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Arthur Hiller



After wartime service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Edmontonian Arthur Hiller began his show business career in Canadian radio and television. In the mid-1950s, Hiller left the CBC for American television, directing such live anthologies as Playhouse 90 and such filmed weeklies as Alcoa/Goodyear Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Naked City. He directed his first theatrical film in 1957, moving on to such 1960s big-budgeters as The Americanization of Emily (1964), where he proved himself a superb technician with only a trace of personal style. In 1970, Hiller was fortunate enough to be in the director's chair for that year's biggest hit, Love Story, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Extremely successful for the next four decades, Arthur Hiller continued to turn out such slick, efficient products as Silver Streak (1974), The In-Laws (1976), The Lonely Guy (1984) and The Babe (1992), works that were always as good as (but seldom better than) their scripts. One of Hiller's most admirable professional accomplishments was establishing a strong rapport with notoriously argumentative actor George C. Scott, whom Hiller directed in The Hospital (1971) and Plaza Suite (1971), and about whom Hiller wrote an article for the 1977 compendium Closeups: The Movie Star Book. In 1993, Hiller was appointed president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a post he held until 1997. One of his last films, An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997), was ironic in that Hiller requested his name be taken off the film after seeing the final cut; Alan Smithee was the official pseudonym of the Directors Guild in cases like that, and, therefore, the film credited to Alan Smithee. Hiller won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. He died in 2016, at age 92.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
100% Lunch
  • Actor
2012
67% Who Is Norman Lloyd?
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Pucked
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Unbelievable Truth
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Mr. Prappas
2001
No Score Yet Directed by Alan Smithee
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Lost In The Pershing Point Hotel
  • Evangelist
2000
No Score Yet The Land of the Free
  • Judge
1998
No Score Yet A Dirty Little Business
  • Actor
1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Pitch
  • Actor
1997
13% Carpool
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Roswell
  • Scientist No. 1
1994
10% Beverly Hills Cop III
  • Bar Patron
1994
33% Married to It
  • Director
1993
46% The Babe
  • Director
1992
31% Taking Care of Business
  • Director
1990
18% See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  • Director
1989
50% Outrageous Fortune
  • Director
1987
62% Teachers
  • Director
1984
48% The Lonely Guy
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Romantic Comedy
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Author! Author!
  • Director
1982
31% Making Love
  • Director
1982
0% Nightwing
  • Director
1979
90% The In-Laws
  • Producer
  • Director
1979
88% Silver Streak
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet W.c. Fields And Me
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet The Man in the Glass Booth
  • Director
1975
50% Man of La Mancha
  • Director
  • Producer
1973
100% The Hospital
  • Director
1971
50% Plaza Suite
  • Director
1971
57% Love Story
  • Director
1970
54% The Out-of-Towners
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet American Film Theatre - Bundle
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Popi
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet The Tiger Makes Out
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Tobruk
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Penelope
  • Director
1966
100% The Americanization of Emily
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Director
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre
1956-1961
  • Director

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