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Also Known As: William Todd Field Died:
Born: February 24, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pomona, California, USA Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, producer, photographer, composer, singer, songwriter, assistant cameraman

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After becoming an actor capable of delivering quality performances in mainstream and independent fare, multi-talented Todd Field segued into the director's chair to helm Oscar-baiting pictures that propelled the little-known actor into a critically acclaimed filmmaker. Field made his feature debut in Woody Allen's "Radio Days" (1987), after which he struggled to find his footing with a failed sitcom and a starring role in one of Roger Corman's lesser esteemed B-movies. He finally received his onscreen due with a well-reviewed performance in Victor Nunez's "Ruby in Paradise" (1993), only to step away from acting to earn his master's in film from the American Film Institute, where he made several festival-screened shorts. Field returned to acting with projects large and small, logging roles in the indie crime drama "Farmer & Chase" (1995) and the visual effects blockbuster "Twister" (1996). Following a busy year that saw him in "The Haunting" (1999) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), Field made a huge splash with his debut feature as a director, helming the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning drama, "In the Bedroom" (2001). Taking a step back from acting, he moved on to his next film, "Little...

After becoming an actor capable of delivering quality performances in mainstream and independent fare, multi-talented Todd Field segued into the director's chair to helm Oscar-baiting pictures that propelled the little-known actor into a critically acclaimed filmmaker. Field made his feature debut in Woody Allen's "Radio Days" (1987), after which he struggled to find his footing with a failed sitcom and a starring role in one of Roger Corman's lesser esteemed B-movies. He finally received his onscreen due with a well-reviewed performance in Victor Nunez's "Ruby in Paradise" (1993), only to step away from acting to earn his master's in film from the American Film Institute, where he made several festival-screened shorts. Field returned to acting with projects large and small, logging roles in the indie crime drama "Farmer & Chase" (1995) and the visual effects blockbuster "Twister" (1996). Following a busy year that saw him in "The Haunting" (1999) and "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), Field made a huge splash with his debut feature as a director, helming the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning drama, "In the Bedroom" (2001). Taking a step back from acting, he moved on to his next film, "Little Children" (2006), a well-written and superbly acted film that further cemented Field as one of the more literate and engaging filmmakers working in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

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  In the Bedroom (2001) Director
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  Nonnie and Alex (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 New Port South (2001) Walsh
2.
 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Nick Nightingale
3.
 Haunting, The (1999) Todd Hackett
4.
 Broken Vessels (1998) Jimmy Warzniak
5.
 Twister (1996) Beltzer
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 Walking & Talking (1996) Frank
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 Farmer and Chase (1995) Chase
8.
 Frank and Jesse (1995)
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 Sleep With Me (1994) Duane
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Raised in Portland, Oregon
1986:
TV acting debut as guest on ABC sitcom "Head of the Class"
1987:
Film debut, Woody Allen's "Radio Days"
1987:
TV series debut, the short-lived sitcom "Take Five" (CBS)
1987:
Made TV-movie debut in "Student Exchange" (ABC)
1989:
First feature co-starring role, "Gross Anatomy"; also wrote song for soundtrack; first collaboration with Matthew Modine
1991:
Appeared in unsuccessful pilot, "Lookwell" (NBC)
1993:
Breakthrough screen role as the literate nursery owner in Victor Nunez's "Ruby in Paradise"; nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor; role attracted attention of Stanley Kubrick when casting "Eyes Wide Shut"
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Formed Mercury Film with Modine
1994:
Directed short film "Nonnie and Alex", which earned an honorable mention at Sundance
1995:
Portrayed Bob Younger in "Frank and Jesse", an HBO movie detailing the exploits of Jesse James and his fellow post-Civil War outlaws; used a real gun from the era, a Colt owned by his father, which the elder Field shipped to him
1996:
Played the affable Frank, the sensitive jewelry maker engaged to Anne Heche's Laura in Nicole Holocener's debut feature "Walking and Talking"
1996:
First film with director Jan De Bont, "Twister"
1998:
Starred as a drug abusing paramedic in "Broken Vessels"; also co-produced and contributed to the soundtrack
1999:
Portrayed musician friend who informs Tom Cruise of an exclusive costume party in Kubrick's last feature "Eyes Wide Shut"
1999:
Reteamed with De Bont for the spooky "The Haunting"; briefly seen as the man who accompanies Liam Neeson's assistant to twon for medical treatment
1999:
Returned to series TV in the ensemble of "Once and Again" (ABC)
2001:
Feature directorial debut, "In the Bedroom"; also co-scripted and was one of the producers; premiered at Sundance
2001:
Had co-starring role in the film "New Port South"
2002:
Landed a two-year, first-look deal with DreamWorks.
2006:
Directed Kate Winslet in "Little Children" a film based on the novel by Tom Perrotta; also co-scripted with Tom Perrotta; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay
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Education

AFI Conservatory: - 1992
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1992 - 1995
AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1994

Notes

About working with Stanley Kubrick on "Eyes Wide Shut": "For all his technical prowess, for all the gear and gadgets, he understood actors in extraordinary ways. We would sit down and dissect the work. He wasn't afraid of actors. He almost demanded that actors bring something to the table. Everyone's thoughts and opinions were not only encouraged but listened to and explored. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. By the end of rehearsals, it was like being in a play. The work had a certain grace and sophistication. I'll never forget working with him." --Todd Field to Bernard Weintraub in The New York Times, May 7, 1999.

On his new life as a resident of Owl's Head, Maine: "My neighbors are fishermen. I feel like a satyr among the monks. In L.A., you walk down the street and bump into O.J. In Maine, you walk down the street and bump into Andrew Wyeth. A little different feeling." --Field quoted in Time Out New York, May 13-20, 1999.

"I know that you have to be an egotistical, self-centered, compulsive megalomaniac, but I think that comes with the territory. Emerson said it best. He said if you take out the ego you destory the art. I think that's very true." --Todd Field on directing, quoted in Buzz, September 1994.

"I think it's difficult to know why you do certain things as a writer or as a filmmaker. If something interests you, it's often because you don't really know why it interests you." --Todd Field quoted in Filmmaker, Fall 2001.

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wife:
Serena Field. Screenwriter.

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father-in-law:
Bo Goldman. Screenwriter. Won Oscars for "Melvin and Howard" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
sister:
Kelli D Field. Born in July 1966.
daughter:
Alida P Field. Born on December 7, 1987; had small role in "In the Bedroom".
son:
Henry Rathbun Field. Born on June 25, 1993; played Nick Stahl's character as a child in "In the Bedroom".
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"Away: The People of mid-coast Maine"

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