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Also Known As: Bill Dear Died:
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Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, director of photography, actor, 2nd unit manager

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Capable Hollywood craftsman who has been busy as a writer, director, and producer in film and TV since the mid-1970s. Dear has quietly carved several niches for himself in the industry as a director of commercials, TV pilots ("Dinosaurs", "Covington Cross"), and direct-to-video comic films (the Firesign Theatre's "Nick Danger--The Case of the Missing Yoke"). Between 1983 and 1985 alone, he received two Directors' Guild Award nominations and 12 Clio Award nominations for his direction and shooting of commercials. Dear has also proven himself to be a canny creator of popular family entertainments ("Harry and the Hendersons" 1987; "Angels in the Outfield" 1994). Moreover he was a pioneer in rock video due to his much admired collaborations with former Monkees member Michael Nesmith on the short film "Rio" (1977) and the multi-award-winning "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts" (1981). Dear has also acted in a number of small film roles, mostly in his own features.After college Dear directed and co-wrote the short film "Mr. Grey" (1969), which won an award at the Atlantic Film Festival. He then served as producer, director, and cinematographer on several low-budget exploitation features ("Nymph" 1975; "The...

Capable Hollywood craftsman who has been busy as a writer, director, and producer in film and TV since the mid-1970s. Dear has quietly carved several niches for himself in the industry as a director of commercials, TV pilots ("Dinosaurs", "Covington Cross"), and direct-to-video comic films (the Firesign Theatre's "Nick Danger--The Case of the Missing Yoke"). Between 1983 and 1985 alone, he received two Directors' Guild Award nominations and 12 Clio Award nominations for his direction and shooting of commercials. Dear has also proven himself to be a canny creator of popular family entertainments ("Harry and the Hendersons" 1987; "Angels in the Outfield" 1994). Moreover he was a pioneer in rock video due to his much admired collaborations with former Monkees member Michael Nesmith on the short film "Rio" (1977) and the multi-award-winning "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts" (1981). Dear has also acted in a number of small film roles, mostly in his own features.

After college Dear directed and co-wrote the short film "Mr. Grey" (1969), which won an award at the Atlantic Film Festival. He then served as producer, director, and cinematographer on several low-budget exploitation features ("Nymph" 1975; "The Northville Cemetery Massacre" 1976) before meeting with writer-director Paul Schrader, then filming his directorial debut "Blue Collar" (1978). Dear was hired as a 2nd unit director and cameraman, and managed the 2nd unit on Schrader's subsequent "Hardcore" (1979).

Dear made his mainstream debut as a writer-director (in collaboration with executive producer and co-writer Nesmith) on "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swan" (1983), an enjoyable fantasy starring Fred Ward as a time-traveling motorcyclist. He made a bigger splash with "Harry and the Hendersons", a Disney-styled comedy starring John Lithgow as a family man who takes in Bigfoot. A modest success in theaters, the film was a big hit on video and generated a syndicated TV spin-off. Dear tried his hand at teen comedy directing the James Bond spoof "If Looks Could Kill", and heroic adventure as the story writer of Disney's "The Rocketeer" (both 1991). He scored a modest hit helming "Angels in the Outfield" (1994), a sappy yet diverting Disney remake of a 1951 movie. At its best, the film recalled Disney sports fantasies from the 60s.

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  Santa Who? (2000) Director
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  Balloon Farm (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Santa Who? (2000) Sparky
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 Angels in the Outfield (1994) Toronto Manager
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 If Looks Could Kill (1991) Bomb Tester
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 Darkman (1990) Limo Driver
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 Harry And The Hendersons (1987) Sighting Man
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 Timerider (1983) 3rd Technician
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1969:
Directed and co-wrote the short film, "Mr. Grey"; won a Special Jury Award Gold Medal at the Atlantic Film Festival
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Worked in film in Detroit, writing, directing, and lensing commercials, documentaries, and industrial films in addition to independent projects
1975:
Feature directing debut, "Nymph"
1976:
Feature debut as producer and cinematographer, "Northville Cemetery Massacre"; also co-directed
1977:
Met writer-director Paul Schrader, who was filming in Detroit
1977:
Met former Monkee turned producer-composer Michael Nesmith
1977:
Collaborated with Nesmith on the short film "Rio," which was based on a song written by Nesmith
1978:
Provided additional photography for Paul Schrader's directorial debut, "Blue Collar"
1979:
Served as manager of the 2nd unit for Schrader's "Hardcore"
1981:
Directed and co-wrote (with Nesmith) "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts"; won the first Video of the Year Grammy Award
1982:
First feature credit as a writer/director, "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann"; co-written by producer Michael Nesmith
1984:
Made TV directing debut with the Showtime special, "Garry Shandling - Alone in Las Vegas" (rebroadcast on ABC in 1988)
1985:
Directed an episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" titled "Mummy, Daddy"
1985:
Made TV producing debut with the short-lived NBC comedy series "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts"
1987:
Produced, co-wrote, directed and appeared in the family comedy "Harry and the Hendersons"
1990:
Directed the unsold pilot for "Hollywood Dog," a live action/animation hybrid for Fox
1991:
Received a creator's credit on "Harry and the Hendersons," a syndicated sitcom spin-off from the feature film
1991:
Directed the pilot episode for ABC's "Dinosaurs"
1992:
Directed the pilot episode of "Covington Cross," a short-lived medieval family adventure on ABC
1993:
Co-executive produced "Journey to the Center of the Earth," an NBC TV movie pilot; also directed
1994:
Directed the family film "Angels in the Outfield"
1997:
Directed the adventure film "Wild America"
2000:
Wrote and directed "Santa Who?" starring Leslie Nielsen
2005:
Directed Ryan Reynolds in "School of Life"
2006:
Wrote and directed the horror film "Simon Says," which premiered at Fantastic Fest
2007:
Directed the direct-to-video sequel "The Sandlot: Heading Home"
2010:
Directed "The Perfect Game," about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico, who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series in 1957
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Education

Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant , Michigan -
Central Michigan University: Mount Pleasant , Michigan -

Notes

In addition to winning the first Grammy for Video of the Year, "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts" (1981) won the Best Director and Best Made-For-Home-Video Award from "Video Review Magazine". It also won the Silver Venus Award at the Houston International Film Festival.

"Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann" (1983) won the Grand Prize at the 1984 Santa Fe Film Festival.

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