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Born: September 11, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: Director ...
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Raised in Philadelphia
1960:
Made first film, "Icarus" while at Columbia
1962:
Earned MCA writing fellowship to Sarah Lawrence on strength of third student film, "Wotan's Wake"
1963:
Began co-directing, co-writing, and co-editing (with Wilford Leach and Cynthia Munroe) first feature, "The Wedding Party" (completed in 1966; released in 1969); also initial collaboration with actor Robert De Niro
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Shot "The Responsive Eye," a record of the opening of the 'Op' art show at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, in four hours
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Made documentaries for the US Treasury Department
1968:
Directed, wrote and edited his first theatrical feature, "Greetings," featuring De Niro
1972:
Directed first Hollywood production "Get To Know Your Rabbit," for Warner Bros.; was fired from the film; reworked by studio before release
1973:
Directed "Sisters," his first thriller; also scripted from his story
1976:
Commercial breakthrough, "Carrie" based on the Stephen King novel and starring Sissy Spacek as a teenager with psykokinetic powers; first of five movies directing then wife Nancy Allen; also marked initial collaborations with composer Pino Donaggio and actors John Travolta and Amy Irving
1978:
Continued his study of psychokinetic powers with "The Fury," starring Kirk Douglas and Amy Irving
1979:
Debut as a producer, "Home Movies"; also directed and contributed story; second teaming with Douglas, Allen and Donaggio
1980:
Wrote and directed the melodrama "Dressed to Kill," featuring a chilling score by Donaggio and an appearance by Allen
1981:
Emulated Michelangelo Antonioni with "Blow Out," which reteamed him with Travolta; last film directing Allen
1983:
First pairing with Al Pacino, "Scarface"
1987:
Scored huge commercial success with "The Untouchables"; film featured Robert De Niro as Al Capone
1989:
Directed compelling Vietnam War tale, "Casualties of War"; first collaboration with Sean Penn
1990:
Bombed with "Bonfire of the Vanities"
1992:
Returned to the world of the medium budget thriller for "Raising Cain" with little success; sixth and (to date) last collaboration with Donaggio
1993:
Reteamed with Pacino and Penn for "Carlito's Way"
1996:
Raised stock considerably helming the blockbuster "Mission: Impossible," produced by and starring Tom Cruise
1998:
Bombed with "Snake Eyes," despite a promising opening: a 12-minute continuous steadicam shot
2000:
Directed the little-seen sci-fi film "Mission to Mars"
2002:
Wrote and directed the erotic thriller "Femme Fatale" starring Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Antonio Banderas
2006:
Helmed an adaptation of the James Ellroy crime novel "The Black Dahlia" framed around the infamous Hollywood murder of wannabe actress Elizabeth Short
2007:
Wrote and directed "Redacted," a drama based on the Mahmudiyah killings; the rape, murder, and burning of Abeer Qasim Hamza al-Janabi, a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in March 2006 by U.S. soldiers who also killed her parents and younger sister

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