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Born: November 23, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: Writer ...
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Raised in the gated community of Rolling Hills, California
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Moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s
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Worked as a tuna fisherman while in college
1960:
First screenwriting credit (as Edward Wain), Roger Corman's "The Last Woman on Earth"; also acting debut (billed as Edward Wain)
1962:
Wrote four episodes for "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (CBS)
1964:
Wrote episodes for "The Outer Limits" (ABC), "Breaking Point" (ABC), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (NBC) and "The Richard Boone Show" (NBC)
1967:
Was member of Warren Beatty's production staff and made uncredited contributions to screenplay of "Bonnie and Clyde"; credited as special consultant
1968:
Co-scripted (with Sam Peckinpah) "Villa Rides", directed by Buzz Kulik
1971:
First feature collaboration with friend Jack Nicholson, acting in Nicholson's directing debut, "Drive, He Said"
1972:
Scripted one scene (where the mantle passes from Brando to Pacino) in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather"
1973:
Received first Oscar nomination for his adaptation of Darryl Ponicson's novel, "The Last Detail", directed by Hal Ashby; first feature collaboration with Nicholson as actor
1974:
Won Oscar for original screenplay for Roman Polanski's "Chinatown", starring Nicholson
1975:
Co-wrote (with Beatty) "Shampoo", directed by Ashby; earned third screenwriting Oscar nomination in as many years
1975:
With Paul Schrader, co-wrote "The Yakuza", directed by Sydney Pollack
1977:
Contributed uncredited "script-doctoring" to "Marathon Man", rewriting William Goldman (a master himself)
1982:
Film producing and directing debut, "Personal Best"
1984:
Took screenwriting credit for "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" as P H Vazak (his dog's name); had orinally intended to direct film, but fallout from his war with David Geffen on "Personal Best" led Warner Bros. to give the helm to Hugh Hudson; shared Oscar nomination with other credited writer Michael Austin
1987:
Portrayed Stan in James Toback's "The Pick-up Artist"
1987:
Executive produced "The Bedroom Window", directed by Curtis Harrington
1988:
Second film as writer-director, "Tequila Sunrise"
1990:
Scripted "Chinatown" sequel "The Two Jakes"; originally supposed to direct but replaced by Nicholson; friendship did not survive the flap
1990:
First association with Tom Cruise, "Days of Thunder"; co-wrote story with Cruise, then executed the screenplay
1993:
Collaborated with David Rabe and David Rayfiel on screenplay for "The Firm", adapted from the John Grisham novel; starred Cruise and directed by Sydney Pollack
1994:
Second screenwriting collaboration with Beatty, the disastrous remake "Love Affair"
1996:
Co-wrote "Mission: Impossible" with David Koepp for producer-star Cruise
1998:
Third film as writer-director, "Without Limits", produced by Cruise and Paula Wagner; second film in as many years about legendary runner Steve Prefontaine; co-wrote with Kenny Moore, former University of Oregon and 1972 Olympic teammate of Prefontaine
2000:
Penned the screenplay for "Mission: Impossible II," starring Tom Cruise and directed by John Woo
2006:
Helmed an adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel, "Ask the Dust," starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek

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