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Also Known As: Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. Died:
Born: August 21, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Coral Gables, Florida, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, actor, copywriter, advertising executive, shipping clerk

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Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973. Two years later, however, Wilson endeavored a career switch and became a writer for "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS 1972-78) by the following year. Ascending yet another professional ladder, Wilson soon graduated to status of producer for "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS 1976-78) before creating his own series altogether: "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS 1978-1982). Following his program's run, Wilson shifted his attention to movies, making his feature screenwriting debut with the Burt Reynolds-led comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and his feature directorial debut with the original "Police Academy" (1984). After a number of short-lived television projects throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Wilson wrote and directed popular moves including "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Blast from the Past" (1999), and "Dudley Do-Right" (1999). Around this period, Wilson began teaching screenwriting at the University of Virginia on an occasional basis. His final directing...

Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973. Two years later, however, Wilson endeavored a career switch and became a writer for "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS 1972-78) by the following year. Ascending yet another professional ladder, Wilson soon graduated to status of producer for "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS 1976-78) before creating his own series altogether: "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS 1978-1982). Following his program's run, Wilson shifted his attention to movies, making his feature screenwriting debut with the Burt Reynolds-led comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and his feature directorial debut with the original "Police Academy" (1984). After a number of short-lived television projects throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Wilson wrote and directed popular moves including "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Blast from the Past" (1999), and "Dudley Do-Right" (1999). Around this period, Wilson began teaching screenwriting at the University of Virginia on an occasional basis. His final directing credit was a baseball drama, "Mickey" (2004), starring Harry Connick Jr. and written by novelist John Grisham. Wilson died on Jan. 14, 2018 at the age of 74 following a battle with lung cancer.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Dudley Do-Right (1999) Director
2.
  Blast from the Past (1999) Director
3.
  First Wives Club, The (1996) Director
4.
  Guarding Tess (1994) Director
5.
  Burglar (1987) Director
6.
  Rustler's Rhapsody (1985) Director
7.
  Police Academy (1984) Director
8.
  Sunday in Paris (1991) Creator
9.
  Sunday in Paris (1991) Director
10.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blast from the Past (1999) Levy
2.
 One More Kiss (1999) Frank'S False Teeth
3.
 Guarding Tess (1994) Voice Of President
4.
 Burglar (1987) Customer At Mayday
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1997:
Co-wrote (with its director John Milius) TNT miniseries "Rough Riders", starring Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt
1985:
Parodied the Western genre in the lackluster "Rustler's Rhapsody", starring Tom Berenger
1998:
Produced John Shea's "Southie"
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Worked as a writer on the popular CBS sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show" in the mid-1970s
1988:
Acted the role of D. Wayne Thomas on the Jan. 18 episode of "Frank's Place"
1976:
Became an apprentice director at MTM Enterprises
1999:
Co-wrote, produced and directed "Blast from the Past", starring Brendan Fraser
1996:
Directed hit film "The First Wives' Club", adapted from Olivia Goldsmith's novel
1983:
First feature film work, writing the screenplay for "Stroker Ace"
1987:
Played a small role ('Customer at Mayday') in the feature "Burglar", which he also wrote and directed
2004:
Completed his final directorial work, the family friendly "Mickey", scripted by John Grisham
1994:
Co-scripted and helmed "Guarding Tess", starring Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine; also provided the voice of the President
:
First directed and produced for TV with the ABC sitcom "The Tony Randall Show"; also wrote for series
1987:
Created and executive produced the acclaimed CBS series "Frank's Place"; also wrote and directed the premiere episode
1978:
Created the CBS sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati", for which he also wrote, executive produced and directed
1991:
Helmed "The New WKRP in Cincinnati"
1999:
Gave a polish to the script and helmed "Dudley Do-Right", starring Fraser as the simpleminded titular Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, Sarah Jessica Parker as Nell and Alfred Molina as his nemesis Snidely Whiplash; characters based on the animated characters created by Jay Ward from "The Bullwinkle Show"
1984:
Made feature directing debut with "Police Academy", agreeing to write the film on condition he be allowed to direct it
1965:
Met future co-workers Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett while working as a shipping clerk at the Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1966:
Worked his way up from copywriter to president of Burton-Campbell Advertising
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Created sitcom "The Famous Teddy Z"
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Education

University of Florida: Gainesville, Florida - 1964

Notes

Awarded the 14th Annual Humanitas Prize by the Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, based in Los Angeles, for the episode "The Bridge" from the series "Frank's Place"; award included a prize of $10,000 (1988)

Received the Mentor Award from the National Association of Youth for the episode "Cool and the Gang" of the series "Frank's Place" (1988)

"I'd always thought I was a workaholic, but episodic television knocked that right out of me . . . I always love producing at the beginning and at the end. When I get in the middle of the season and I don't see the light at either end, I say, my God--television is like Sisyphus rolling the damn rock up the hill, and every Friday [when series taping is done] it rolls back down." --Hugh Wilson quoted in BROADCASTING, November 12, 1989

"I learned a lot from 'Police Academy', especially about physical comedy. The problem is if you start out with a lowbrow comedy like that, it becomes an albatross. And if people want to sneer . . . I met Oliver Stone once at a party and he said something like, 'Oh, Hugh Wilson, yes: "Police Academy" . . .' I didn't say anything back." --Hugh Wilson to NEW YORK POST, February 17, 1999

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wife:
Charters Wilson. Married in 1976.

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father:
Hugh Hamilton Wilson Sr.
child:
Cannon Wilson. Born c. 1973.
child:
Price Wilson. Born c. 1984.
daughter:
Maggie Wilson. Born c. 1986.
son:
Patrick Wilson. Born c. 1988.
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