking Away" (1979). Along those same lines, he went on to portray Doc, the sinister and scheming medical student in the Canadian thriller "Terror Train" (1980) before "Rich and Famous" (1981), George Cukor's remake of 1943's "Old Acquaintance", allowed him to display a sexier side as the journalist lover of the slightly older Jacqueline Bisset. Unfortunately, "Supergirl" (1984) reduced him to beefcake, and his other film that year, "The Wild Life", was an unsuccessful attempt to clone "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and did nothing for his career.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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2.
  High School High (1996) Director
3.
  PCU (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Baby for Sale (2004) Steve Johnson
3.
4.
 Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) Professor Solomon
5.
 Anywhere But Here (1999) Josh Spritzer
6.
 Innocent, The (1993) Russell
7.
 Complex of Fear (1993) Ray Dolan
8.
 Mad At the Moon (1992) Miller Brown
9.
 Mr. Destiny (1990) Niles Pender
10.
 Apartment Zero (1988) Jack Carney
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Milestones close milestones

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Acting debut in a TV commercial for Kool-Aid
1976:
Film debut in "Islands in the Stream", playing the eldest son of a sculptor (George C Scott)
1979:
Played the preppie nemesis to Dennis Christopher in "Breaking Away"
1980:
TV-movie debut in "Haywire" (CBS), playing Bill Hayward
1980:
Appeared as a younger man involved with Jacqueline Bisset in "Rich and Famous"
1981:
Initial TV collaboration with Jane Seymour, played her adult son Aron Trask in the ABC miniseries "John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden'"
1982:
Grew a beard to play Dyan Cannon's young husband in the ABC TV-movie about a female bigamist "Having It All"
1982:
Made stage debut in Los Angeles production of "The Wager"
1984:
Reteamed with Seymour for the NBC miniseries "Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises'", this time playing Jake Barnes to her Lady Brett Ashley
1988:
Cast as Byron Henry opposite Seymour as his wife Natalie in the epic ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"; Jan-Michael Vincent and Ali MacGraw had created roles in "The Winds of War"
1988:
Had small role as a smarmy businessman in "Die Hard"
1988:
Played first leading role in features in "Apartment Zero", directed by Martin Donovan
1990:
First screen collaboration with Jon Lovitz, "Mr. Destiny"
1991:
Co-starred in the murder mystery "And the Sea Will Tell" (CBS)
1992:
Wrote, produced and directed the short "The Buzz", featuring Jon Lovitz
1992:
Reteamed with Martin Donovan for "Mad at the Moon"
1993:
Portrayed a cop investigating a series of rapes at an apartment complex in the CBS movie "Complex of Fear"
1994:
Feature directorial debut, "PCU"
1995:
Cast as member of the Ku Klux Klan in the period drama "Children of the Dust" (CBS)
1996:
Helmed second feature "High School High", starring Lovitz
1999:
Returned to features as Bridget Fonda's boyfriend in "The Break Up"; aired on Cinemax in lieu of a theatrical release
1999:
Enjoyed a one-night stand with Susan Sarandon (who read much more into it) in Wayne Wang's "Anywhere But Here"
2000:
Portrayed Professor Solomon in John Ottman's feature directing debut, "Urban Legends: Final Cut"
2001:
Had featured role in "Investigating Sex"
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Education

University of California at San Diego: San Diego , California - 1978

Notes

On his switch from acting to directing with "PCU": "This was the greatest year of my life. I hope this is what I can continue to do. I don't care--I'll shoot an Alpo commercial." --Hart Bochner quoted in Premiere, March 1994

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lloyd Bochner. Actor. Born on July 29, 1924 in Toronto; prolific actor much on TV, especially in roles as roues and schemers; appeared as a regular on "Hong Kong" (ABC, 1960-61), "The Richard Boone Show" (NBC, 1963-64), "Santa Barbara" (NBC), "Dynasty" (ABC) and "1st and Ten: Bulls Mean Business" (HBO, 1988-89).

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