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Also Known As: Derek Thomas Died:
Born: July 30, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kingston, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, producer, critic, film programmer

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The Peter Bogdanovich story is a Hollywood tale through and through, replete with memorable associations and fantastic success mitigated by mediocrity, tragedy and bankruptcy. Though his talent was never as great as the hubris that allowed him to believe his own press clippings and compare himself to Orson Welles after critics called his breakout movie, "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "the most impressive work by a young American director since 'Citizen Kane'," he did enjoy a brief run as a 70s wunderkind before slipping into a Welles-like decline that made his earlier words ("I hope I'm not repeating what happened to Orson") almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, Bogdanovich's eye for younger ladies separated him from perhaps his greatest asset (first wife Polly Platt whose production designs and story input played no small part in his greatest triumphs) and ultimately proved to be his Achilles' heel to tragedy, while living fabulously above his means and avoiding fiscal responsibilities led to the second of his two bankruptcies.

The Peter Bogdanovich story is a Hollywood tale through and through, replete with memorable associations and fantastic success mitigated by mediocrity, tragedy and bankruptcy. Though his talent was never as great as the hubris that allowed him to believe his own press clippings and compare himself to Orson Welles after critics called his breakout movie, "The Last Picture Show" (1971), "the most impressive work by a young American director since 'Citizen Kane'," he did enjoy a brief run as a 70s wunderkind before slipping into a Welles-like decline that made his earlier words ("I hope I'm not repeating what happened to Orson") almost a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, Bogdanovich's eye for younger ladies separated him from perhaps his greatest asset (first wife Polly Platt whose production designs and story input played no small part in his greatest triumphs) and ultimately proved to be his Achilles' heel to tragedy, while living fabulously above his means and avoiding fiscal responsibilities led to the second of his two bankruptcies.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Cat's Meow, The (2001) Director
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  Saintly Switch, A (1999) Director
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  Price of Heaven, The (1997) Director
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  To Sir With Love II (1996) Director
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  Thing Called Love, The (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 You Are Here (2014)
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 Too Late (2013)
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 Pasadena (2013)
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 Casting By (2013)
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 Healer, The (2012)
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 Abandoned (2010)
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 Queen of the Lot (2010)
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 Humboldt County (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1956:
Performed with American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut
1958:
Acted with New York Shakespeare Festival
1958:
Began writing film criticism for publications including <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>Esquire</i> and <i>Film Culture</i>
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Worked as a film programmer for the New Yorker Theater in Manhattan
1959:
Directed and co-produced the Off-Broadway staging of "The Big Knife"
1961:
Wrote monographs for the Museum of Modern Art Film Library on Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks
1964:
Moved to California
1966:
Hired as second unit director by Roger Corman for "Wild Angels"; claims to have done rewrites (uncredited), location scouting and editing; was hired after Corman read some of his film criticism
1966:
First feature film credit (as additional sequence director and narrator), "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" (credited as Derek Thomas)
1968:
Feature directing and producing debut, "Targets," starring Boris Karloff and executive produced by Corman (also wrote and acted)
1971:
Release of first documentary, "Directed by John Ford" (commissioned by the American Film Institute)
1971:
Won acclaim for directing "The Last Picture Show"; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay (shared with Larry McMurtry)
1972:
Produced and directed "What's Up, Doc?" co-starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand
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Formed the Directors Company with Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin
1973:
Again collaborated with O'Neal for "Paper Moon" (produced and directed); also co-starred a 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal who picked up a Supporting Actress Oscar; was the Directors Company's first offering
1974:
Provided companion Cybil Shepard with a starring vehicle, "Daisy Miller"; film received lackluster critical reception
1976:
Wrote and directed the heartfelt valentine to early days of moviemaking, "Nickelodeon"; third film with Ryan O'Neal; second with Tatum O'Neal
1979:
Made a movie version of Paul Theroux's novel "Saint Jack"
1981:
Released "They All Laughed"after Dorothy Stratten's murder; wrote screenplay and contributed music, in addition to directing; distributed film himself after failing to find a distributor due to the negative publicity surrounding the Stratten murder
1984:
Published the memoir, <i>The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten</i>
1985:
Directed the well received drama "Mask" co-starring Cher and Eric Stoltz
1986:
Founded Crescent Moon Productions, Inc.
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Weekly film commentator for the CBS News program, "CBS This Morning"
1990:
Returned to "Last Picture Show" territory with the sequel "Texasville" (produced, directed and scripted); was a critical and box office failure
1992:
Translated the door-slamming British sex farce from the stage to the screen as director of "Noises Off"
1993:
Directed "The Thing Called Love," about a country singer-songwriter who wants to make it big in Nashville; one of River Phoenix's last roles
1995:
Helmed segments of the Showtime anthology series' "Picture Windows" and "Fallen Angels"
1996:
Directed a television sequel to 1967 feature film "To Sir With Love" (CBS) with Sidney Poitier reprising his role
1997:
Helmed another CBS movie, "The Price of Heaven"
1998:
Appeared as the leader of therapy group in "Mr. Jealousy"; co-starred and produced by Eric Stoltz
1998:
Had a cameo appearance in the feature "54"
2000:
Returned to acting, playing the recurring role of Dr. Melfi's (Lorraine Bracco) psychotherapist in the HBO series "The Sopranos"; also directed a fifth season episode of the series
2001:
Returned to directing features with "The Cat's Meow" (released theatrically in 2002)
2003:
Had a supporting role as a fictional version of himself in the Showtime comedy series "Out of Order"
2006:
Cast in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
2007:
Appeared in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut, "Broken English"
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Education

Collegiate School: New York , New York -
Stella Adler Conservatory: New York , New York - 1954 - 1958

Notes

"I always looked at them [Bogdanovich and Polly Platt] like a replay of the old saying about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: 'He gave her class, she gave him sex.' With Peter and Polly, it was: 'He gave her the nerve, she gave him all her best ideas.'" --an unidentified former friend of the couple, quoted in Movieline, c. 1995.

"I think [Fritz] Lang said he was advised don't have an affair with an actress. And Lang said, 'I didn't listen.' And I thought when I was doing the interview, I didn't know what was in store. That was five years before "The Last Picture Show" (and the affair with Cybill Shepherd). Well, it's an occupational hazard--you're creating somebody in a way." --Peter Bogdanovich to the Los Angeles Times, May 15, 1997.

" ... The generation that we're dealing with in my book, which covers 16 directors who were born between 1885 and 1924, grew up either with no films or silent films. Silent film was a medium in which the goal was to convey everything visually without dialogue and without titles.

"When sound came in, the whole question of 'how do you convey this fleeting thought, this plot point, this nuance of character visually' became, 'What kind of dialogue can we write?' There's the difference right there. It's only because the great veterans of the silent era--most of them--continued well into the talking era that the talkies from '29 to '61 or '62 had as much visual power and impact as they did. Despite the fact that sound or dialogue came to dominate, the most effective moments in all their films are still silent moments, and they knew that." --Bogdanovich in Moviemaker, January 1998.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Polly Platt. Production designer. Married in 1962; divorced in 1970; worked on his movies "Targets" through "Paper Moon"; mother of Bogdanovich's two children.
companion:
Cybill Shepherd. Actor. Together for eight years; relationship began during filming of "The Last Picture Show".
companion:
Dorothy Stratten. Model. Murdered by husband after he discovered her relationship with Bogdanovich; subject of Bob Fosse's biopic "Star 80" (1983); acted in "They All Laughed".
wife:
Louise Beatrice Hoogstraten. Actor. Born c. 1970; married on December 30, 1988; half-sister of Dorothy Stratten; credited in two movies as L B Straten; separated on February 16, 2001; she filed for divorce in March 2001.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Borislav Bogdanovich. Post-impressionist painter.
mother:
Herma Bogdanovich.
brother:
Antony Bogdanovich. Died in 1938 from burns sustained when mother accidentally spilled scalding soup on him.
daughter:
Antonia Bogdanovich. Photographer, actor. Born c. 1967; worked on "Texasville".
daughter:
Alexandra Welles Bogdanovich. Actor. Born c. 1970.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Cinema of Orson Welles" Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art
"The Cinema of Howard Hawks" Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art
"The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock" Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art
"John Ford" University of California Press
"Fritz Lang in America" Praeger
"Allan Dwan - The Last Pioneer" Praeger
"Pieces of Time" Arbor House
"Bogdanovich's Picture Shows" Scarecrow Press
"The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten (1960-1980)" William Morrow
"This Is Orson Welles" HarperCollins
"Picture Shows: The Life and Films of Peter Bogdanovich" Limelight Editions
"A Moment with Miss Gish" Saint Teresa Press
"Who the Devil Made It?: Conversations with Robert Aldrich, George Cukor, Allan Dwan, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Chuck Jones, Fritz Lang, Joseph H. Lewis, Sidney Lumet, Leo McCarey, Otto Preminger, Don Siegel, Josef von Sternberg, Frank Tashlin, Edgar G. Ulmer, Raoul Walsh" Alfred A. Knopf
"Peter Bogdanovich's Movie of the Week: 52 Classic Forms for One Full Year" Ballantine
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