Jan de Bont

Jan de Bont

Highest Rated: 100% The Fourth Man (1983)

Lowest Rated: 4% Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1943

Birthplace: Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

Dutchman Jan de Bont began his Hollywood career as a cinematographer on the likes of "The Jewel of the Nile" (1985) and "Die Hard" (1988) before becoming a crowd-pleasing action movie director himself with box office hits "Speed" (1994) and "Twister" (1996). Born one of 17 children in Eindhoven, Netherlands in 1943, Jan de Bont studied under celebrated avant-garde director Adriaan Ditvoorst at the Amsterdam Film Academy, going on to serve as cinematographer on his short film "Ik kom wat later naar Madra" (1965) and feature-length drama "Paranoia" (1967). Jan de Bont soon forged another more enduring partnership, this time with Paul Verhoeven, which began on the Oscar-nominated "Turkish Delight" (1973) and took in "Keetje Tippel" (1975), "The Fourth Man" (1983), "Flesh and Blood" (1985) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). By the time of the latter erotic thriller's release, du Bont had established himself as Hollywood's premier action movie cinematographer, with "Cujo" (1983), "The Jewel of the Nile" (1985), "Die Hard" (1988), "Black Rain" (1989), "The Hunt for Red October" (1990) and "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992) all benefiting from his slick and stylish techniques. Inspired by his work with the likes of Ridley Scott, Joel Schumacher and John McTiernan, de Bont then took the director's chair himself for the first time with "Speed" (1994), the high concept action thriller which helped to launch Sandra Bullock's career. The Dutchman then continued his early winning streak with "Twister" (1996), the blockbuster disaster movie which grossed almost half a billion dollars worldwide. But du Bont's attempt to strike lightning twice failed when "Speed 2: Cruise Control" (1997) bombed with both audiences and critics alike, while "The Haunting" (1999), his remake of the same-named classic horror, suffered a similar fate. Jan de Bont then added producer to his of talents with the sci-fi films "Equilibrium" (2002) and "Minority Report" (2002) before returning to directing on "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life" (2003). Jan de Bont then quit Hollywood, and the film world altogether, for nearly a decade before serving as cinematographer on Louis van Gasteren's counter-culture retrospective "Nema aviona za Zagreb" (2012).




24% 44% Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Director $65.7M 2003
No Score Yet 75% Thoughtcrimes Executive Producer - 2003
41% 81% Equilibrium Producer $1.2M 2002
90% 80% Minority Report Producer $132.0M 2002
17% 28% The Haunting Director,
Executive Producer
$91.2M 1999
63% 89% SLC Punk Executive Producer $299.2K 1999
4% 16% Speed 2: Cruise Control Director,
$48.1M 1997
61% 58% Twister Director $241.7M 1996
94% 76% Speed Director $121.2M 1994
55% 63% Basic Instinct Cinematographer - 1992
88% 88% The Hunt for Red October Cinematographer $119.1M 1990
48% 59% Flatliners Cinematographer $58.7M 1990
No Score Yet 33% Parker Kane Cinematographer - 1990
50% 55% Black Rain Cinematographer $44.9M 1989
94% 94% Die Hard Cinematographer $81.0M 1988
93% 72% Ruthless People Cinematographer $70.9M 1986
10% 47% The Clan of the Cave Bear Cinematographer $251.9K 1986
46% 37% The Jewel of the Nile Cinematographer $65.5M 1985
62% 45% Cujo Cinematographer - 1983
100% 81% The Fourth Man Cinematographer - 1983
33% 50% I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Cinematographer - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dakota Cinematographer - 1974
83% 80% Turkish Delight Cinematographer - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Business Is Business Cinematographer - 1971