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Hal Ashby (1929–1988)


Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19, he decided to leave Utah for ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Being There
Being There Director
(1979)
Harold and Maude
Harold and Maude Director
(1971)
The Last Detail
The Last Detail Director
(1973)
Coming Home
Coming Home Director
(1978)

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 2007 Rolling Stones: Satisfaction Interviews (Video documentary)
 1988 Jake's Journey (TV Movie)
 1987 Beverly Hills Buntz (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Pilot (1987)
 1984 Solo Trans (Video)
 1982 Let's Spend the Night Together (Documentary)
 1979 Being There
 1978 Coming Home
 1975 Shampoo
 1970 The Landlord
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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Wm. Hal Ashby
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I was born in Ogden, Utah, the last of four children. Mom and Dad divorced when I was five or six. Dad killed himself when I was 12. I struggled toward growing up, like others, totally confused. Married and divorced twice before I made it to 21. Hitchhiked to Los Angeles when I was 17. Had about 50 or 60 jobs up to the time I was working as a Multilith operator at good old Republic Studios. See more »

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Directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Lee Grant, Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Jack Warden, Jon Voight, Jane Fonda, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Melvyn Douglas and Peter Sellers. Grant, Fonda, Voight and Douglas won Oscars for their performances in one of his movies. See more »

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Virgo

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