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Born: May 25, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, director

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At once genial and candid, producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler brought to the big screen some of the most iconic films - as well as a few duds - in the history of motion pictures. Though he had made films inside the Hollywood studio system, Winkler has been more than happy to express his disappointment with the ever-increasing corporatization of the business and the lack of creative risk-taking that was par for the course when he came of age in the late 1960s. Though turning to directing after decades of producing alleviated some of the frustration and allowed him to take creative control, Winkler still battled producers and studio executives in a business more concerned with quarterly results than artistic triumph. With producing credits that included "Rocky" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980) and "Goodfellas" (1990), Winkler landed a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, assuring his stature as one of the steadiest, though unsung, filmmakers in the late 20th century.

At once genial and candid, producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler brought to the big screen some of the most iconic films - as well as a few duds - in the history of motion pictures. Though he had made films inside the Hollywood studio system, Winkler has been more than happy to express his disappointment with the ever-increasing corporatization of the business and the lack of creative risk-taking that was par for the course when he came of age in the late 1960s. Though turning to directing after decades of producing alleviated some of the frustration and allowed him to take creative control, Winkler still battled producers and studio executives in a business more concerned with quarterly results than artistic triumph. With producing credits that included "Rocky" (1976), "Raging Bull" (1980) and "Goodfellas" (1990), Winkler landed a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000, assuring his stature as one of the steadiest, though unsung, filmmakers in the late 20th century.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  De-Lovely (2004) Director
3.
  Life as a House (2001) Director
4.
  At First Sight (1999) Director
5.
  Net, The (1995) Director
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  Night And The City (1992) Director
7.
  Guilty By Suspicion (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms (2001) Interviewee
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 Sylvester Stallone (1997) Interviewee
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1951:
Served in US Army
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Began career in mailroom of William Morris Agency
1962:
Formed theatrical talent agency with Robert Chartoff
1966:
Co-founded Chartoff-Winkler Productions
1967:
First Chartoff-Winkler production, "Point Blank"
1970:
"The Strawberry Statement" won the Jury Prize at Cannes
1976:
Produced "Rocky"; earned Best Picture Academy Award
1977:
First of three films with director Martin Scorsese, "New York, New York", starring Robert De Niro
1980:
Scorsese's "Raging Bull" nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture; won three Oscars including Best Actor for De Niro
1983:
"The Right Stuff" nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture; won four in techincal categories
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Formed independent Winkler Films
1985:
First film produced without Chartoff, "Revolution", starring Al Pacino
1990:
"GoodFellas" nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture; Joe Pesci won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar; third film with Scorsese as director
1991:
Directorial and screenwriting debut, "Guilty By Suspicion", starring De Niro; Scorsese also acted in film
1991:
Directed remake of "Night and the City", teaming De Niro and Jessica Lange
1995:
Wrote and directed "The Net", starring Sandra Bullock
1998:
Served as executive producer of the USA Network series "The Net", based on the 1995 feature
1999:
Co-wrote and directed "Love at First Sight", teaming Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino
2000:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (April 28)
2001:
Produced and directed "Life as a House," starring Kevin Kline as a man dying of cancer who tries to repair the relationship with his troubled son
2004:
Directed Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd in "De-lovely," a musical drama about legendary American composer Cole Porter; also produced
2006:
Wrote and directed "Home of the Brave," a drama following the lives of four American soldiers in Iraq and their return back to the US
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1955

Notes

On film labeling: "So the point is, why put your work in the hands of somebody you don't even know? I believe that the director should get no less than the final cut of the film, both theatrical and television. It should not be compromised by a label.

"Now in the case of my film 'The Net', the system worked. The studio asked me to reshoot the ending, which we did. I looked at the new ending but thought the original was better. And the studio accepted my decision, even though they preferred the other one. Someone coming into Columbia 10 years from now shouldn't dig up the ending I shot and discarded, decide that it's better and use it. And then just label it. The credits say 'Directed by . . .' That means something." --Irwin Winkler in DGA Magazine, September-October 1996

According to The Hollywood Reporter (September 11, 2000): "Lakeshore Entertainment Corp. has filed suit against Irwin Winkler for fraud, breach of contract and unfair business practices for allegedly reneging on an agreement to produce and direct for the company the feature film project 'Life as a House.'"

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wife:
Margo Winkler. Married c. 1959; parents were vaudevillians Charles and Irma Melson.

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father:
Sol Winkler.
mother:
Anna Winkler.
son:
Charles Winkler. Director. Married to actress Sandra Nelson; daughter Maya born on January 11. 2000.
son:
Adam Winkler. Attorney.
son:
David Winkler. Director.
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