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Also Known As: Taylor Edwin Hackford Died:
Born: December 31, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Barbara, California, USA Profession: producer, director, screenwriter, investigative reporter, mailroom clerk

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An early career in television documentaries helped to shape the degree of verisimilitude that informed much of Taylor Hackford's efforts as a director and producer in Hollywood. After proving his skill with real-life subjects, he ventured into features, where he fared best with biopics - especially those based on the lives of rock 'n' roll pioneers like Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba" (1987) and Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004). His efforts outside this genre were met with varying degrees of success - the sudsy "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) and "Against All Odds" (1984) won many moviegoers' hearts, but later projects like "White Nights" (1985) and "Everybody's All-American" (1988) yielded uneven results. Feature length documentaries proved to be his most satisfying milieu, with "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" (1987) and the Muhammad Ali fight story "When We Were Kings" (1996) earning him praise from critics and viewers alike. Films like these solidified Hackford's status as a director with an uncanny knack for capturing the drama inherent in everyday lives.

An early career in television documentaries helped to shape the degree of verisimilitude that informed much of Taylor Hackford's efforts as a director and producer in Hollywood. After proving his skill with real-life subjects, he ventured into features, where he fared best with biopics - especially those based on the lives of rock 'n' roll pioneers like Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba" (1987) and Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004). His efforts outside this genre were met with varying degrees of success - the sudsy "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) and "Against All Odds" (1984) won many moviegoers' hearts, but later projects like "White Nights" (1985) and "Everybody's All-American" (1988) yielded uneven results. Feature length documentaries proved to be his most satisfying milieu, with "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" (1987) and the Muhammad Ali fight story "When We Were Kings" (1996) earning him praise from critics and viewers alike. Films like these solidified Hackford's status as a director with an uncanny knack for capturing the drama inherent in everyday lives.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Parker (2013)
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  Love Ranch (2010)
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  Ray (2004) Director
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  Proof of Life (2000) Director
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  Devil's Advocate, The (1997) Director
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  Dolores Claiborne (1995) Director
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  Bound By Honor (1993) Director
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  White Nights (1985) Director

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 Casting By (2013)
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 Score, The (2002)
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1968:
Served as a Peace corps volunteer in Bolivia
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Worked at KCET-TV, the Los Angeles public affiliate; began as mailroom clerk; later became director, producer and writer
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Pioneered presentation of rock music performances for station's cultural department
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Served as an investigative reporter in station's news division; won two Emmys for his work
1973:
Helmed documentary "Bukowski"; also wrote
1974:
Produced concert special "Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield" for PBS
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Formed production company New Visions Inc. with partner, entertainment lawyer Stuart Benjamin
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Worked as director, producer, and writer for Hackford-Litman Films in Los Angeles
1978:
Filmmaking debut, wrote, produced, and directed Oscar-winning short "Teenage Father"
1980:
Feature directing debut, "The Idolmaker" starring Ray Sharkey
1982:
Directed first hit film "An Officer and a Gentleman"
1984:
Feature producing debut, "Against All Odds"; also directed
1985:
Met future wife Helen Mirren during filming of "White Nights"
1987:
First feature produced, without also directing, "La Bamba"
1987:
Directed feature-length music documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!"
1988:
Merged his company with New Century Entertainment to form New Century/New Visions
1989:
Feature debut as executive producer, "Rooftops"
1990:
Produced music documentary special "Rick Nelson: It's All Right Now" for The Nashville Network
1991:
New Visions Pictures dissolved
1993:
Refocused on directing with "Bound by Honor," depicting gang wars in California jails during 1980s
1995:
Directed feature film adaptation of Stephen King's "Dolores Claiborne"
1996:
Produced documentary "When We Were Kings," about the famous 'Rumble in the Jungle' heavyweight championship match between Ali and Foreman
1997:
Directed "The Devil's Advocate," with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino
2000:
Produced and directed "Proof of Life," starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe
2004:
Produced and directed "Ray," the story of legendary blues singer Ray Charles starring Jamie Foxx in title role; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Picture; also earned Oscar nomination for Best Director; nominated by Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement
2010:
Produced and directed "Love Ranch," based on true story of a married couple who opened first legal brothel in Nevada; wife Helen Mirren starred in film
2013:
Directed Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Hackford won two local Emmy Awards (presumably in Los Angeles where he worked for public TV affiliate KCET) in 1974 and 1977 for his work as an investigative reporter.

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wife:
Georgie Lowres. Divorced; mother of Hackford's son Rio.
wife:
Lynne Littman. Producer; director. Divorced; mother of Hackford's son Alexander; won Oscar for 1976's Documentary short "Number Our Days"; produced and directed "Testament" (1982).
wife:
Helen Mirren. Actor. Together since c. 1985; married on December 31, 1997 in Inverness, Scotland.

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father:
Joseph Hackford. Divorced from Hackford's mother.
mother:
Mary Hackford. Waitress. Divorced from Hackford's father.
son:
Rio D Hackford. Jewelry designer. Born on June 28, 1970; mother, Georgie Lowres.
son:
Alexander Littman Hackford. Born on May 15, 1979; mother, Lynne Littman.
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