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Peter Bogdanovich DIRECTOR

Director, actor, screenwriter, producer Peter Bogdanovich was born July 30, 1939 in Kingston, New York to a Serbian father and Jewish mother. At age fifteen he began studying acting with Stella Adler in New York City, appearing in summer stock and television, and by age twenty he had begun directing off-Broadway stage productions. He also wrote a series of three monographs on Orson Wells, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock for the Museum of Modern Art, as well as multiple reviews for magazines such as Film Culture and Esquire. His writings were very much influenced by the French critics of the 1950's who wrote for Cahiers du Cinéma. He was especially impressed by French critic-turned-director François Truffaut.

In 1966 he followed in the footsteps of Truffaut by delving into the direction of films. Bogdanovich first served as second assistant director to Roger Corman for the action flick “The Wild Angels” (1966). His experience with the feature also included filming, editing, acting, and rewriting. Corman subsequently gave him his own films to write, direct, and produce, which he called “Targets” (1968) and “Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women” (1968). “Targets”, a thriller starring Boris Karloff, became a cult classic.
Thirty two year old Bogdanovich came out with his most famous in 1971, “The Last Picture Show”, a nostalgic film about the forgotten fifties. It was extremely lucrative, earning eight Oscar nods, including ones for Best Director and Best Writing. As well, critics hailed the Cybill Shepherd, Jeff Bridges coming-of-age story as brilliant, and the Library of Congress recently allocated the film as a National Treasure.

He followed up with another very successful movie, “What’s up, Doc?” (1972), which featured Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. The screwball comedy won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay. Next came the Depression era dramedy “Paper Moon” (1973), starring Ryan O’Neal and his ten year old daughter, Tatum O’Neal, who actually won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

A not too well received feature trailed, Bogdanovich’s version of Henry James’ classic by the same name, “Daisy Miller” (1974). It flopped at the box office, while also garnering negative critical reviews. This film signaled the decline of the director’s esteem in Hollywood. His follow up, “At Long Last Love” (1975), was hailed by critics and audiences alike as one the best worst pictures ever made. His silent-movie tribute, “Nickelodeon” (1976), became the director’s third consecutive flop.
After a three year break from filmmaking, Bogdanovich returned with the rather disappointing “Saint Jack” (1979) for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Productions Inc. In 1981 he did a film with 1980’s Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten, titled “They All Laughed”. During filming, the director fell in love with already married Stratten. When she told her husband she was leaving him to be with Bogdanovich, he murdered her and then committed suicide. The negative publicity surrounding the actress caused distributors to resist buying the film, thus resulting in its failure and Bogdanovich’s bankruptcy. He then revisited his writing and published a memoir called The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten (1960-1980) (1984).

Although Bogdanovich would never achieve the same noteworthiness as he had had prior, he released a modest success, “The Mask”, in 1985. His next, “Texasville” (1990), which was the sequel to “The Last Picture Show”, turned out to be a box office and critical disappointment.  He directed two more movies, “Noises Off…” (1992) and “The Thing Called Love” (1992), but they failed to win support. Consequently, he stayed on hiatus until 2001’s “The Cat’s Meow”, a mystery about the death of Hollywood pioneer Thomas Ince. It fared okay with critics, but its box office numbers were low.

While the director’s features seemed to be flops in his later career, he continued to act. He can be seen in television shows like “The Sopranos” (2000-2007) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2005-2007), as well as movies that include “Broken English” (2007) and “Queen of the Lot” (2010). Most recently, he’s done onscreen work on “The Tell-Tale Heart” (2012) and “Max Rose” (2012).
2012       Max Rose 
2011       A Pure LIfe 
2012       The Tell-Tale Heart 
2012       The Healer 
2011       Rizzoli & Isles 
2010       Queen of the Lot 
2010       Abandoned 
2008       Humboldt County 
2007       The Doorman 
2007       The Fifth Patient 
2007       The Dukes 
2007       The Simpsons  
2007       Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream 2007 Dedication 
2007       Broken English 
2006       Infamous
2005       Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2004       Hustle  
2004       The Mystery of Natalie Wood
2004       8 Simple Rules 
2003       Out of Order 
2001       The Cat's Meow

2001       Festival in Cannes 
2000       Rated X 
2000       The Sopranos
1999       Claire Makes It Big

1999       Coming Soon
1999       The Last Picture Show: A Look Back  
1999       A Saintly Switch 
1998       Naked City: A Killer Christmas

1998       Lick the Star 
1998       54 
1997       Bella Mafia 
1997       Mr. Jealousy 
1997       Highball      
1997       Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women 
1997       The Price of Heaven 
1996       To Sir, with Love II

1995       Never Say Goodbye Aids Benefit by Yoko Ono
1995       Fallen Angels 
1994       Picture Windows
1993       The Thing Called Love 
1992       Noises Off... 
1990       Texasville 
1988       Illegally Yours

1985       Mask  
1984       City Girl 
1981       They All Laughed 
1979       Saint Jack

1977       Opening Night
1976       Nickelodeon
1975       At Long Last Love 
1974       Daisy Miller 
1973       Paper Moon
1972       What's Up, Doc
1972       The Other Side of the Wind
1971       Directed by John Ford
1968       Targets 
1968       Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women 
1967       The Great Professional: Howard Hawks
1967       The Trip 
1966       The Wild Angels 
1958       Kraft Theatre

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