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|Also Known As:||Alan Smithee||Died:|
|Born:||November 22, 1923||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Edmonton, Alberta, CA||Profession:||Director ... director producer actor|
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller began in radio and, after a brief stint helming TV on his home shores, moved to the USA where he quickly established himself directing both live and film series like "Playhouse 90", "Gunsmoke" and "Naked City", for which he received a 1962 Emmy nomination. He made an auspicious feature debut at the helm of the teen flick, "The Careless Years" (1957), starring Dean Stockwell, but did not return to the big screen until 1963 ("Miracle of the White Stallions" and "The Wheeler Dealers"). Although he has worked in a variety of genres, from the dramatic ("The Man in the Glass Booth" 1974) to the romantic ("Love Story" 1970), Hiller has shown his greatest facility with light comedy, working equally well with writers like Neil Simon ("The Out-of-Towners" 1970, "Plaza Suite" 1971), Andrew Bergman ("The In-Laws" 1979), Israel Horowitz ("Author! Author!" 1982) and Leslie Dixon ("Outrageous Fortune" 1987). However, two of his best movies, the unjustly neglected "The Americanization of Emily" (1964) and the bleak satire "The Hospital" (1971), both scripted by Paddy Chayefsky, were notably dark films.
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