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Peter Bogdanovich

Lowest Rated:   0% Illegally Yours (1988)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
95% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
  • Actor
2017
43% Between Us
  • George
2017
No Score Yet We Blew It
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • 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
40% She's Funny That Way
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2015
8% Phantom Halo
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
2015
72% 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
7% 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
29% Queen of the Lot
  • Pedja Sapir
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Abandoned
  • Dr. Bensley
2010
58% 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
19% 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
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • 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
69% 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 Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Women
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Highball
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist
  • 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
59% Noises Off
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1992
55% Texasville
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
0% Illegally Yours
  • Director
1988
93% Mask
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1985
33% They All Laughed
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1981
62% Saint Jack
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Eddie Schuman
1979
92% Opening Night
  • Actor
1977
14% Nickelodeon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1976
17% At Long Last Love
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1975
88% F for Fake
  • Special Participant
1974
100% Daisy Miller
  • Director
1974
91% 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?
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
100% The Last Picture Show
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
No Score Yet Directed by John Ford
  • Director
  • Interviewer
  • Screenwriter
1971
67% Lions Love
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
  • Director
1968
88% Targets
  • Screenwriter
  • Sammy Michaels
  • Producer
  • Director
1968
31% The Trip
  • Actor
1967
58% The Wild Angels
  • Townsman in Fight at Funeral
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Himself
  • 2014
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Himself
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2007
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Dr. Elliot Kupferberg
  • Director
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2006
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • George Merritt
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 1996

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