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Born: January 18, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Left school at age 16, going into partnership with a friend to open what became a thriving dry-cleaning business
1951:
Served in British Army
1955:
Began working for Independent Television News as assitant editor; while there launched ITN magazine program "Day by Day"
1958:
Moved to Southern Television; began producing documentaries
1960:
Moved to BBC-TV, where he became head of the Documentary Film Unit in Bristol
1965:
Feature film directing debut, "Having a Wild Weekend/Catch Us If You Can"
1966:
Made documentary on D.W. Griffith, "The Great Director," for BBC
1967:
US directing debut, "Point Blank", a gangster film starring Lee Marvin; subsequently hailed as a genre landmark
1968:
Reteamed with Marvin for "Hell in the Pacific", also starring Toshiro Mifune
1969:
First screenwriting credit, "Leo the Last", starring Marcello Mastroianni; also directed; a hit in France, it was a box-office disaster in Britain and America
1972:
Made a strong recovery directing "Deliverance"; first credit as producer but would produce all pictures from here on; received two Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director
1974:
Wrote and directed "Zardoz", an unconventional piece of science fiction starring Sean Connery
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Served as Chairman of the National Film Studios of Ireland
1977:
Bombed horribly with sequel, "Exorcist II: The Heretic"
1981:
Achieved dream project, a film based on Arthurian legend, "Excaliber"
1985:
Had box office success with "The Emerald Forest"; completely convincing performance by director's son Charley as the kidnapped son raised by rain forest Indians
1985:
Became governor of British Film Institute
1987:
Scored a hit with "Hope and Glory", an autobiographical tale of growing up in Britain during "the Blitz"; served as narrator, in addition to directing, writing and producing; received three Oscar nominations
1990:
Became a co-editor and contributor to PROJECTIONS, an annual British film journal (date approximate)
1991:
Made a remarkable one-hour film, "I Dreamt I Woke Up", a personal essay-meditation on cinema, landscape and myth made for a BBC Scotland series, "The Director's Place"
1994:
Named Commander of the British Empire
1995:
Returned to tropical environs and political realities for "Beyond Rangoon"
1995:
US TV directing debut, "Two Nudes Bathing" segment of Showtime's "Picture Windows"
1998:
Named Best Director at Cannes Filme Festival for "The General" (also wrote screenplay); black-and-white film (first since his debut feature) reteamed him with actor Jon Voight
1998:
Helmed "Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman" (aired on AMC in November)
2001:
Helmed "The Tailor of Panama" based on the John Le Carre novel
2005:
Produced and Directed "Country of My Skull" starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche

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