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Born: July 24, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA Profession: Director ...
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Moved extensively around the country with his parents as a child before settling in Darien, CT
1967:
Landed a summer advertising job on NYC's Madison Ave. at age 16
1968:
As an art student, discovered the work of Andy Warhol; inspired to start making films
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Shot his first painterly, animated films with an 8 millimeter Kodak
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Moved to Portland, OR at age 17 with family
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Collaborated with future cinematographer Eric Edwards in high school film project "The Happy Organ"
1976:
Worked as an assistant to Ken Shapiro ("Groove Tube"), working on comedy scripts
1978:
Received credit for the sound on the comedy film "Property"
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Made feature film directing debut in "Alice in Hollywood," an attempted screwball comedy that was never released
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Moved back in with parents back in Darien, CT and worked for his father in a New Jersey warehouse
1981:
Moved to New York; created commercials for a Madison Ave. advertising firm
1982:
Short film "The Discipline of D.E." debuted at New York Film Festival
1983:
Returned to Portland, OR to write and direct films, commercials and music videos; also briefly taught film production at the Oregon Art Institute
1986:
Wrote, edited, and produced first widely acclaimed feature "Mala Noche"
1989:
Directed first film with a sizable budget "Drugstore Cowboy," made between $4 and $7 million; also first feature in color
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Made rare TV appearance, interviewed by film critic Charles Champlin on "Champlin on Film" on Bravo
1991:
Wrote first original feature film screenplay "My Own Private Idaho"; also directed
1992:
Directed TV short "Thanksgiving Prayer," a segment of PBS compilation special "American Flash Cards"
1993:
Signed a contract with The Gap to film commercials
1993:
Helmed an adaptation of Tom Robbins' novel "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1995:
Executive produced first film, Larry Clark's "Kids"
1995:
Directed first film he did not write,"To Die For" starring Nicole Kidman
1997:
Helmed mainstream drama "Good Will Hunting," co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; received first Best Director Academy Award nomination
1998:
Signed to make a color version of "Psycho" using Joseph Stefano's original script
2000:
Directed Sean Connery in "Finding Forrester," about an African-American teen writing prodigy who finds a mentor in a reclusive author
2002:
Directed "Gerry," which starred and was written by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
2003:
Wrote and directed "Elephant," which was inspired by the mass shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director
2005:
Helmed "Last Days," loosely based on the final hours of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain
2006:
Wrote and directed "Le Marais" segment of film anthology "Paris, je t'aime"
2007:
Helmed "Paranoid Park," a film about a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Director
2008:
Directed "Milk," a biography of openly gay San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn)
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film ("Milk")
2009:
Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Directing ("Milk")
2011:
Directed Mia Wasikowska, playing a terminally ill teenage girl in "Restless"
2011:
Executive produced Starz crime drama series "Boss," starring Kelsey Grammer
2012:
Directed "Promised Land"; film co-written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski based on a story by Dave Eggers

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