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Renny Harlin

Born in 15 March 1959 as Renny Lauri Mauritz Harjola, he is the most successful Finnish film director in the history of Hollywood. Harlin started his career in film business in the beginning of 1980s when he was directing commercials and company films for companies like Shell. Later he worked as a buyer for Finnish film distributor and met Finnish ... See full bio »

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Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2 Director
Cliffhanger Director
Deep Blue Sea
Deep Blue Sea Director
Skiptrace Director


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 2016 Skiptrace
 2013 Graceland (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Bag Man (2013)
- O-Mouth (2013)
- Heat Run (2013)
 2013 Devil's Pass
 2012 Covert Affairs (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Lady Stardust (2012)
 2012 White Collar (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Gloves Off (2012)
 2011-2012 Burn Notice (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Desperate Times (2012)
- Shock Wave (2012)
- Fail Safe (2011)
- Breaking Point (2011)
 2011 5 Days of War
 2009 12 Rounds
 2007 Cleaner
 2006 The Covenant
 2004 Mindhunters
 2001 Driven
 2000 T.R.A.X. (TV Movie)
 1999 Deep Blue Sea
 1999 Making the Video (TV Series documentary) (video "Deepest Bluest")
 1994 Gladiaattorit (TV Series)
 1993 Cliffhanger
 1990 Die Hard 2
 1987 Prison
 1986 Born American
 1981 Kohtauspaikka 33 (TV Short documentary) (as Lauri Harjola)
 1980 Custody (Short) (as Lauri Harjola)
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Show Show Self (54 credits)
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Other Works:

Directed LL Cool J's music video "Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin)" (1999). See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lauri Harjola


6' 4" (1.93 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on writing for Hollywood] I don't want accidents I want disasters. I don't want dirt, I want filth. I don't want a storm, I want a hurricane. I don't want fear, I want panic. I don't want suspense, I want terror. I don't want humor, I want hysteria. See more »


As a child he went to see Alfred Hitchcock films with his mother. See more »


Includes references to Finland, his country of birth [Finland]

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