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Also Known As: Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola Died:
Born: March 15, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Finland Profession: director, screenwriter, producer

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As a director of primarily action-oriented films, Renny Harlin began his career in the late 1980s on a promising note with the lucrative "Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). Immediately following the highly profitable fourth installment to the horror series, Harlin - previously a successful filmmaker in his native Finland - suddenly found himself to be Hollywood's go-to director of action movies. He kept expectations high with "Die Hard 2" (1990), another box office success that gave many the impression that this was no one-hit wonder. But Harlin started to falter a bit with "Cliffhanger" (1993), a Sylvester Stallone vehicle that performed well with audiences, but earned particular scorn from critics. The façade crumbled for good with "Cutthroat Island" (1995), perhaps one of the most derided film ever made. In fact, never before was there a film that bombed so utterly and completely as "Cutthroat Island," which became at the time a Guinness Book of World Records holder as being the biggest financial disaster in Hollywood history. Not only did the film tank, but it forever dulled the sheen of Harlin's golden boy status, not to mention ruined the feature career of former wife, actress...

As a director of primarily action-oriented films, Renny Harlin began his career in the late 1980s on a promising note with the lucrative "Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). Immediately following the highly profitable fourth installment to the horror series, Harlin - previously a successful filmmaker in his native Finland - suddenly found himself to be Hollywood's go-to director of action movies. He kept expectations high with "Die Hard 2" (1990), another box office success that gave many the impression that this was no one-hit wonder. But Harlin started to falter a bit with "Cliffhanger" (1993), a Sylvester Stallone vehicle that performed well with audiences, but earned particular scorn from critics. The façade crumbled for good with "Cutthroat Island" (1995), perhaps one of the most derided film ever made. In fact, never before was there a film that bombed so utterly and completely as "Cutthroat Island," which became at the time a Guinness Book of World Records holder as being the biggest financial disaster in Hollywood history. Not only did the film tank, but it forever dulled the sheen of Harlin's golden boy status, not to mention ruined the feature career of former wife, actress Geena Davis. Though Harlin continued to regularly make films, he never again reached the initial promise he displayed at the start of his career.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Skiptrace (2014)
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  Hercules 3D (2014)
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  Mannerheim (2010)
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  12 Rounds (2009)
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  Cleaner (2007)
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  Mindhunters (2005) Director
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  Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Driven (2001)
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Published his own magazine at age nine
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At age 20, founded his own production company which made short films and documentaries
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By age 23, had produced several comercials, TV documentaries and short films
1982:
Made documentary short, "Hold On"
1985:
Moved to the US
1986:
Privately funded the first 20 minutes of his debut feature, "Born American"; received additional funding for completion
1988:
Directed the low-budget horror film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master"; became the highest grossing independent film at that time
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Formed production company Midnight Sun Pictures
1990:
Directed first big-budget smash "Die Hard 2"
1991:
First film as a producer, "Rambling Rose"; directed by Martha Coolidge
1994:
Formed Forge Productions with Geena Davis
1995:
Directed wife Geena Davis in the poorly received, "Cutthroat Island"
1996:
Directed Davis and Samuel L Jackson in "The Long Kiss Goodnight"
1999:
Re-teamed with Jackson for the shark movie "Deep Blue Sea"
2001:
Teamed with Sylvester Stallone to produce and direct the race-car movie "Driven"
2004:
Directed Stellan Skarsgard in the thriller "Exorcist: The Beginning"
2005:
Directed Val Kilmer and LL Cool J in the pshchological thriller "Mindhunters"
2006:
Helmed an adaptation of the graphic novel, "The Covenant"
2007:
Directed Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris in the thriller, "Cleaner"
2009:
Helmed the action film, "12 Rounds"
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Education

University of Helsiniki: -

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companion:
Laura Dern. Actor. Harlin produced "Rambling Rose" (1991).
wife:
Geena Davis. Actor. Married September 18, 1993; separated amicably in April 1997; Davis filed for divorce in August 1997; finalized in 1998.
companion:
Tiffany Browne. Had brief relationship with Browne that resulted in birth of Harlin's son in August 1997.

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