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Born: August 29, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Director ...
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Began career in mailroom of WGN-TV, Chicago; eventually moved up to director
1962:
Helmed first TV-movie, "The People vs. Paul Crump," a 16mm documentary
1965:
Moved to Los Angeles
1965:
Hired to direct episodes of NBC's "Alfred Hitchcok Presents", including the final broadcast
1967:
Directed first feature, "Good Times", starring Sonny and Cher
1968:
Directed "The Night They Raided Minsky's," an affectionate look at burlesque; production was slightly hampered by death of co-star Bert Lahr during filming
1968:
Filmed a somewhat static feature adaptation of Harold Pinter's stage play "The Birthday Party"
1970:
Helmed "The Boys in the Band", adapted from the Mart Crowley play
1971:
Won the Best Director Oscar for "The French Connection"
1973:
Had box-office hit with screen version of "The Exorcist"
1973:
Formed the Directors Company, a partnership with Peter Bogdanovich and Francis Ford Coppola; split after one year
1977:
Suffered career setback with the box-office failure of "Sorcerer", a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear"
1978:
Helmed comic period piece, "The Brink's Job", about the infamous 1950 Boston heist
1980:
Directed and penned first screenplay, "Cruising"; film sparked controversy over its depiction of the gay community in NYC
1983:
Attempted satire of international weapons merchants in "Deal of the Century", starring Chevy Chase
1985:
Helmed and co-scripted "To Live and Die in L.A."
1986:
Returned to TV to direct Barbra Streisand's HBO special, "Putting It Together--The Making of 'The Broadway Album'"
1986:
Executive produced, created and directed the NBC pilot "C.A.T. Squad" and its 1988 TV-movie sequel
1987:
Helmed "Rampage," a film which dealt with the death penalty and the complexity of the insanity plea; release delayed when De Laurentis Entertainment went bankrupt (released in 1992)
1990:
Returned to horror with "The Guardian"; also co-scripted
1992:
Continued in the horror vein directing "On a Dead Man's Chest" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1994:
Helmed "Jailbreakers" segment of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series
1994:
Returned to features as director of the sports-themed "Blue Chips", scripted by Ron Shelton
1995:
Helmed third film in Joe Eszterhas' "sleaze" trilogy, "Jade"
1997:
Directed the acclaimed small screen remake of "12 Angry Men" (Showtime)
1997:
Received star number 2,093 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August 14)
1998:
Directed Alban Berg's opera "Wozzeck" in Florence, Italy with Zubin Mehta conducting
2000:
Directed "Rules of Engagement" a film produced by Richard D. Zanuck, the executive who greenlit his most popular film "The French Connection"
2002:
Staged two productions for the Los Angeles Opera
2002:
Directed Benicio Del Toro in "The Hunted"; production was shut down in June 2001 when Del Toro was injured days before principal photography was due to end (completed several months later)
2007:
Directed the psychological horror film, "Bug" starring Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.

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