Peter Bogdanovich

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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
  • Actor
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82% The Other Side of the Wind
  • Brooks Otterlake
$NaN 2018
91% The Great Buster: A Celebration
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet Los Angeles Overnight
  • Vedor Ph.D.
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet Los Angeles Overnight
  • Actor
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet Six LA Love Stories
  • Actor
$NaN 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • Actor
$NaN 2017
88% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
  • Actor
$NaN 2017
43% Between Us
  • George
$NaN 2017
No Score Yet We Blew It
  • Actor
$NaN 2017
No Score Yet The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Old Man
$NaN 2016
17% Durant's Never Closes
  • George
$NaN 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Actor
$NaN 2015
42% She's Funny That Way
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$NaN 2015
8% Phantom Halo
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
$NaN 2015
73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
  • Actor
$NaN 2014
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
  • Actor
$NaN 2014
9% Are You Here
  • Judge Harlan Plath
$NaN 2014
20% Cold Turkey
  • Poppy
$NaN 2013
94% Casting By
  • Actor
$NaN 2013
No Score Yet Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That
  • Actor
$NaN 2012
92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel
  • Peter Bogdanovich
$NaN 2011
No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man
  • Actor
$NaN 2011
No Score Yet America Lost and Found: The BBS Story
  • Actor
$NaN 2010
31% Queen of the Lot
  • Pedja Sapir
$NaN 2010
No Score Yet Abandoned
  • Dr. Bensley
$NaN 2010
60% Humboldt County
  • Prof. Hadley
$NaN 2008
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
  • Actor
$NaN 2008
22% The Doorman
  • Himself
$NaN 2008
100% Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Director
$NaN 2008
90% 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
  • Vocal performance
$NaN 2007
40% Dedication
  • Roger Spade
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64% Broken English
  • Irving Mann
$NaN 2007
57% The Dukes
  • Lou
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19% Factory Girl
  • Actor
$NaN 2007
No Score Yet The Fifth Patient
  • Edward Birani
$NaN 2007
73% Infamous
  • Bennett Cerf
$NaN 2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
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No Score Yet Searching for Orson
  • Narrator
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60% The Definition of Insanity
  • Himself
$NaN 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
  • Actor
$NaN 2005
No Score Yet John Ford Goes to War
  • Actor
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No Score Yet Hustle
  • Director
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No Score Yet Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off Screen
  • Actor
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100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
$NaN 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
$NaN 2003
No Score Yet Out of Order
  • Actor
$NaN 2003
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
  • Actor
$NaN 2003
65% Festival in Cannes
  • Milo
$NaN 2002
60% The Independent
  • Himself
$NaN 2001
74% The Cat's Meow
  • Director
$NaN 2001
25% Rated X
  • Film Professor
$NaN 2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies
  • Actor
$NaN 2001
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures
  • Actor
$NaN 2001
No Score Yet Highball
  • Frank
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No Score Yet On Cukor
  • Actor
$NaN 2000
29% Coming Soon
  • Bartholomew
$NaN 1999
No Score Yet A Saintly Switch
  • Director
$NaN 1999
16% 54
  • Elaine's Patron
$NaN 1998
71% Mr. Jealousy
  • Dr. Poke
$NaN 1998
No Score Yet Naked City: A Killer Christmas
  • Director
$NaN 1998
No Score Yet Bella Mafia
  • Actor
$NaN 1997
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Women
  • Director
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No Score Yet Highball
  • Actor
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No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist
  • Actor
$NaN 1997
No Score Yet To Sir, With Love II
  • Director
$NaN 1996
100% Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles)
  • Narrator
$NaN 1995
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom?
  • Actor
$NaN 1995
No Score Yet The Price of Heaven
  • Director
$NaN 1995
No Score Yet Picture Windows
  • Director
$NaN 1995
57% The Thing Called Love
  • Director
$NaN 1993
61% Noises Off
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Director
$NaN 1992
55% Texasville
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$NaN 1991
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
$NaN 1990
0% Illegally Yours
  • Director
$NaN 1988
93% Mask
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1985
43% They All Laughed
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$NaN 1981
62% Saint Jack
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Eddie Schuman
$NaN 1979
96% Opening Night
  • Actor
$NaN 1977
14% Nickelodeon
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$NaN 1976
23% At Long Last Love
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$NaN 1975
88% F for Fake
  • Special Participant
$NaN 1974
100% Daisy Miller
  • Producer
$NaN 1974
92% Paper Moon
  • Producer
  • Director
$NaN 1973
No Score Yet Peter Bogdanovich and Henry Jaglom: The Ninth New York Film Festival
  • Actor
$NaN 1973
90% What's Up, Doc?
  • Producer
  • Director
$NaN 1972
100% The Last Picture Show
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1971
No Score Yet Directed by John Ford
  • Director
  • Interviewer
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1971
67% Lions Love
  • Actor
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No Score Yet Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
  • Director
$NaN 1968
88% Targets
  • Sammy Michaels
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$NaN 1968
31% The Trip
  • Actor
$NaN 1967
61% The Wild Angels
  • Townsman in Fight at Funeral
$NaN 1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Himself
  • 2014
83% How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Himself
  • 2010
84% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2007
92% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Dr. Elliot Kupferberg
  • Director
  • 2007
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2006
  • 2000
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • George Merritt
  • 2005
No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules
2002-2005
  • Dr. Lohr
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Appearing
  • 1996
No Score Yet Northern Exposure
1990-1995
  • 1993
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
  • Himself
  • 1987
  • 1985

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