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John Daly

Highest Rated:   100% The Terminator (1984)
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Birthplace:   Johannesburg, South Africa
Producer John Daly stood behind many big and medium-budgeted independent films of the '80s and '90s and sustained a reputation as a successful risk-taker in a traditionally conservative Hollywood. Though considered a maverick by many moguls given his willingness to back films that the big studios wouldn't touch, Daly remained a savvy businessman with a sharp eye for moneymakers. Born in London in 1936, as the son of a cockney dockworker. Daly got his start working as a teaboy and later as a waiter in the Merchant Navy and as an insurance salesman. He met David Hemmings and the two founded the Hemdale Company in 1966, as a talent agency that repped bands including Black Sabbath and Yes. Daly's career focus shifted somewhat in 1971, however, when he purchased Hemmings's share of the business and used it to form his own production company, Hemdale Group Ltd; under Daly's aegis, it blossomed into one of the leading "indie" production and distribution houses in the UK. He demonstrated an astonishing, almost visionary skill as a moviemaker, and unveiled a predilection for standing behind directors in whom he believed - including Robert Altman (with the 1972 Images), Ken Russell (with the 1975 Tommy), Bernardo Bertolucci (with the 1987 Best Picture winner The Last Emperor) , James Cameron (with the 1984 Terminator), and Oliver Stone (with the twin 1986 releases Salvador and Platoon, the latter also a Best Picture winner). The company occasionally issued excellent films that turned into box-office disappointments as well (witness the 1981 Cattle Annie and Little Britches), but these marked exceptions and not the rule; at the time of Daly's death, the press marked that he had overseen the production of more than 100 titles at Hemdale, grossing in excess of $1.5 billion - a whopping sum for an independent production house. From the late 1980s into mid-1990s, Hemdale's output remained prolific, though in 1995 Orion purchased the studio (by then renamed Hemdale Communications) and its assets. Daly's filmmaking efforts continued, but witnessed him branching out into scriptwriting and directing in addition to producing; he held down all three roles on the romantic adventure/political drama The Petersburg-Cannes Express (2003) and the period psychological drama The Aryan Couple (2004), the latter starring Martin Landau. Couple - the tale of Jewish husband and wife servants posing as Aryans during the Nazi regime, who conceive of a plan to extinguish Eichmann and Himmler - received mediocre stateside reviews but did pick up a number of international festival awards. Sadly, this marked one of Daly's last major efforts and he died of cancer at age 71 in October of 2008.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
16% An American Affair
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet The Heavy
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot (Escape 2000)
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet Love At First Kill
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet The Box Collector
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2008
12% The Aryan Couple, (The Couple)
  • Director
2005
No Score Yet Tournament of Dreams
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Killer Weekend
  • Executive Producer
2004
No Score Yet The Petersburg-Cannes Express
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Alec to the Rescue!
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
1999
80% Bright Angel
  • Executive Producer
1991
No Score Yet Highway to Hell
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Don't Tell Her It's Me
  • Executive Producer
1990
83% Hidden Agenda
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1990
80% Staying Together
  • Executive Producer
1989
64% Shag
  • Executive Producer
1989
59% Vampire's Kiss
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1989
No Score Yet War Party
  • Producer
1989
17% Chattahoochee
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1989
88% Miracle Mile
  • Producer
1989
33% Criminal Law
  • Executive Producer
1989
No Score Yet Out Cold
  • Executive Producer
1989
50% The Boost
  • Producer
1988
No Score Yet Blood Red
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1988
No Score Yet Buster
  • Producer
1988
71% Best Seller
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Hotel Colonial
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Scenes from the Goldmine
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Made in USA
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1987
86% River's Edge
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Love at Stake
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1987
88% Platoon
  • Executive Producer
1986
88% Hoosiers
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1986
92% Salvador
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1986
86% At Close Range
  • Executive Producer
1986
91% The Return of the Living Dead
  • Executive Producer
1985
84% The Falcon and the Snowman
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Executive Producer
1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart
  • Producer
1984
No Score Yet Deadly Force
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1983
22% Yellowbeard
  • Executive Producer
1983
No Score Yet Race for the Yankee Zephyr
  • Executive Producer
1981
78% Strange Behavior
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet Carbon Copy
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet High Risk
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet Cattle Annie and Little Britches
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet Going Ape!
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet The Passage
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1979
No Score Yet Sunburn
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet Boy of Pigs
  • Producer

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Pete Holmes Show
2013-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
67% Happy Endings
2011-2013
  • Brody
  • 2012

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