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Born: May 15, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Israel Profession: director, screenwriter, producer, critic

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When Rod Lurie decided to make the jump from film critic to filmmaker, not many in Hollywood gave him much of a chance, thanks in part to the venomous film reviews he wrote for Los Angeles Magazine. Too many players who might have helped the fledgling filmmaker refused to get involved, though some met with Lurie just to give him a piece of their mind. But despite the many roadblocks he himself put up-the most damaging when he called actor Danny DeVito a testicle with arms-Lurie managed to join an elite group of critics-turned-directors that included Francois Truffaut and Peter Bogdanovich. Though his first feature, "Deterrence" (2000), failed to gain recognition, "The Contender" (2000), which benefited from the marketing muscle of DreamWorks, placed Lurie firmly on the filmmaking map.

When Rod Lurie decided to make the jump from film critic to filmmaker, not many in Hollywood gave him much of a chance, thanks in part to the venomous film reviews he wrote for Los Angeles Magazine. Too many players who might have helped the fledgling filmmaker refused to get involved, though some met with Lurie just to give him a piece of their mind. But despite the many roadblocks he himself put up-the most damaging when he called actor Danny DeVito a testicle with arms-Lurie managed to join an elite group of critics-turned-directors that included Francois Truffaut and Peter Bogdanovich. Though his first feature, "Deterrence" (2000), failed to gain recognition, "The Contender" (2000), which benefited from the marketing muscle of DreamWorks, placed Lurie firmly on the filmmaking map.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Borderline (2012)
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  Straw Dogs (2011)
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  Last Castle, The (2001) Director
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  Contender, The (2000) Director
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  Deterrence (1999) Director
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  4-Second Delay (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Straw Dogs (2011)
2.
 Heckler (2008)
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Served four years as a Combat Arms Officer in the U.S. Army
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Worked as an entertainment reporter for the New York <i>Daily News</i>
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Was a frequent contributor to such magazines as <i>Premiere</i>, <i>Movieline</i> and <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>
1990:
Worked as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to <i>Los Angeles</i> magazine
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Hosted a top-rated movie review show for KABC Radio in Los Angeles
1998:
Made writing and directing debut with the dramatic short "4 Second Delay"
1999:
Directed first feature length film, "Deterrence," a drama about America coming to the brink of nuclear war, starring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton
2000:
Wrote and directed the widely praised political thriller "The Contender," starring Joan Allen, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges
2001:
Directed Robert Redford in the military prison drama "The Last Castle"
2003:
Created the short-lived ABC series, "Line of Fire," about the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia
2005:
Created and executive produced the ABC series "Commander-in-Chief," starring Geena Davis as the first female US president; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama series
2007:
Directed "Resurrecting the Champ," starring Samuel L. Jackson as a former Boxing champ who is living on the streets
2008:
Wrote and directed the thriller "Nothing but the Truth," starring Kate Beckinsale as a reporter who faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source
2011:
Directed a remake of "Straw Dogs"; also produced and wrote the current version
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Education

United States Military Academy at West Point: West Point , New York - 1984

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