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Born: January 25, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Austin, Texas, USA Profession: Director ...
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Began making movies at age nine after discovering his father's 8mm camera
1959:
Made first short (with sound), "The Abyss"
1963:
Directed short entitled "Heisters"
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Directed award-winning short film, "Down Friday Street"
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Broke into professional filmmaking via commericals and industrials
1968:
Directed a PBS documentary on the folk trio, "Peter, Paul, and Mary"; first produced effort
1969:
Feature debut as producer, director and screenwriter, "Eggshells (An American Freak Odyssey)", a story about the decline of the peace movement; won award at the Atlanta Film Festival but failed to find a distributor
1971:
Feature acting debut, "The Windsplitter"
1974:
Gained notoriety by directing, producing, co-writing (with Kim Hendel), and score composer (with Wayne Bell) the horror/exploitation classic, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; produced on a budget of $155,000, went on to reputedly gross $50 million (reports vary considerably) but, due to complications with distribution, its maker received only a fraction of his contractual share
1976:
Completed second feature "Eaten Alive/Death Trap/Legend of the Bayou/Horror Hotel/Starlight Slaughter" (directed; wrote story; composed score); had extreme creative differences with the producers who recut the film
1979:
Fired as the helmer of a feature entitled "The Dark"; replaced by John Bud Carlos
1979:
TV directing debut, directed the well-received CBS miniseries "Salem's Lot", the first TV adaptation of a Stephen King work
1981:
Fired as helmer of horror feature "Venom"; replaced by Piers Haggard
1981:
Experienced extreme creative differences with producers of "The Funhouse" which he directed
1982:
Helmed first big-budget studio feature, "Poltergeist" produced by Steven Spielberg; feature rumored to have been actually co-directed by the overpowering auteur
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Dissatisfied with scripts being offered, directed "Dancing With Myself", a music video for recording artist Billy Idol
1984:
Signed a three-picture deal with Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus of Cannon Films
1986:
First credit as a modelmaker, also provided music, co-produced, and directed, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2", a gory yet satirical sequel to his 1974 landmark
1987:
TV series directing debut, "Amazing Stories"
1988:
Directed the pilot episode ("No More Mr. Nice Guy") for the syndicated horror anthology series "Freddy's Nightmares"
1989:
First screenwriting collaboration with visual effects artist ("Lifeforce" 1985; "The Mangler" 1995) cum writing partner Stephen Brooks, "Spontaneous Combustion" (also directed); released direct-to-video; they also co-scripted "The Mangler" (1995)
1990:
TV-movie (as opposed to miniseries) directing debut, "I'm Dangerous Tonight", a supernatural thriller for the USA Network
1991:
Directed first TV special, "Haunted Lives . . . True Ghost Stories" for CBS
1993:
Directed a segment ("Eye") for the omnibus Showtime telefilm "John Carpenter Presents Body Bags" (also acted)
1995:
Signed an exclusive multi-year development deal with Walt Disney TV to create, produce and direct series, movies and miniseries through his Amberson Films
1995:
Directed the pilot for UPN's "Nowhere Man", a cultish suspense series
1996:
Credited as special visual effects creator on the UPN special "Real Ghosts II" (also directed)
1996:
Helmed the two-hour pilot/series premiere of the NBC period sci-fi thriller "Dark Skies"
2002:
Directed the "Beyond the Sky" episode of Steven Spielberg's miniseries "Taken" (Sci-fi)

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