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Taylor Hackford



American producer/director Taylor Hackford was hired by a Los Angeles TV station after his two-year hitch in the Peace Corps. On his own, he created New Visions Productions, which he eventually merged into the New Century Company before giving up producing to concentrate on directing. He won an Academy Award in 1978 for Teenage Father, a short-subject elaboration of a TV news story on which he'd previously worked. Hackford's first feature was The Idolmaker (1980), a jaundiced recreation of the "Philadelphia school" of '50s rock & roll; he later returned to the rarefied world of vintage rock in his Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba and his revelatory documentary Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (both 1987). He also directed Dolores Claiborne (1995), the Al Pacino vehicle The Devil's Advocate (1997), and edited the boxing documentary When We Were Kings (1996). Though Hackford has toted up some impressive credits over his career, few of his films have matched the audience appeal or box-office bankability of his biggest hit, 1982's An Officer and a Gentleman. Hackford married British actress Helen Mirren in 1997, whom he had lived with since 1986.



In 2000 he returned with the international kidnapping thriller Proof of Life, which made more of a buzz for the relationship that developed between stars Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe during filming. He scored one of the biggest hits of his career in 2004 with Ray, a biopic of Ray Charles that won Jamie Foxx the Oscar for Best Actor. He directed his wife in the 2010 film Love Ranch and a few years later helmed the Jason Statham vehicle Parker.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% The Comedian
  • Director
2017
93% Casting By
  • Actor
2013
41% Parker
  • Producer
  • Director
2013
12% Love Ranch
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
58% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland
  • Actor
2008
81% Ray
  • Producer
2004
83% Bukowski: Born into This
  • Actor
2003
40% Proof of Life
  • Producer
  • Director
2000
67% The Devil's Advocate
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
1997
98% When We Were Kings
  • Producer
1996
82% Dolores Claiborne
  • Producer
  • Director
1995
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Producer
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Sweet Talker
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1992
No Score Yet Defenseless
  • Executive Producer
1991
57% Mortal Thoughts
  • Executive Producer
1991
38% Queens Logic
  • Executive Producer
1991
86% The Long Walk Home
  • Executive Producer
1990
No Score Yet First Works
  • Actor
1989
0% Rooftops
  • Executive Producer
1989
46% Everybody's All-American
  • Director
1988
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
  • Director
1987
96% La Bamba
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet A Tribute to Ricky Nelson
  • Director
1986
No Score Yet Traffic - Live at Santa Monica
  • Producer
1986
46% White Nights
  • Director
  • Producer
1985
67% Against All Odds
  • Producer
  • Director
1984
81% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Director
1982
88% The Idolmaker
  • Director
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Host

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