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Hampton Fancher

Highest Rated: 92% Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982)

Lowest Rated: 58% The Minus Man (1999)

Birthday: Jul 18, 1938

Birthplace: Not Available

From teen actor to toast-of-the-town screenwriter, there aren't many aspects of the film industry with which Hampton Fancher isn't familiar. Although his career may not have exactly taken the path he anticipated, Fancher has still managed to maintain a fairly optimistic view. The L.A. native opted to live in Spain while still in his teens, and after changing his name to Mario Montejo, he became an accomplished flamenco dancer. Returning the States in the early '60s, Fancher sought work as an actor and married 17-year-old actress Sue Lyon. When the short-lived union ended bitterly, Fancher withdrew to focus more on his writing; by the end of the 1970s, Fancher had abandoned acting entirely and screenwriting became the driving force in his career. When his screenplay for Blade Runner was sold in the early '80s, it seemed that everyone wanted a piece of him; but the film was largely considered a failure when originally released in 1982, and with the notable exception of 1989's The Mighty Quinn, it would be several years before another of Fancher's scripts was actually produced. Although he had envisioned himself directing movies, composing music, and writing books until retirement, it wasn't until he was 60 that the long-absent screenwriter would make his directorial debut. A low-key thriller that follows an amiable serial killer as he settles into a comfortable, small-town existence, The Minus Man found Fancher adapting Lew McCreary's suspenseful novel to surprising effect. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, the film also benefited from solid performances by lead Owen Wilson and supporting players Janeane Garofalo, Dennis Haysbert, Dwight Yoakam, and Mercedes Ruehl. Success came as a welcome highlight to Fancher, and instead of becoming embittered by the things he had not accomplished earlier in life, the aging director pressed on in hopes of getting his screenplay for "The Black Weasel" produced.

Highest Rated Movies



88% Blade Runner 2049 Screenwriter $91.9M 2017
90% Escapes Actor 2017
58% The Minus Man Screenwriter 1999
88% The Mighty Quinn Screenwriter 1989
90% Blade Runner Screenwriter 1982
92% Blade Runner (The Final Cut) Producer Screenwriter $0.3M 1982
No Score Yet The Other Side of the Mountain Lee Zadroga 1975
No Score Yet Get Christie Love! Rod 1974
No Score Yet Rome Adventure Albert Stillwell 1962
No Score Yet Parrish Edgar Raike 1961


No Score Yet Bonanza
Bonner 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Homer 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Fisher 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Clem Dunc Milton 1965
No Score Yet Maverick
Tate McKenna 1961
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
Rudy Kissler 1960


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