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Born: October 4, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Essex, England, GB Profession: director, documentarian, editor, producer

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Though British filmmaker Mick Jackson helmed the hugely successful Whitney Houston vehicle "The Bodyguard" (1992), his body of work was anchored by award-winning, fact-based dramas for film and television like "Threads" (BBC, 1984), "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC, 1999) and "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010). Born October 4, 1943 in Aveley, Essex, England, Jackson's educational career followed a similar path to his professional life: h earned a degree in electronics from the University of Southampton before gaining his postgraduate degree in drama from the University of Bristol. His film career also began on the technical side as an editor for BBC television productions before he moved into producing and directing a string of science-based documentary projects, including "The Ascent of Man" (BBC, 1973). By the early 1980s, Jackson was alternating between documentary and dramatic efforts, including the harrowing docudrama "Threads," about the impact of a nuclear war on middle-class British families. The BAFTA-winning film would set the tone for much of Jackson's subsequent work: dramas based on real-life events, like "Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent" (BBC, 1986) and "Life Story" (BBC, 1987), about the discovery of...

Though British filmmaker Mick Jackson helmed the hugely successful Whitney Houston vehicle "The Bodyguard" (1992), his body of work was anchored by award-winning, fact-based dramas for film and television like "Threads" (BBC, 1984), "Tuesdays with Morrie" (ABC, 1999) and "Temple Grandin" (HBO, 2010). Born October 4, 1943 in Aveley, Essex, England, Jackson's educational career followed a similar path to his professional life: h earned a degree in electronics from the University of Southampton before gaining his postgraduate degree in drama from the University of Bristol. His film career also began on the technical side as an editor for BBC television productions before he moved into producing and directing a string of science-based documentary projects, including "The Ascent of Man" (BBC, 1973). By the early 1980s, Jackson was alternating between documentary and dramatic efforts, including the harrowing docudrama "Threads," about the impact of a nuclear war on middle-class British families. The BAFTA-winning film would set the tone for much of Jackson's subsequent work: dramas based on real-life events, like "Yuri Nosenko: Double Agent" (BBC, 1986) and "Life Story" (BBC, 1987), about the discovery of the DNA double helix. Jackson continued in this vein after moving to Los Angeles, where his skill with intimate dramas like "Chattahoochee" (1989), with Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper as patients in a corrupt mental hospital, led to major studio assignments like "L.A. Story" (1991). Jackson moved into blockbuster territory with "The Bodyguard," the chart-topping romantic drama with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, but appeared to prefer character-driven, fact-based material like "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO, 1995), which earned him his first Emmy nomination and Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for direction. He would continue to find success on the small screen, with DGA wins for the Oprah Winfrey-produced "Tuesdays with Morrie" and Emmy nods for "Live from Baghdad" (HBO, 2002), based on the non-fiction account by CNN producer Robert Weiner. Producing for television kept him busy at the turn of the millennium, but he returned to directing for several powerful TV efforts, most notably "Temple Grandin." about the autistic animal science professor and inventor, played by Claire Danes. The project won Jackson his first Emmy, as well as awards from the American Film Institute, DGA and the Peabody Awards. In 2016, Jackson directed "Denial," based on historian Deborah E. Lipstadt's book about her legal battle against Holocaust denier David Irving. The drama, penned by David Hare, was his first feature effort in more than a decade and received positive reviews during its theatrical run.

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  Live From Baghdad (2002) Director
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  Tuesdays With Morrie (1999) Director
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  Volcano (1997) Director
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  Clean Slate (1994) Director
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  The Bodyguard (1992) Director

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1974:
Directed and produced the series, "The Ascent of Man"
1990:
American feature directorial debut with "Chattahoochee"
1989:
Helmed the British mini-series, "A Very British Coup"
1986:
American TV directorial debut with the HBO original ovie, "Yuri Nosenko, KGB"
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Joined the BBC as an editor
1991:
Directed "L.A. Story," starring Steve Martin
1992:
Directed "The Bodyguard," starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner
1997:
Directed Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche in "Volcano"
1999:
Directed the ABC adaptation of Mitch Albom's novel "Tuesdays with Morrie," starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria
2002:
Directed HBO's "Live from Baghdad"; earned an Emmy (2003) nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
2010:
Directed the HBO biopic "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series ("Temple Grandin")
2016:
Directed "Denial," his first feature in over a decade
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