Taylor Hackford

Highest Rated: 98% When We Were Kings (1996)
Lowest Rated: 0% Rooftops (1989)
Birthday: Dec 31, 1944
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA
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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Becoming Iconic Actor 2018
24% The Comedian Director $1.7M 2017
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
41% Parker Director Producer $17.7M 2013
13% Love Ranch Producer Director $0.2M 2010
59% Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland Actor $0.5M 2008
80% Ray Producer Screenwriter Director $75.1M 2004
84% Bukowski: Born into This Actor $82.2K 2003
39% Proof of Life Director Producer $31.2M 2000
67% The Devil's Advocate Executive Producer Director 1997
98% When We Were Kings Producer 1996
83% Dolores Claiborne Director Producer 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
87% The Long Walk Home Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
0% Rooftops Executive Producer 1989
43% Everybody's All-American Producer Director 1988
87% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Director 1987
96% La Bamba Producer 1987
No Score Yet A Tribute to Ricky Nelson Director 1986
46% White Nights Director Producer 1985
70% Against All Odds Producer Director 1984
81% An Officer and a Gentleman Director 1982
88% The Idolmaker Director 1980


No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2011
No Score Yet E-Ring
Director Screenwriter
  • 2005


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