Hugh Wilson

Hugh Wilson

Highest Rated: 94% Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010)

Lowest Rated: 16% Dudley Do-Right (1999)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1943

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973. Two years later, however, Wilson endeavored a career switch and became a writer for "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS 1972-78) by the following year. Ascending yet another professional ladder, Wilson soon graduated to status of producer for "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS 1976-78) before creating his own series altogether: "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS 1978-1982). Following his program's run, Wilson shifted his attention to movies, making his feature screenwriting debut with the Burt Reynolds-led comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and his feature directorial debut with the original "Police Academy" (1984). After a number of short-lived television projects throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Wilson wrote and directed popular moves including "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Blast from the Past" (1999), and "Dudley Do-Right" (1999). Around this period, Wilson began teaching screenwriting at the University of Virginia on an occasional basis. His final directing credit was a baseball drama, "Mickey" (2004), starring Harry Connick Jr. and written by novelist John Grisham. Wilson died on Jan. 14, 2018 at the age of 74 following a battle with lung cancer.

Highest rated movies




94% 83% Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? Unknown (Character) - 2010
38% No Score Yet Mickey Director $293.8K 2003
16% 24% Dudley Do-Right Director,
Executive Producer
$9.8M 1999
58% 56% Blast From the Past Levy (Character),
Writer (Screenplay),
$26.5M 1999
38% 46% Southie Producer - 1998
50% 68% The First Wives Club Director $105.5M 1996
57% 48% Guarding Tess Director $26.2M 1994
27% 39% Burglar Director,
Writer (Screenplay)
$15.2M 1987
17% 86% Rustlers' Rhapsody Director - 1985
55% 64% Police Academy Director,
- 1984


No Score Yet No Score Yet Rough Riders Writer 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Street Director 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet WKRP in Cincinnati Writer 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show Writer 1976


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