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Born: May 14, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Producer ...
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Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL
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Began making 8mm films in high school
1971:
Met future writing partner Bob Gale at USC
1972:
Directed first "professional" short "The Lift," an 8-minute student film
1973:
Made award-winning 14-minute student film "A Field of Honor"
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Screened "A Field of Honor" for Steven Spielberg and John Milius, who helped him and Gale get a development deal for an original screenplay that became "1941"
1978:
Feature film directorial debut," I Wanna Hold Your Hand"; also co-wrote script with Gale
1979:
Co-wrote with Gale "1941," a sprawling comedy directed by Steven Spielberg
1980:
Helmed the comedy "Used Cars"
1984:
Enjoyed box-office hit as director of the adventure love story "Romancing the Stone"
1985:
With Gale, co-wrote the blockbuster "Back to the Future"; also directed
1986:
TV directing debut, "Go to the Head of the Class," an episode of "Amazing Stories"
1988:
Directed the live-action and animated combination "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1989:
TV producing debut as one of the co-executive producers of "Tales From the Crypt," an HBO horror anthology series
1989:
Helmed the sequels "Back to the Future II" (1989) and "Back to the Future III" (1990) back to back
1991:
TV acting debut, "Parker Lewis Can't Lose!," a Fox sitcom that featured his then-wife Mary Ellen Trainor
1992:
Feature debut as executive producer, "The Public Eye"
1992:
Directed the black comedy "Death Becomes Her," featuring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn
1992:
Scripted and executive produced "Trespass," helmed by Walter Hill
1993:
Produced first network TV series, "Johnny Bago," a CBS adventure-comedy series
1993:
Created and produced "Tales from the Cryptkeeper," an ABC animated series
1994:
Directed box office hit "Forest Gump," starring Tom Hanks; film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Director
1995:
Was one of the executive producers of the feature "Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight"
1997:
Helmed the screen adaptation of Carl Sagan's book "Contact"; also produced
1998:
Served as a producer on the remake of "The House on Haunted Hill"
1999:
Made "Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness" for Showtime
2000:
Reunited with Tom Hanks as producer and director of "Cast Away"; filmed over a stretch of time in 1999-2000 with a break for Hanks to lose weight
2000:
During break from filming "Cast Away," produced and helmed the thriller "What Lies Beneath," starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer; film released before "Cast Away"
2004:
Helmed the animated feature "The Polar Express" starring Tom Hanks in several roles
2007:
Helmed the big-budget film version of "Beowulf," using the performance-capture technology utilized for "The Polar Express"
2009:
Wrote, directed and produced the animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"; Jim Carrey played several roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge
2012:
Returned to live action features as director and producer of "Flight," a drama starring Denzel Washington

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