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Encountering Spielberg: A Steven Spielberg Profile (Part 1)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the first of a five part feature...

“My childhood was bad and it was good. It was chaotic; it was noisy; it was real loud. I have a big family, with three younger sisters,” stated American filmmaker Steven Spielberg whose reserved father, Arnold, was an electrical engineer for General Electric and his doting mother, Leah, a former concert pianist. “My dad was of that World War II ethic. He brought home the bacon, and my mother cooked it, and we ate it. I went to my dad for things, but he was always analytical. I was more passionate in my approach to any question, and so we always clashed.” Leaving behind his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, the young boy found himself and his family being transplanted to New Jersey and then to Arizona. Certain rules had to be followed in the Spielberg household.
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Movies... For Free! Duel (1971)

Duel, 1971

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Dennis Weaver, Carey Loftin and Jacqueline Scott

Written by I Am Legend novelist Richard Matheson and based off his own short story that had featured in Playboy, Duel is a psychological thriller about a motorist (Dennis Weaver) who is stalked by a crazed truck driver (Carey Loftin). It is notable for being the feature debut of Steven Spielberg, who had recently signed to a contract with Universal and had been honing his skills on the well-received TV pilot Night Gallery (1969) and episodes of several TV shows including Marcus Welby, M.D. (1970), Columbo (1971) and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1971).

Shot on location in 13 days for an original running time of 74 minutes, Duel enjoyed high ratings when it premiered on Us television as an ABC Movie of the Week in November 1971. This prompted Spielberg to embark on two additional days of filming, extending the movie to
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Actor Arthur Hill dies at 84

Actor Arthur Hill dies at 84
Arthur Hill, a Tony winner who also starred in the TV series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, has died. He was 84.

Hill died Sunday at a Pacific Palisades, Calif., care facility after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his friend Walter Seltzer said Thursday.

Hill won a Tony Award in 1962 for his performance as George in the original production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He played the embattled character for 15 months on Broadway and an additional three months in London.

In Owen Marshall, which ran from 1971-74, he starred as an earnest, congenial lawyer who ran a small law office with one younger partner, played by Lee Majors.

Throughout his career, the actor, who was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, in 1922, was most recognizable playing distinguished, affable characters. He moved to the U.K. in 1948 and performed in a variety of stage productions, then moved to New York 10 years later and established himself on Broadway.

Actor Arthur Hill dies at 84

Actor Arthur Hill dies at 84
Arthur Hill, a Tony winner who also starred in the TV series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, has died. He was 84.

Hill died Sunday at a Pacific Palisades, Calif., care facility after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his friend Walter Seltzer said Thursday.

Hill won a Tony Award in 1962 for his performance as George in the original production of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" He played the embattled character for 15 months on Broadway and an additional three months in London.

In Owen Marshall, which ran from 1971-74, he starred as an earnest, congenial lawyer who ran a small law office with one younger partner, played by Lee Majors.

Throughout his career, the actor, who was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, in 1922, was most recognizable playing distinguished, affable characters. He moved to the U.K. in 1948 and performed in a variety of stage productions, then moved to New York 10 years later and established himself on Broadway.

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