Arthur Hiller

Director, Producer, Actor
Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller began in radio and, after a brief stint helming TV on his home shores, moved to the USA where he quickly established himself directing both live and film series like "Playhouse 90" ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1923 in Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Filmography

Director (43)

National Lampoon's Pucked 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Carpool 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Married to It 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Babe 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Taking Care of Business 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Teachers 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Romantic Comedy 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Author! Author! 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Making Love 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Nightwing 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The In-Laws 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man in the Glass Booth 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Man of La Mancha 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Plaza Suite 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Raid on Rommel 1971 (Movie)

action sequences director (Segment Director)

The Hospital 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Story 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Out-of-Towners 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Popi 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Tiger Makes Out 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Tobruk 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Ben Casey 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Promise Her Anything 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Route 66 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Target: The Corrupters 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Desilu Playhouse 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Detectives 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dick Powell Show 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Thriller 1956 - 1966 (Tv Show)

Director

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Director

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Miracle of the White Stallions 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rifleman 1958 - 1963 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Careless Years 1957 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (15)

Lunch 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Who is Norman Lloyd? 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The O'Neals: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is Alan Smithee? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Out of the Cold 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Merchants of Venus 1997 (Movie)

Reverend Philips (Actor)

The Pitch 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Bar Patron (Actor)

Roswell (TV Show)

Actor

The Land of the Free (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The In-Laws 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Man of La Mancha 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller began in radio and, after a brief stint helming TV on his home shores, moved to the USA where he quickly established himself directing both live and film series like "Playhouse 90", "Gunsmoke" and "Naked City", for which he received a 1962 Emmy nomination. He made an auspicious feature debut at the helm of the teen flick, "The Careless Years" (1957), starring Dean Stockwell, but did not return to the big screen until 1963 ("Miracle of the White Stallions" and "The Wheeler Dealers"). Although he has worked in a variety of genres, from the dramatic ("The Man in the Glass Booth" 1974) to the romantic ("Love Story" 1970), Hiller has shown his greatest facility with light comedy, working equally well with writers like Neil Simon ("The Out-of-Towners" 1970, "Plaza Suite" 1971), Andrew Bergman ("The In-Laws" 1979), Israel Horowitz ("Author! Author!" 1982) and Leslie Dixon ("Outrageous Fortune" 1987). However, two of his best movies, the unjustly neglected "The Americanization of Emily" (1964) and the bleak satire "The Hospital" (1971), both scripted by Paddy Chayefsky, were notably dark films.

No Hiller film did better at the box office than "Love Story", which is a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time. Capably directed, "Love Story" had little to distinguish it beyond its surface gloss. In fact this may be said of much of Hiller's work, though tagging it as "non-descript" may do the director disservice. Hiller gets his movies done on time, on budget, and at their best, they are fast-paced engaging affairs, but since the misfires have multiplied in later years (e.g., "Making Love" 1982, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" 1989, "Married to It" 1991), one has to admit he has not lived up to his early promise, failing to grow beyond a yeomanly TV-like efficiency. Not only was life imitating art when he took his name off "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn" (1997), but the fight over artistic control with writer Joe Eszterhas also recalled "The Man in the Glass Booth" when writer Robert Shaw removed his name from that film protesting the finished Hiller product. He served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1997.

Relationships

Harry Hiller

Father

Rose Hiller

Mother

Henryk Hiller

Son

Gwen Hiller

Wife
married on February 14, 1948

Erica Hiller

Daughter
associate producer of father's "Married To It" (1991) married sound mixer Kevin Carpenter in July 1999

EDUCATION

University of British Columbia

Vancouver , British Columbia
studied for one year

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1950

University of Alberta

Edmonton , Alberta
did not graduate; left to join armed forces

University of Toronto

Toronto , Ontario 1947

Milestones

1997

Life imitated art when Hiller took his name off "An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn"; director's credit going to Alan Smithee

1992

Tackled baseball legend, directing "The Babe", a biopic of George Herman 'Babe' Ruth

1987

Helmed "Outrageous Fortune", starring Bette Midler and Shelley Long

1984

Produced and directed "The Lonely Guy", starring Steve Martin and Charles Grodin

1979

Directed and co-produced "The In-Laws"

1974

Picked up co-producing credit on "The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder" (also directed)

1970

Reunited with Chayefsky, directing "The Hospital"

1969

Scored big hit with straightforward film adaptation of Erich Segal's novel "Love Story"; earned Best Director Academy Award nomination

1964

First collaboration with Paddy Chayefsky, directing his script, "The Americanization of Emily"

1957

First feature film, "The Careless Years"

1954

Started directing for CBC-Television

1941

Served in Royal Canadian Air Force

Moved to USA and began directing live and film TV series like "Playhouse 90", "Gunsmoke" and "Naked City"

Served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Switched to feature films for good in the early 1960s

Began career in Canadian radio

Bonus Trivia

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"Most startling of these gags, however, is an end-credits shot of Eszterhas and Arthur Hiller having a meal, with the latter asking the scribe, 'Why would you want me to direct?' We don't hear Eszterhas' answer." --from DAILY VARIETY review of "An Alan Smithee film: Burn, Hollywood Burn", October 3, 1997

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Received honorary degree (L.H.D.) from London Institute of Applied Research in 1973

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Received honorary degree from University of Toronto in 1995.

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