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Tony Bill

Highest Rated:   100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
Lowest Rated:   28% Barb Wire (1996)
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Birthplace:   San Diego, California, USA
A former English and Art major at Notre Dame University, Tony Bill was fortunate enough to work with Frank Sinatra in his first film, Come Blow Your Horn. "Old Blue Eyes" took a liking to Bill, securing him parts in the subsequent Sinatra vehicles None but the Brave (1965) and Marriage on the Rocks (1968), and helping to open several professional doors for the young actor. After this promising start, Bill settled into a string of colorless juvenile roles. Feeling that his acting career wasn't going anyplace in particular, he formed a production company with Michael and Julia Phillips, turning out two "trendy" feature films, Deadhead Miles (1972) and Steelyard Blues (1973). Scoring a significant success with the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973), Bill parted company with the Phillipses, soloing as producer of Hearts of the West (1975), Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), and Boulevard Nights (1979). In 1980, he decided to give directing a try, and the result was the engaging teen-angst drama My Bodyguard (1980). Additional directorial credits include the theatrical features Five Corners (1988), Crazy People (1990), and A Home of Our Own (1993), and the made-for-TV movies Love Thy Neighbor (1984), One Christmas (1988), and Next Door (1994). Despite his executive responsibilities, Tony Bill has kept a hand in acting, most amusingly in the semi-autobiographical role of Warner Bros. executive Terry Hawthorne in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985). Increasingly active behind the camera as the 1980s gave way to the 1990s, Bill would stick almost exclusively to television following Next Door as he alternated between series work (Chicago Hope and Felicity) and made for television features (Beyond the Call, Iliver Twist, and A Chance of Snow). Of course once an actor always an actor, and when given the opportunity to appear before the camera in such efforts as Barb Wire, The Fixer, and Lying in Wait, Bill was always keen to perform. Subsequent directorial work on such television series' as UC: Undercover, Monk, and Keen Eddy found Bill's career receiving something of a second wind as the new millennium blew in, and in the wake of his success with the Emmy-nominated made for television feature Harlan County War the longtime filmmaker would take to the skies to call the shots for some of the hottest young stars of the day in the 2006 World War I adventure Flyboys. A historical war film documenting the cloud-cutting adventures of America's very first fighter pilots, Flyboys featured hot young actors James Franco, Martin Henderson, and David Ellison performing alongside such experienced screen veterans as Jean Reno and Tchéky Karyo.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
46% Going in Style
  • Executive Producer
$44.8M 2017
93% Casting By
  • Actor
$14.5k 2013
No Score Yet Pictures of Hollis Woods
  • Director
2007
33% Flyboys
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$13.1M 2006
No Score Yet One Six Right: The Romance of Flying
  • Actor
2006
35% Must Love Dogs
  • Walter
$43.9M 2005
83% Inside Deep Throat
  • Actor
$0.5M 2005
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Last Call
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Harlan County War
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet
  • Mickey Calvin
1999
No Score Yet A Chance of Snow
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet The Fixer
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Families
  • Director
1998
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Beyond the Call
  • Director
  • Producer
1996
28% Barb Wire
  • Foster
1996
No Score Yet One Christmas
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Vecinos
  • Director
1994
54% Untamed Heart
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
1993
45% A Home of Our Own
  • Director
1993
33% Crazy People
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet The Killing Mind
  • Thomas Quinn
1990
54% Less Than Zero
  • Bradford Easton
1987
75% Five Corners
  • Producer
  • Director
1987
89% Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • Terry Hawthorne
1985
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Six Weeks
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Goin' All the Way!
  • Producer
1982
No Score Yet Washington Mistress
  • Alan
1981
86% My Bodyguard
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet The Little Dragons
  • Niles
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1980
No Score Yet Heart Beat
  • Dick
1980
No Score Yet Portrait of an Escort
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Boulevard Nights
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1979
90% Going in Style
  • Producer
1979
No Score Yet Are You in the House Alone?
  • Neil Osborne
1978
No Score Yet The Initiation of Sarah
  • Actor
1978
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1976
80% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy)
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1975
No Score Yet Las Vegas Lady
  • Bob
1975
63% Shampoo
  • Johnny Pope
1975
93% The Sting
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet Steelyard Blues
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet Slay Ride
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich
  • Lyle
1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles
  • Producer
1972
No Score Yet Flap
  • Eleven Snowflake
1970
43% Castle Keep
  • Lt. Adam Amberjack
1969
36% Ice Station Zebra
  • Lt. Russell Walker
1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Florian
1968
80% You're a Big Boy Now
  • Raef
1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks
  • Jim Blake
1965
No Score Yet None But the Brave
  • Air Crewman Keller
1965
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain
  • Pfc. Jerry Meltzer
1963
83% Come Blow Your Horn
  • Buddy Baker
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Pitch
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • 2016
No Score Yet Leverage
2008-2012
  • Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Director
  • 2004

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