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Writer, director, producer, actor. Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, and raised in the seaport town of San Pedro. Got his start acting and writing for legendary exploitation director/producer Roger Corman. Came into his own during the 1970s when he was regarded as one of the finest screenwriters in Hollywood. Began directing with mixed success... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Mission: Impossible
(1996)
Chinatown
Chinatown Writer
(1974)
Days of Thunder
(1990)

Filmography

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 2006 Ask the Dust (screenplay)
 2000 Mission: Impossible II (screenplay)
 1998 Without Limits (written by)
 1996 Mission: Impossible (screenplay)
 1994 Love Affair (screenplay)
 1993 The Firm (screenplay)
 1990 The Two Jakes (characters) / (written by)
 1990 Days of Thunder (screenplay) / (story)
 1988 Tequila Sunrise (written by)
 1988 Frantic (uncredited)
 1987 Tough Guys Don't Dance (uncredited)
 1986 8 Million Ways to Die (uncredited)
 1983 Deal of the Century (uncredited)
 1982 Personal Best (written by)
 1978 Heaven Can Wait (uncredited)
 1977 Orca (uncredited)
 1976 The Missouri Breaks (uncredited)
 1975 Shampoo (written by)
 1974 The Yakuza (screenplay)
 1974 Chinatown (written by)
 1974 The Parallax View (uncredited)
 1973 The Last Detail (screenplay)
 1972 The New Centurions (uncredited)
 1972 Cisco Pike (uncredited)
 1971 Drive, He Said (uncredited)
 1968 Villa Rides (screenplay)
 1967 Bonnie and Clyde (uncredited)
 1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The Dove Affair (1964) ... (written by)
 1964 The Tomb of Ligeia (screenplay)
  The Outer Limits (TV Series) (story by - 1 episode, 1964) (teleplay by - 1 episode, 1964)
- The Chameleon (1964) ... (story by) / (teleplay by)
 1964 Breaking Point (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
- So Many Pretty Girls, So Little Time (1964) ... (teleplay)
  The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series) (written by - 3 episodes, 1963) (teleplay - 1 episode, 1963)
- The Epidemic (1963) ... (written by)
- The Last Lion (1963) ... (written by)
- A Personal Matter (1963) ... (teleplay)
- My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy (1963) ... (written by)
 1960 Last Woman on Earth (screenplay)
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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Robert Tubin | P.H. Vazak | Edward Wain
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Personal Quote:

The [American] dream was more "If you can be similar in that way, you can be American and have equal opportunities." Whereas today it's, how can I put it? It's kind of Balkanized: Black pride. Gay pride. White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant pride. All of these things, you know, they're more polarized, aren't they? The red and blue states. Christians, that's the most insidious aspect of it, giving into ... See more »

Trivia:

Had his name replaced in the final credits of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) after he saw the film. The name he substituted, "P.H. Vazak", was that of his sheepdog. Wrote the garden scene between Marlon Brando and Al Pacino for The Godfather (1972). A long-time friend of Jack Nicholson whom he met while attending Jeff Corey's acting classes in the late 1950s. See more »

Trademark:

Reputation as Script Doctor Extraordinaire

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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