Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich

Highest Rated: 100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008)

Lowest Rated: 0% Illegally Yours (1988)

Birthday: Jul 30, 1939

Birthplace: Kingston, New York, USA

Anointed as one of New Hollywood's golden boys with his neo-classical homages to John Ford and Howard Hawks, Peter Bogdanovich's personal and professional lives crashed and burned in the late '70s. Though he was redeemed somewhat with Mask (1985), his directorial career never fully recovered. By the late '90s, however, Bogdanovich returned to his original training as an actor and found success as a supporting player in films and on HBO's acclaimed series The Sopranos.Raised in Manhattan, the precocious Bogdanovich began studying acting with Stella Adler at age 15 and spent his teens at the movies, developing a devotion to Hollywood. Though he acted in and directed several off-Broadway plays, Bogdanovich decided movies were his calling. While working as a film programmer in his early twenties, Bogdanovich began writing about cinema, publishing articles in Esquire and monographs on Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitchcock; he married aspiring production designer Polly Platt in 1962. Inspired by the French critics-turned-New Wave directors, Bogdanovich headed to Hollywood in 1964, where he and Platt met both their graying heroes and a generation of unruly newcomers. Like fellow gatecrashers Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, Bogdanovich's directorial career was jump-started by B-movie giant Roger Corman. Familiar with his Esquire writing, Corman hired Bogdanovich to work on his Peter Fonda motorcycle flick The Wild Angels (1966). Bogdanovich's experience encompassed rewrites, second unit direction, editing, and dubbing; Corman also cast Bogdanovich alongside Fonda and Dennis Hopper in The Trip (1967). Corman subsequently gave Bogdanovich a cheapie feature to write and direct, with the stipulation that he use Boris Karloff. With an assist from Platt, Bogdanovich came up with Targets (1968), a skillful thriller about an aging star and a nihilistic assassin. Cross-cutting between the two stories on the way to a suspenseful drive-in climax, Targets proved that Bogdanovich could make a movie as well as worship them, even if the assassination-weary 1968 audience stayed away. While he got his movie-making career off the ground, Bogdanovich continued to write, publishing books on John Ford and Fritz Lang. After Targets, Bogdanovich spent several weeks locking horns with producer Sergio Leone on pre-production for Duck, You Sucker! (1971) in Rome before pulling out and returning to the states. Back in Hollywood, Bogdanovich put together the lauded AFI documentary Directed by John Ford (1971) and wrote a book on Allen Dwan. Bogdanovich's second fiction feature came together when BBS Films (home of Fonda and Hopper's Easy Rider [1969]) enlisted Bogdanovich to write and direct a project of his choice. On Platt's advice, Bogdanovich adapted Larry McMurtrey's coming-of-age novel The Last Picture Show. Working closely with Platt, Bogdanovich crafted The Last Picture Show (1971) as a nostalgic look back to 1950s small town America and Hollywood tradition combined with a more clear-eyed, "European" view of the period's sexual mores and personal weaknesses. Starring Ford stalwart Ben Johnson as the town patriarch alongside newcomers Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, and Cybill Shepherd as the troubled youth, and shot in crisp Ford-ian deep focus black-and-white, The Last Picture Show was hailed as one of the best films by a neophyte since Citizen Kane (1941) and earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Director. A popular success as well, The Last Picture Show was still playing when Bogdanovich's next film, What's Up, Doc?, opened in 1972. An update of Howard Hawks' screwball classic Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Barbra Streisand as the dizzy dame and Ryan O'Neal as the uptight, bespectacled object of her affection, What's Up Doc? was a funny enough facsimile of Hawks to become one of the year's top hits. An A-list phenom, Bogdanovich signed on to form the creatively autonomous (and potentially lucrative) Director


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Creatress Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Creatress Theo Mencken 2019
No Score Yet Voyage to the planet of prehistoric women Director 2019
92% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead Actor 2018
83% The Other Side of the Wind Brooks Otterlake 2018
93% The Great Buster: A Celebration Narrator Director Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Los Angeles Overnight Vedor Ph.D. 2018
No Score Yet Six LA Love Stories Actor 2018
No Score Yet Los Angeles Overnight Actor 2018
No Score Yet Tesla Nation Actor 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Actor 2017
89% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene Actor 2017
50% Between Us George 2017
No Score Yet We Blew It Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart The Old Man 2016
17% Durant's Never Closes George 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
44% She's Funny That Way Director Screenwriter 2015
8% Phantom Halo Executive Producer Producer 2015
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Actor $4.2K 2014
8% Are You Here Judge Harlan Plath 2014
20% Cold Turkey Poppy 2013
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That Actor 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Peter Bogdanovich $7.5K 2011
No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man Actor 2011
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story Actor 2010
31% Queen of the Lot Pedja Sapir $0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Abandoned Dr. Bensley 2010
60% Humboldt County Prof. Hadley 2008
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos Actor 2008
22% The Doorman Himself 2008
100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Director 2008
90% 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris Vocal performance 2007
40% Dedication Roger Spade 2007
64% Broken English Irving Mann $0.9M 2007
57% The Dukes Lou 2007
20% Factory Girl Actor $1.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Fifth Patient Edward Birani 2007
73% Infamous Bennett Cerf $1.1M 2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters Actor 2006
No Score Yet Searching for Orson Narrator 2006
60% The Definition of Insanity Himself 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Actor 2005
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War Actor 2005
No Score Yet Hustle Director 2004
No Score Yet Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off Screen Actor 2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
No Score Yet Out of Order Actor 2003
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2003
65% Festival in Cannes Milo $41.5K 2002
60% The Independent Himself 2001
75% The Cat's Meow Director $3.2M 2001
25% Rated X Film Professor 2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2001
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures Actor 2001
No Score Yet Highball Frank 2000
No Score Yet On Cukor Actor 2000
29% Coming Soon Bartholomew 1999
No Score Yet A Saintly Switch Director 1999
17% 54 Elaine's Patron 1998
71% Mr. Jealousy Dr. Poke 1998
No Score Yet Naked City: A Killer Christmas Director 1998
No Score Yet Bella Mafia Actor 1997
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist Actor 1997
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Women Director 1997
No Score Yet Highball Actor 1997
No Score Yet To Sir, With Love II Director 1996
100% Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles) Narrator 1995
No Score Yet The Price of Heaven Director 1995
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom? Actor 1995
No Score Yet Picture Windows Director 1995
57% The Thing Called Love Director 1993
61% Noises Off Executive Producer Producer Director 1992
55% Texasville Screenwriter Producer Director 1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks Actor 1990
0% Illegally Yours Director 1988
93% Mask Director Screenwriter 1985
44% They All Laughed Screenwriter Producer Director 1981
67% Saint Jack Screenwriter Eddie Schuman Director 1979
96% Opening Night Actor 1977
11% Nickelodeon Director Screenwriter 1976
20% At Long Last Love Director Screenwriter Producer 1975
88% F for Fake Special Participant 1974
88% Daisy Miller Producer Director 1974
92% Paper Moon Producer Director 1973
No Score Yet Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom: The Ninth New York Film Festival Actor 1973
90% What's Up, Doc? Producer Director 1972
100% The Last Picture Show Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Directed by John Ford Screenwriter Interviewer Director 1971
64% Lions Love Actor 1969
No Score Yet Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women Director 1968
88% Targets Sammy Michaels Screenwriter Director Producer 1968
36% The Trip Actor 1967
63% The Wild Angels Townsman in Fight at Funeral 1966


94% The Good Wife
Himself 2014
No Score Yet Comment je l'ai rencontrée
Himself 2010
83% How I Met Your Mother
Himself 2010
69% Easy Money
Dr. Bowers 2008
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2007
92% The Sopranos
Dr. Elliot Kupferberg Director 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
Appearing 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
George Merritt 2005
58% 8 Simple Rules
Dr. Lohr 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
Appearing 1996
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
97% Moonlighting
Himself 1987


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