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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 15, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: director

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Scottish-born Michael Caton-Jones enjoyed an early reputation as a competent director of Hollywood movies, although lasting critical and commercial success would prove elusive. Having garnered attention with his feature film debut, the British political drama "Scandal" (1989), the neophyte director mounted his first major studio film, the WWII docudrama "Memphis Belle" (1990). Follow-ups like the Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood" (1991) and the Robert De Niro-Leonardo DiCaprio biographical drama "This Boy's Life" (1993) also provided modest success for the Scottish transplant. For better or worse, Caton-Jones traded the critical acclaim he received for the historical epic "Rob Roy" (1995) for the financial rewards of the unremarkable thriller "The Jackal" (1997). After a period of relative inactivity, the director returned with admirable, albeit overlooked, projects like the De Niro crime drama "City by the Sea" (2002) and the Rwandan genocide tragedy "Beyond the Gates" (2005). As under-seen as the previous films had been, far more damaging to his professional track record was his directorial credit on the reviled box office disaster "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" (2006), an ill-advised...

Scottish-born Michael Caton-Jones enjoyed an early reputation as a competent director of Hollywood movies, although lasting critical and commercial success would prove elusive. Having garnered attention with his feature film debut, the British political drama "Scandal" (1989), the neophyte director mounted his first major studio film, the WWII docudrama "Memphis Belle" (1990). Follow-ups like the Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood" (1991) and the Robert De Niro-Leonardo DiCaprio biographical drama "This Boy's Life" (1993) also provided modest success for the Scottish transplant. For better or worse, Caton-Jones traded the critical acclaim he received for the historical epic "Rob Roy" (1995) for the financial rewards of the unremarkable thriller "The Jackal" (1997). After a period of relative inactivity, the director returned with admirable, albeit overlooked, projects like the De Niro crime drama "City by the Sea" (2002) and the Rwandan genocide tragedy "Beyond the Gates" (2005). As under-seen as the previous films had been, far more damaging to his professional track record was his directorial credit on the reviled box office disaster "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction" (2006), an ill-advised sequel to the iconic 1992 smash hit. Entering the new decade, the director found work directing the lushly-produced historical miniseries "World Without End" (Reelz, 2012), based on the novel by Ken Follett. While never having secured a critical consensus for his body of work, Caton-Jones nevertheless remained a respected and active craftsman, competent in a wide variety of cinematic genres.

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DIRECTOR:

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  City by the Sea (2002) Director
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  Jackal, The (1997) Director
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  Rob Roy (1995) Director
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  This Boy's Life (1993) Director
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  Doc Hollywood (1991) Director
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  Memphis Belle (1990) Director
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  Scandal (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Jackal, The (1997) Man In Video
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 Doc Hollywood (1991) Maitre D'
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Grew up in Broxburn, Scotland
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Directed first student film, "Liebe Mutter"
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Second student film, "The Riveter", picked up by the BBC
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British TV directorial debut, "Brond", a three part series
1989:
Feature directorial debut, "Scandal"
1990:
Helmed the WWII-era feature "Memphis Belle"
1991:
Acted in and also directed the comedy "Doc Hollywood", starring Michael J Fox
1993:
Directed Leonardo DiCaprio in "This Boy's Life"
1995:
Won critical praise for helming "Rob Roy"
1997:
Directed Bruce Willis and Richard Gere in "The Jackal", a loose remake of Fred Zinnemann's "The Day of the Jackal"
2002:
Helmed "City by the Sea" starring Robert de Niro
2005:
Helmed "Shooting Dogs" (US title Beyond the Gates), a feature based on the experiences of BBC news producer David Belton, who worked in Rwanda during the Rwandan Genocide
2006:
Directed Sharon Stone in the poorly received "Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction," the long awaited sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct
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Education

National Film School: -

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companion:
Laura Viederman. Producer.

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daughter:
Romy Lola Caton-Jones. Born on February 10, 2001 in NYC.

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