Oliver began his career in the film industry at the age of ten, starring in Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist." After acting in various film and television roles, he moved behind the camera. At the age of fifteen, he wrote, directed and produced The Crystal, which won first prize at the French "Les Mesnil-le-Roi" Film Festival. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California Film School's Production Program, he wrote, directed and produced close to fifty industrial, short and feature films. His feature teen comedies, "Dumped" and "Wild Roomies," both were released to DVD internationally in all world markets. Additionally, the Hallmark Channel recently produced Oliver's screenplay "You've Got A Friend," which aired to the best ratings ever for a June original movie premiere in the history of the network. Oliver will also direct Treasure Entertainment's "Prom Date," another teen comedy scheduled to go into production in mid 2010.
While filming the scene in Poltergeist where the clown doll comes alive and tries to pull him under his bed, Oliver went through a near-death experience. When the puppet arms wrapped themselves around his neck, he was unable to breathe and began choking. Steven Spielberg thought he was acting (he even yelled "Keep going! You're doing great!"). It was not until Spielberg saw his face turn blue that he realized the young actor was in trouble. Spielberg ran over and pulled the puppet off, saving Oliver's life.