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Taylor Hackford

Taylor HackfordAKA Taylor Edwin Hackford

Born: 31-Dec-1944
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Film Director
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: An Officer and a Gentleman

Taylor Hackford started as a mailroom clerk at L.A.'s public TV station, KCET, where he worked his way up to investigative reporter and eventually won two Emmys. He won an Oscar in 1978 for his first short film, Teenage Father, starring Suzanne Crough (the youngest member of The Partridge Family) as the teenaged mother. Hackford has since become known for enjoyable if somewhat longwinded dramas like An Officer and A Gentleman, Everybody's All-American, The Devil's Advocate, and an adaptation of Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne. Hackford's biggest hit was Ray in 2004, after he spent 16 years trying to get the biopic financed. Its subject, Ray Charles, died just weeks before the film opened.

In 2002, Hackford signed on as a co-plaintiff in the Directors Guild's lawsuit against a "family-oriented" video company called CleanFlicks, which had re-edited Proof of Life to make the movie OK for ninnies. CleanFlicks had removed the entire opening sequence involving rebel brutality, deleted the film's first killings, and edited out the subsequent kidnapping that set the plot into motion.

Son: Rio D. Hackford (bar owner and actor, Swingers, b. 28-Jun-1970)
Wife: Helen Mirren (actress, cohabited since 1986, m. 31-Dec-1997)

    University: BA International Relations, University of Southern California (1966)
    University: BA Film, University of Southern California (1968)

    Al Franken for Senate
    Innocence Project Artists' Committee
    John Kerry for President
    Kappa Alpha Order
    Midwest Values PAC
    Peace Corps two years in Bolivia, 1960s
    Progressive Patriots Fund

    Parker (23-Jan-2013)
    Love Ranch (30-Jun-2010)
    Ray (12-Sep-2004)
    Proof of Life (4-Dec-2000)
    The Devil's Advocate (17-Oct-1997)
    Dolores Claiborne (24-Mar-1995)
    Blood In, Blood Out: Bound by Honor (16-Apr-1993)
    Everybody's All-American (4-Nov-1988)
    Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (18-Sep-1987)
    White Nights (22-Nov-1985)
    Against All Odds (2-Mar-1984)
    An Officer and a Gentleman (28-Jul-1982)
    The Idolmaker (14-Nov-1980)

    Bukowski: Born into This (18-Jan-2003) · Himself

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