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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York
1962:
Enlisted in US Army Reserve and served six months
1963:
Worked as director of documentaries, commercials and industrial films
1971:
Relocated from NYC to L.A. to pursue film career
1971:
Feature screenwriting debut, "Silent Running", shared screen credit with Deric Washburn and Steven Bochco
1971:
Shared screen credit with John Milius on "Magnum Force", starring Clint Eastwood
1974:
Feature directing debut (also screenwriter), "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot", starring Eastwood and Jeff Bridges
1978:
Scored biggest success with "The Deer Hunter"; wrote, produced and directed; won Oscars as Best Picture and Best Director
1980:
"Heaven's Gate", budgeted at $12 million and made for $38 million, was a colossal failure leading to the collapse of United Artists
1985:
Directed "Year of the Dragon" which drew wildly different critical reviews; also co-wrote screenplay with Oliver Stone
1987:
Bombed with "The Sicilian"; director's cut, though thirty minutes longer, was considered somewhat more coherent but was also a box-office failure
1990:
Directed and produced the remake of the crime suspense drama "Desperate Hours"
1996:
"Sunchaser", starring Woody Harrelson, shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; given limited release before heading to video
2001:
Published first novel, "Big Jane", in France

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