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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 26, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, musician, director of photography, producer, newscaster

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This craftsman's action-oriented films are often singled out for their lush cinematography. Early on, Hyams distinguished himself as a quadruple threat, fulfilling the duties of writer, producer, director and cinematographer, or some combination thereof, on many of his cinematic outings. Originally a jazz drummer and then a new anchor at CBS, a post he left to cover the Vietnam War (about which he made a documentary), Hyams launched a film career producing and scripting "T.R. Baskin" (1970), which starred Candice Bergen as a naive girl having her first fling with big city life. This led the way for Hyams to direct two well-received ABC TV-movies, "The Rolling Man" and "Goodnight My Love" (both 1972), before getting a chance to write and direct his first theatrical feature, the less successful "Busting" (1973), about two rogue Los Angles cops. Undaunted, Hyams wrote and/or directed a string of features throughout the next two decades: among the better received were the romantic drama "Our Time" (1974) and "Telefon" (1977), a slick spy thriller based on a Walter Wager novel for which Hyams co-wrote the screenplay. Considered visually innovative were the political sci-fi thriller "Capricorn One" (1978),...

This craftsman's action-oriented films are often singled out for their lush cinematography. Early on, Hyams distinguished himself as a quadruple threat, fulfilling the duties of writer, producer, director and cinematographer, or some combination thereof, on many of his cinematic outings.

Originally a jazz drummer and then a new anchor at CBS, a post he left to cover the Vietnam War (about which he made a documentary), Hyams launched a film career producing and scripting "T.R. Baskin" (1970), which starred Candice Bergen as a naive girl having her first fling with big city life. This led the way for Hyams to direct two well-received ABC TV-movies, "The Rolling Man" and "Goodnight My Love" (both 1972), before getting a chance to write and direct his first theatrical feature, the less successful "Busting" (1973), about two rogue Los Angles cops.

Undaunted, Hyams wrote and/or directed a string of features throughout the next two decades: among the better received were the romantic drama "Our Time" (1974) and "Telefon" (1977), a slick spy thriller based on a Walter Wager novel for which Hyams co-wrote the screenplay. Considered visually innovative were the political sci-fi thriller "Capricorn One" (1978), which had lots of great chases punctuated by Hyams' witty dialogue; the slickly-made "Outland" (1981), starring Sean Connery in a loose remake of "High Noon" set in outer space; and "2010" (1984), based on Arthur C. Clarke's sequel novel, which Hyams not only wrote and photographed but also produced and directed.

In the suspenseful "Narrow Margin" (1990), a remake of a 1950s classic which Hyams wrote, directed and photographed, star Gene Hackman reveled in a juicily written part opposite Anne Archer. Hyams followed up with the futuristic thriller "Timecop" (1994), a vehicle for the Belgian action star Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hyams' direction and cinematography, plus the film's elaborate technical effects simulating time travel, all got high marks, if the film itself received less than stellar notices. He reteamed with Van Damme for "Sudden Death" (1995), a routine thriller distinguished by its camerawork, then scored a critical success with "The Relic" (1997), which he, again, directed and photographed.

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  Sound of Thunder, A (2005) Director
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  Musketeer, The (2001) Director
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  End of Days (1999) Director
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  Relic, The (1997) Director
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  Sudden Death (1995) Director
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  Timecop (1994) Director
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  Stay Tuned (1992) Director
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  Narrow Margin (1990) Director

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As jazz drummer performed with Maynard Ferguson and Bill Evans
1964:
Was youngest news anchorman in the country at WCBS-TV, New York
1966:
Covered the Vietnam War for the CBS Network; made a documentary on the conditions in the battle zone
1970:
Sold first screenplay, "T.R. Baskin", which he also produced
1972:
TV-movie directing debut, "Rolling Man" (ABC)
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Formed Peter Hyams Productions
1973:
Feature film directing debut, "Busting"; also wrote original screenplay
1978:
Wrote and directed the modest thriller "Capricorn One"
1981:
First screen collaboration with Sean Connery, "Outland", a loose remake of "High Noon" set in outer space; Hyams directed and scripted
1984:
Wrote, produced, directed and photographed sci-fi feature "2010", a sequel to "2001: A Space Odyssey"
1986:
Produced, shot and directed "Running Scared"
1988:
Reteamed with Connery for the thriller "The Presidio"; directed and served as director of photography
1994:
Was director and cinematographer on "Timecop", starring Jean-Claude Van Damme
1995:
Helmed and shot second Van Damme film, "Sudden Death"
1997:
Was director and director of photography on the thriller "The Relic"
2001:
Directed "The Musketeer"; also served as cinematographer
2005:
Directed Edward Burns and Ben Kingsley in "A Sound of Thunder," based on a short story by master of science fiction Ray Bradbury
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Education

Hunter College: New York , New York -
Hunter College: New York , New York -
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

"I am quite good at capturing the vision I want. And that's my problem. I can see quite clearly that my vision isn't all that extraordinary." --Peter Hyams in CINESCAPE, October 1994

"Anyone who directs a movie sees the movie [in their head]. Whatever technique you have, whatever craft you have, serves the effort to accomplish in fact what you see in your head. Photography is the language I speak. It's the language I was brought up speaking. It's my training. To me, it's the equivalent of growing up speaking Japanese, and then going to work in Tokyo." --Hyams in CINESCAPE, October 1994

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grandfather:
Sol Hurok. Theater producer; impresario.
father:
Barry Hyams. Theatrical press agent. Died in 1989 at age 78.
mother:
Ruth Lief.
step-father:
Arthur Lief. Conductor.
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