Oliver Stone

Birthday: Sep 15, 1946
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Undoubtedly one of the most controversial directors in Hollywood, Oliver Stone has made films that are remarkable for both the way in which their subject matter is handled and the degree of controversy such handling inspires. Although he has served as a producer, screenwriter, and actor on a variety of films, Stone is consistently identified with his more political works, from 1986's Platoon, the first of his so-called Vietnam trilogy, to Nixon, his 1995 take on the finer points and parables of the Nixon administration. Despite this association with political films, Stone has stated that he considers his films "first and foremost to be dramas about individuals in personal struggles," and that he believes himself to be a dramatist rather than a political filmmaker.Born in New York City on September 15, 1946, Stone grew up nurturing his love of films. He was particularly inspired by Luis Buñuel and Jean-Luc Godard, whose Breathless inspired the nascent filmmaker with its speed and energy. After a year at Yale, Stone dropped out and moved to Vietnam, where he taught English for a year. A year in Mexico followed, during which he wrote an unpublished novel and got arrested for marijuana possession. In 1967, Stone, like thousands of other men during that decade, enlisted in the military and went to Vietnam, where he received both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his year of service. Upon his return from Vietnam, Stone enrolled at New York University, where he studied filmmaking under Martin Scorsese. As a student of Scorsese's, he participated in his first film project, Street Scenes 1970, a collection of student films on which Stone acted as a cinematographer. Four years later, he directed his first feature, Seizure, for which he also acted as editor and screenwriter. The film's overriding theme of psychological trauma proved to be good preparation for Stone's next project, the 1978 film Midnight Express. For his work as the film's screenwriter, he won his first Academy Award, for Best Adapted Screenplay.After making his directorial debut for a major studio (Orion) with 1981's The Hand (a production for which he also served as screenwriter and had a minor acting role), Stone wrote a number of films, including 1982's Conan the Barbarian, Scarface (1983), and Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon (1985). In 1986 Stone had his directorial breakthrough, with his internationally acclaimed Platoon. The film won him his first Best Director Oscar (as well as a slew of other awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture) and become the third-highest grossing film of 1986, as it redefined the way in which the Vietnam War was portrayed on film. Stone effectively opened the way for a new -- albeit controversial -- approach to looking at the war, and in so doing, his name became almost irretrievably associated with films of a more political, revisionist nature. Stone's next directorial effort, the same year's Salvador, fully embraced the political tilt that Platoon had hinted at. The story of American photojournalist Richard Boyle (James Woods), Salvador explored the various politics at play during the early-'80s war in Central America. The film won widespread praise, and Stone, who was also its producer and screenwriter, followed it up with a similarly acclaimed effort, Wall Street (1987). A tale of greed, corruption, and power, the film reflected the American state of mind in the 1980s. It went on to win a Best Actor Oscar for star Michael Douglas, who supplied a chilling portrayal of the film's central source of sleaze, Gordon Gekko. After completing 1988's Talk Radio, which was adapted from its star Eric Bogosian's stage production, Stone went on to make the second installment of his Vietnam trilogy, Born on the Fourth of July (1989). The film received a large dose of enthusiastic acclaim and a second Best Director Oscar for Stone, as well as seven other nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Cruise. But it marked the

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MOVIES

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No Score Yet The Invocation Actor 2018
90% A Good American Executive Producer 2017
60% Snowden Screenwriter Director $21.6M 2016
No Score Yet Ukraine on Fire Executive Producer 2016
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
51% Savages Screenwriter Director $47.4M 2012
No Score Yet Greystone Park Oliver 2012
55% Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Director Investor $52.5M 2010
51% South of the Border Producer Director $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America Actor 2009
58% W. Director Screenwriter $25.6M 2008
No Score Yet Behind the Wheel Actor 2008
67% World Trade Center Director $70.3M 2006
No Score Yet Looking for Fidel Director Actor 2006
No Score Yet Cannes: All Access Actor 2006
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War Actor 2005
16% Alexander Producer Director Screenwriter $34.3M 2004
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Actor 2004
No Score Yet Alexander - Directors Cut Director 2004
No Score Yet Persona Non Grata (America Undercover) Director Actor 2003
62% Comandante Himself Producer Director 2003
No Score Yet Camera Actor 2003
57% Jim Brown: All-American Actor 2002
60% The Day Reagan Was Shot Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Actor 2001
16% The Art of War Producer $29.5M 2000
51% Any Given Sunday Director Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter 1999
56% Savior Producer 1998
48% The Corruptor Executive Producer 1998
60% U-Turn Director 1997
89% The People Vs. Larry Flynt Producer 1996
63% Evita Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder Executive Producer 1996
77% Freeway Executive Producer 1996
75% Nixon Producer Screenwriter Director Voice-over during credits [uncredited] 1995
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet From Hollywood to Hanoi Actor 1995
47% Natural Born Killers Director Screenwriter Producer 1994
64% The New Age Producer Executive Producer 1994
40% Heaven & Earth Screenwriter Producer Director 1994
86% The Joy Luck Club Producer 1993
No Score Yet The Last Party Actor 1993
95% Dave Himself 1993
75% Zebrahead Executive Producer 1992
100% South Central Producer Executive Producer 1992
73% Patriot Games Young Holmes 1992
No Score Yet Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy Interviewee 1992
83% JFK Screenwriter Producer Director 1991
No Score Yet Iron Maze Executive Producer 1991
56% The Doors Film Professor Screenwriter Director 1991
94% Reversal of Fortune Producer 1990
71% Blue Steel Producer 1990
88% Born on the Fourth of July Producer Director News Reporter Screenwriter 1989
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
83% Talk Radio Director Screenwriter 1988
78% Wall Street Trader - Office Director Screenwriter 1987
88% Platoon Director Screenwriter Officer in Bunker 1986
0% 8 Million Ways To Die Screenwriter $1.4M 1986
88% Salvador Director Producer Screenwriter 1986
56% Year of the Dragon Screenwriter 1985
81% Scarface Actor Screenwriter $0.7M 1983
70% Conan the Barbarian Screenwriter 1982
13% The Hand Director Screenwriter Bum 1981
96% Midnight Express Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet Seizure (Queen of Evil) (Tango macabre) Director 1974
No Score Yet Sugar Cookies Executive Producer 1973
No Score Yet The Battle of Love's Return Cliff 1971
No Score Yet Last Year in Vietnam Director 1970

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No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
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75% The Putin Interviews
2017
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  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
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  • 2017
  • 2012
No Score Yet Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States
2012-2013
Director Narrator
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
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  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The View
1997
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  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
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  • 2010
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
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  • 2008
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
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  • 2006

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