“ Directed Rock of Ages (2012) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Barry Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he wanted to go to Los Angeles...
“ Directed Rain Man (1988) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller
and Anne Meara
. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism). It's not surprising that...
“ Directed Tropic Thunder (2008) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma is one of the well-known directors who spear-headed the new movement in Hollywood during the 1970s. He is known for his many films that go from violent pictures, to Hitchcock-like thrillers. Born on the 11th of September in 1940, De Palma was born in New Jersey in an American-Italian family...
“ Directed Mission: Impossible (1996) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Valkyrie (2008) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Certainly idiosyncratic as a writer, Cameron Crowe has created a series of scripts that, while liked by the critics, were considered offbeat and difficult to market. Cameron Bruce Crowe was born in Palm Springs, California, to Alice Marie Crowe
(née George), a teacher and activist, and James A. Crowe...
“ Directed Jerry Maguire (1996) &
Vanilla Sky (2001) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Christopher McQuarrie is an acclaimed producer, director and an Academy Award® winning writer. McQuarrie grew up in Princeton Junction, New Jersey and in lieu of college, he spent the first five years out of school traveling and working at a detective agency. He later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film...
“ Directed Jack Reacher (2012) & Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Losin' It (1983) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Edge of Tomorrow (2014) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Edward Zwick is well-known for his heroic movies that include Glory
, and the breathtaking works of art that include Legends of the Fall
. Zwick has also been known for his thoughtfulness as a director, and for his record of working with television series and other films as a producer. Born in 1952...
“ Directed The Last Samurai (2003) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola
, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola
(née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Directed The Outsiders (1983) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Endless Love (1981) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Taps (1981) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Mission: Impossible III (2006) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Knight and Day (2010) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Born in southern China, John Woo grew up in Hong Kong, where he began his film career as an assistant director in 1969, working for Shaw Brothers Studios. He directed his first feature in 1973 and has been a prolific director ever since, working in a wide variety of genres before A Better Tomorrow
“ Directed Mission: Impossible II (2000) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Oblivion (2013) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed All the Right Moves (1983) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
A student of London's International Film School, Michael Mann began his career in the late 70s, writing for TV shows like Starsky and Hutch
. He directed his first film, the award-winning prison drama The Jericho Mile
, in 1979. He followed that in 1981 with his first theatrical release, Thief
starring James Caan
as a safe-cracker who falls under the spell of the mob...
“ Directed Collateral (2004) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
After serious deliberations about entering the priesthood - he entered a seminary in 1956 - Martin Scorsese opted to channel his passions into film. He graduated from NYU as a film major in 1964. Catching the eye of producer Roger Corman
with his 1960s student films (including co-editing Woodstock
“ Directed The Color of Money (1986) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Oliver Stone has become known as a master of controversial subjects and a legendary film maker. His films are filled with a variety of film angles and styles, he pushes his actors to give Oscar-worthy performances, and despite his failures, has always returned to success. William Oliver Stone was born in New York City...
“ Directed Born on the Fourth of July (1989) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Risky Business (1983) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Directed Magnolia (1999) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Directed Legend (1985) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Robert Reiner was born in New York City, to Estelle Reiner
(née Lebost) and Emmy-Winning actor, comedian, writer, and producer Carl Reiner
. Robert as a child often looked up to his father as his inspiration and role-model. Carl Reiner was on The Dick Van Dyke Show which Carl Reiner created and also starred in...
“ Directed A Few Good Men (1992) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Charles Robert Redford, Jr. was born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Martha (Hart), from Texas, and Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, who was originally from Connecticut. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Robert's mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school...
“ Directed Lions for Lambs (2007) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
“ Directed Cocktail (1988) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
“ Directed Far and Away (1992) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Date of Birth: 26th of July 1928
New York City, New York, United States of America
Date of Death: 7th of March 1999 (Aged 70)
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England
Directed Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ Directed Minority Report (2002) &
War of the Worlds (2005) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
“ Date of Birth: 1st of July 1934
Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Date of Death: 26th of May 2008 (Aged 73)
Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Directed The Firm (1993) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott
. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British military...
“ Date of Birth: 21st of June 1944
North Shields, Northumberland, England
Date of Death: 19th of August 2012
San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Directed Top Gun (1986) &
Days of Thunder (1990) ” - Al Toms, BSc Port