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Also Known As: William Oliver Stone Died:
Born: September 15, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, cab driver, teacher (Free Pacific Institute, Vietnam)

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Perhaps one of most controversial and politically-charged directors of his generation, Oliver Stone has made some of the most seminal and enduring films of any time. With one foot consistently in the 1960s, Stone traveled back in time on numerous films to present his unflinching take on a turbulent time wrought with sex, drugs and an endless war. Though he directed his first film in 1974 and earned an Academy Award for screenwriting four years later, he would have to wait until "Platoon" (1986) in order to gain name recognition and grudging industry respect. But once he was on the map, Stone made a string of exceptional films that cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most unique and compelling directors, thanks to "Wall Street" (1987), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "J.F.K." (1991). Because of his anti-establishment bent - brought about by two tours in Vietnam and a short stint in prison on smuggling charges - many of Stone's critics automatically dismissed a bulk of his films as being nothing more than the paranoid rantings of a conspiracy theory nut. Sober examination, however, revealed not paranoia, but a man uniquely concerned with the destructive actions of the country he loved....

Perhaps one of most controversial and politically-charged directors of his generation, Oliver Stone has made some of the most seminal and enduring films of any time. With one foot consistently in the 1960s, Stone traveled back in time on numerous films to present his unflinching take on a turbulent time wrought with sex, drugs and an endless war. Though he directed his first film in 1974 and earned an Academy Award for screenwriting four years later, he would have to wait until "Platoon" (1986) in order to gain name recognition and grudging industry respect. But once he was on the map, Stone made a string of exceptional films that cemented his place as one of Hollywood's most unique and compelling directors, thanks to "Wall Street" (1987), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "J.F.K." (1991). Because of his anti-establishment bent - brought about by two tours in Vietnam and a short stint in prison on smuggling charges - many of Stone's critics automatically dismissed a bulk of his films as being nothing more than the paranoid rantings of a conspiracy theory nut. Sober examination, however, revealed not paranoia, but a man uniquely concerned with the destructive actions of the country he loved. Though some of his films veered in focus - namely "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "U-Turn" (1997) and "Alexander" (2004) - there was no doubting Stone's well earned place in cinematic history.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Savages (2012)
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  W. (2008)
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  Looking for Fidel (2004) Director
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  Alexander (2004) Director
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  Comandante (2003) Director
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  Any Given Sunday (1999) Director
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  U Turn (1997) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Casting By (2013)
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 Any Given Sunday (1999) Tug Kowalski--Television Announcer No 1
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 Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) Himself
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 Dave (1993) Himself
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 Last Party, The (1993) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

1965:
Taught English at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam
1967:
Served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam; specifically requested combat duty
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Received Bronze Star for "extraordinary acts of courage under fire" and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster
1968:
Returned to the U.S. and enrolled in film school at New York University
1970:
Recevied first feature credit, providing photography for documentary compilation "Street Scenes"
1970:
Directed a short student film entitled "Last Year in Vietnam"
1971:
Worked as a NYC cab driver
1974:
Made feature writing and directorial debut, "Seizure"
1978:
Wrote the award-winning screenplay adaptation for "Midnight Express"
1981:
Made feature acting debut as a bum in "The Hand"; also wrote screenplay and directed
1986:
First gained prominence as a filmmaker with the success of "Salvador"; feature debut as producer; also wrote and directed
1986:
Helmed the Academy Award-winning Vietnam film "Platoon"
1987:
Directed and wrote the highly acclaimed "Wall Street," starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen
1988:
Directed the drama "Talk Radio" about a controversial 'shock jock'
1989:
Helmed the award-winning "Born on the Fourth of July," based on the life of Vietnam veteran and political activist Ron Kovic, who also co-scripted with Stone
1989:
Formed Ixtlan Productions
1990:
Produced the well-received "Reversal of Fortune," starring Jeremy Irons as Claus von B├╝low
1991:
Directed film about the 1960s rock band "The Doors," starring Val Kilmer as lead singer and composer Jim Morrison
1991:
Helmed the controversial drama "JFK"; film examined the events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and alleged subsequent cover-up through the eyes of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison
1991:
Made feature debut as executive producer, "Iron Maze"
1992:
Featured as subject of a Showtime TV documentary "Oliver Stone: Inside Out"
1993:
First TV credit as executive producer, "Wild Palms" (ABC)
1993:
Helmed the true story of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese girl whose life is drastically affected by the war in "Heaven & Earth"
1993:
Executive produced "The Joy Luck Club," based on the novel by Amy Tan
1994:
Directed the satirical film "Natural Born Killers," about serial killers and the media; story by Quentin Tarantino
1995:
Executive produced the HBO film "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"
1995:
Directed and scripted "Nixon," starring Anthony Hopkins as the former U.S. president
1996:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (March)
1996:
Produced "The People vs. Larry Flynt"; directed by Milos Foreman
1997:
Directed Sean Penn and Jennifer Lopez in "U-Turn"
1999:
Helmed the football-themed drama "Any Given Sunday"
2001:
Served as executive producer of the Showtime movie "The Day Reagan Was Shot"
2003:
Directed and Produced "Comandante," a documentary on his meeting with Castro
2004:
Helmed the epic "Alexander," staring Colin Farrell in the title role
2004:
Directed the HBO documentary "Looking for Fidel," a follow-up to "Comandante," the 2003 documentary on the Cuban leader
2006:
Helmed "World Trade Center," the true story of two police officers who were trapped in the rubble on Sept. 11, 2001
2008:
Directed the controversial biopic about George W. Bush "W."; also co-wrote and produced
2009:
Directed the documentary feature "South of the Border"
2010:
Directed, produced, wrote, and made a cameo (as an art buyer) in the long-awaited sequel "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"; Michael Douglas returned to play his Academy Award-winning role as Gordon Gekko
2012:
Directed the ensemble crime drama "Savages," featuring John Travolta and Salma Hayek; also co-wrote screenplay based on a novel by Don Winslow
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Education

The Hill School: Pottstown , Pennsylvania - 1964
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1965
New York University: New York , New York - 1971

Notes

Stone was awarded France's Order of Arts and Letters (1992).

Stone was presented with the "Director of the Decade" Award by the Chicago International Film Festival (1992).

In June 1999, Stone was arrested for DWI. When the police stopped him, they reportedly also discovered hashish in the car.

"In 1992, three years after Stone optioned (Le Ly) Hayslip's first book, and after they had spent weeks visiting her mother's house in Ky La, she took Stone to her master, a Buddhist monk in California, who put the lapsed Catholic through a soul cleansing ritual called Quy Y and gave him a Buddhist name, Minh Duc, which, a shock to his foes, means 'virtue and brilliance'.---From "The Road to 'Heaven and Earth'" by Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times Calendar, December 23, 1993.

Describing his then upcoming project, a $30 million satire entitled "Natural Born Killers", Oliver Stone made the following comparisons:

"It's in the vein of 'Scarface'... because of its large-scale portrait of criminality. It deals with the death penalty and the prison system in passing. It's [also] a slumming road picture in the vein of 'Salvador'. It's violence in the media and the American way of death. It's Peckinpah meets Kubrick, not that I'm that good, but if I was, it would be somewhere in that zone."

---"Stone Giving Berth to Tarantino 'Killers'", Daily Variety, March 19, 1993.

Graham Fuller: You pack it all in there in that closing montage: the Menendez trial, Tonya, Waco, Lorena Bobbitt, O.J. Simpson.

Oliver Stone: Tragedy has become the new soap opera, and it hasn't enhanced our ability to empathize at all. Instead, it's made us callous. The concept of television as gladiator game, as spectacle, has densensitized the audience and made our society 'the Great Yawn,' as Octavio Paz called it. Unsatiated, insensitive to pain, needing more and more, because nothing shocks anymore... "

---From "Oliver Stone's Killer Instinct", an Interview piece by Graham Fuller

"I wanted to have fun," [Stone] said. "And I really wanted to do a combination of a road movie, like "Bonnie and Clyde", and "Easy Rider", and a prison film, like "The Great Escape" and "Papillon".

"It's such an outrageous story," he said. "And in the time between optioning the film and making it, tremendous things have happened on America's landscape." Mr. Stone insisted that some of his other films, such as "Scarface", "J.F.K." and "Platoon", were far more violent than "Natural Born Killers". Those earlier films, he said, were realistic, while his current one is not.

"There's not a gruesome scene in the film," he said, making a point that's highly debatable.

"It's a love-it-or-hate-it movie," he said.

No one is likely to argue with that.

---From "How a Movie Satire Turned Into Reality" by Bernard Weinraub in The New York Times, August 16, 1994.

"I would imagine that if Oliver Stone showed his movie to a thousand people and a thousand people didn't exactly get the point that he was trying to make, he would think he failed. To me the best thing about him is his energy. But his biggest problem is that his obviousness cancels out his energy and his energy pumps up his obviousness. He's Stanley Kramer with style."---Quentin Tarantino's take on Stone, from Premiere, November 1994.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Majwa Sarkis. Married May 22, 1971, divorced 1977.
wife:
Elizabeth Burkit Cox. Production assistant. Married June 6, 1981; filed for divorce August 1993.
companion:
Chong Son Chong. Together from c. 1993; born c. 1959; mother of Stone's daughter Tara.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Louis Stone. Stockbroker. American; Jewish; failed playwright; poet; died in 1986.
mother:
Jacqueline Stone. French; Catholic; WWII war bride; "Heaven and Earth" is dedicated to her; Stone was their only child.
son:
Sean Stone. Born c. 1984; mother Elizabeth Cox Stone; has appeared in "Salvador" (1986), "Wall Street", "Born on the Fourth of July (1989), "JFK" (1991), and "The Doors" (1991).
son:
Michael Stone. Mother Elizabeth Cox Stone; born c. 1991.
daughter:
Tara Chong. Born November 3, 1995; mother Chong Son Chong.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Stone"
"Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film" Cinema Books
"A Child's Night Dreams" St. Martin's Press
"Oliver Stone's USA: Film, History, Controversy" University of Kansas Press
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