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George Roy Hill

George Roy Hill

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Also Known As: Died: December 27, 2002
Born: December 20, 1922 Cause of Death: complications of Parkinson's disease
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: Director ...
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Served in World War II as Marine transport pilot
1948:
Acting debut in Shaw's "The Devil's Disciple" with Cyril Cusack's repertory company in Dublin
1948:
Stage directing debut "Biography" at Gate Theatre in Dublin
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Toured USA with Margaret Webster's Shakespeare Repertory Company in early 1950s
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Appeared on Broadway in a small part in "Richard II"
1950:
Scored considerable personal success as Gustav in Strindberg's "The Creditors" opposite Beatrice Arthur at the Cherry Lane Theatre
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Served as a fighter pilot in Korean War, achieved rank of major
1952:
Appeared in documentary style drama "Walk East on Beacon Street"
1953:
His play, "My Brother's Keeper", performed on "Kraft Television Theatre" (NBC); also acted in it
1956:
Nominated for Emmys as director and co-author of "A Night to Remember" ("Kraft Television Theatre"), a drama about the sinking of the Titanic
1957:
Broadway directing debut, the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Look Homeward, Angel", starring Anthony Perkins
1960:
Directed Frank Loesser's musical "Greenwillow", again starring Perkins
1962:
Film directing debut, adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play "Period of Adjustment", which he had directed on Broadway
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Formed independent company, Pan Arts, with his former agent Jerome Hellman
1964:
Delighted reviewers with "The World of Henry Orient", starring Peter Sellers; though some maintain it is his beat picture, it did poorly at the box office
1966:
Had critical and commercial failure with big-budget "Hawaii", a picture that actually faired better on TV; first collaboration with Julie Andrews
1967:
First real moneymaker, the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie", starring Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore
1969:
Scored huge hit with first collaboration with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", co-produced by Hill and Paul Monash
1972:
Co-produced (again with Monash) and directed "Slaughterhouse Five", adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel
1975:
Reteamed with Newman and Redford and won the Best Director Oscar for "The Sting"
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Quit Hollywood after "A Little Romance" (1979) to teach a course in drama at his alma mater Yale
1982:
Returned to Hollywood and made "The World According to Garp", adapted by Steve Tesich from the John Irving novel; Hill had cameo as pilot who crashes into Garp's house
1988:
Last film to date, "Funny Farm", an easy-going, mildly endearing comedy starring Chevy Chase
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Returned to teaching at Yale

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