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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 24, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Decatur, Indiana, USA Profession: director, producer

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This Emmy-winning TV producer-director ("Hill Street Blues") has also had considerable experience helming TV commercials and series ("St. Elsewhere", "Miami Vice") and subsequently feature films. Anspaugh began shooting 16mm sports films while at The University of Indiana before attending USC's School of Film and Television. After four years teaching high school in Colorado, he started his TV career as associate producer on the ABC movies "Vampire" (1979) and "Fighting Back" (1980), both produced by MTM. He went on to become associate producer on that company's acclaimed cop show "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) in 1981; by the time he left the show in 1985, Anspaugh had worked his way up to producer and director, winning producing Emmys in 1982 and 1983. Anspaugh returned to directing with episodes of "St. Elsewhere" and "Miami Vice", and the TV-movies "The Last Leaf" (syndicated, 1984), "Deadly Care" (CBS, 1987) and "In the Company of Darkness" (CBS, 1993).

This Emmy-winning TV producer-director ("Hill Street Blues") has also had considerable experience helming TV commercials and series ("St. Elsewhere", "Miami Vice") and subsequently feature films. Anspaugh began shooting 16mm sports films while at The University of Indiana before attending USC's School of Film and Television. After four years teaching high school in Colorado, he started his TV career as associate producer on the ABC movies "Vampire" (1979) and "Fighting Back" (1980), both produced by MTM. He went on to become associate producer on that company's acclaimed cop show "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) in 1981; by the time he left the show in 1985, Anspaugh had worked his way up to producer and director, winning producing Emmys in 1982 and 1983. Anspaugh returned to directing with episodes of "St. Elsewhere" and "Miami Vice", and the TV-movies "The Last Leaf" (syndicated, 1984), "Deadly Care" (CBS, 1987) and "In the Company of Darkness" (CBS, 1993).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Phenom (2009)
2.
  L.A. County 187 (2003) Director
3.
  Two Against Time (2002) Director
4.
  Wisegirls (2002) Director
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  Swing Vote (1999) Director
6.
  Moonlight and Valentino (1995) Director
7.
  Rudy (1993) Director
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  Fresh Horses (1988) Director
10.
  Deadly Care (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Marry Me! (1996) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1970:
Taught school in Aspen, Colorado
1979:
TV-movie producing debut, "Vampire"
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Worked as an associate producer on the short-lived CBS detective series, "Paris"
1981:
TV series producing debut, "Hill Street Blues"; served as an associate producer
1982:
TV directing debut with "Hill Street Blues"
1985:
Gave up producing responsibilities but continued directing episodes of "Hill Street Blues"
1986:
Feature film directing debut, "Hoosiers"
:
Underwent treatment for a bipolar disorder
1988:
Directed "Fresh Horses" starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy
1993:
Directed Sean Astin in "Rudy," based on the true story of Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger who's dream was to play football at Notre Dame
1995:
Directed "Moonlight and Valentino" based on the play by Ellen Simon
2002:
Returned to directing features with "Wisegirls", starring Mira Sorvino and Mariah Carey
2005:
Directed "The Game of Their Lives" based on the true story of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England in the small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Education

Indiana University: Bloomington , Indiana - 1965 - 1970
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California - 1974 - 1976

Notes

"I'll admit that many people were surprised that I was directing ["Moonlight and Valentino"]. My previous films, "Hoosiers" and "Rudy", were mistakenly, although somewhat understandably, categorized as 'testosterone films' based on their sports-related plotlines. So here comes this 'estrogen-driven film,' and people were wondering how a sports-loving guy from Indiana would possibly be able to connect with it. Well, I am here to say that it has nothing to do with hormones or gender. All three films are essentially about shared human behavior and universal human emotion." --David Anspaugh, quoted in "Moonlight and Valentino" press material

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wife:
Tamara Kramer. Married on April 13, 1974; divorced.
wife:
Roma Downey. Actor. Married on November 24, 1995; Downey filed for divorce in March 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lawrence Earl Anspaugh. Photographer.
mother:
Marie Francis Anspaugh.
daughter:
Vanessa Christine Anspaugh. Mother, Tamara Kramer.
daughter:
Reilly Marie Anspaugh. Born June 3, 1996 in Utah; mother, Roma Downey.
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