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Also Known As: John Macdonald Badham Died:
Born: August 25, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Luton, England, GB Profession: director, producer, associate producer, casting director, trailer director

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A Hollywood craftsman who helmed many hit features of the 1980s and 1990s after making a name for himself in 1970s-era television, director John Badham unobtrusively directed slick entertainment that occasionally touched upon such topical social issues as euthanasia, nuclear disarmament and the dangers of the police state. Following a brief but successful career directing episodes of popular 1970s shows like "The Senator" (NBC, 1970-71) and "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77), Badham made a huge splash as a featured director of "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), a massive commercial hit that became the iconic movie of the latter part of the decade while turning John Travolta into a superstar overnight. Just a few years later, he touched another cultural nerve with "WarGames" (1983), which tapped into both the fear and fascination with global thermonuclear war. After turning his attention toward lighthearted sci-fi comedy with the popular "Short Circuit" (1986), Badham displayed a knack for pitch-perfect casting when he brought together Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the popular action comedy "Stakeout" (1987). But once he entered the next decade, the director had a string of tough...

A Hollywood craftsman who helmed many hit features of the 1980s and 1990s after making a name for himself in 1970s-era television, director John Badham unobtrusively directed slick entertainment that occasionally touched upon such topical social issues as euthanasia, nuclear disarmament and the dangers of the police state. Following a brief but successful career directing episodes of popular 1970s shows like "The Senator" (NBC, 1970-71) and "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77), Badham made a huge splash as a featured director of "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), a massive commercial hit that became the iconic movie of the latter part of the decade while turning John Travolta into a superstar overnight. Just a few years later, he touched another cultural nerve with "WarGames" (1983), which tapped into both the fear and fascination with global thermonuclear war. After turning his attention toward lighthearted sci-fi comedy with the popular "Short Circuit" (1986), Badham displayed a knack for pitch-perfect casting when he brought together Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the popular action comedy "Stakeout" (1987). But once he entered the next decade, the director had a string of tough near-misses like "Point of No Return" (1993), "Drop Zone" (1994) and "Nick of Time" (1995) that led to a prolonged absence from film in order to helm episodic television. Though mostly flying under the radar for the duration of his time working for the small screen, Badham remained one Hollywood's more workman-like directors.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Evel Knievel (2004) Director
2.
  Footsteps (2003) Director
3.
  Obsessed (2002) Director
4.
  Brother's Keeper (2002) Director
5.
  Last Debate, The (2000) Director
6.
  Jack Bull, The (1999) Director
7.
  Floating Away (1998) Director
8.
  Incognito (1998) Director
9.
  Nick of Time (1995) Director
10.
  Drop Zone (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Last Debate, The (2000) Don Beard
3.
 Matthew Broderick (2001) Interviewee
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
Moved to US
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Raised in Birmingham, Alabama
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Began career in mailroom of Universal Studios
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Became a studio tour guide
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Became a casting director
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Assisted veteran TV producer William Sackheim on various projects
1969:
Served as associate producer of omnibus TV movie and unofficial pilot, "Night Gallery"; assistant director on Steven Spielberg-directed segment
1970:
TV directing debut with an episode of "The Senator" starring Hal Holbrook
1971:
TV-movie directing debut, "The Impatient Heart"
1976:
Feature co-directing debut (with Daniel Haller, Leon Benson, Robert Day and Joseph Sargent), "Sunshine Part II" (sequel to the 1973 TV-movie made up of episodes from the short-lived TV series)
1976:
Solo theatrical feature directing debut, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings"
1977:
Directed the blockbuster, "Saturday Night Fever"
1983:
Directed two of the highest grossing films of the summer season, "War Games" and "Blue Thunder"
1987:
First film as producer (also director), "Stakeout"
1988:
Formed the Badham/Cohen Group with Rob Cohen
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1961
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1963

Notes

Badham was born in England but raised in Alabama, USA.

President of the John Badham Films Inc.

He is chairman of the JMB Films Inc.

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wife:
Bonnie Sue Hughes. Married on December 28, 1967; divorced in 1979.
wife:
Jan Speck. Married in 1983.

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father:
Henry Badham. Former US Air Force general, executive. After retiring from the US Air Force as a general, became president of the Bessemer Coal, Iron and Land Company.
mother:
Mary Badham. Actor.
sister:
Mary Badham. Former actor. Starred as child in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962).
daughter:
Kelly MacDonald Badham. Mother Bonnie Sue Hughes.
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