Hal Ashby

Director, Editor, Producer
After winning acclaim as a film editor, Hal Ashby went on to establish himself as one of the leading directors of the 1970s. He proved successful with both satiric material and strong drama and was able to elicit ... Read more »
Born: 09/02/1929 in Ogden, Utah, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Beverly Hills Buntz 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Director

8 Million Ways to Die 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Spend the Night Together 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Being There 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Second-Hand Hearts 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Coming Home 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Bound For Glory 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Shampoo 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Landlord 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (4)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

film editor (Editor)

In the Heat of the Night 1967 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

(Editor)
Producer (2)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

Face on TV (Actor)

Biography

After winning acclaim as a film editor, Hal Ashby went on to establish himself as one of the leading directors of the 1970s. He proved successful with both satiric material and strong drama and was able to elicit excellent performances from a gallery of actors including Lee Grant, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda, all of whom won Oscars under Ashby's direction.

Relationships

Maxine Armstrong

Ex-Wife
Ashby's second marriage. Married in Las Vegas, Nevada. married less than a year.

Jack Ashby

Brother
survived him

James Ashby

Father
divorced from Ashby's mother committed suicide in 1941 Ashby discovered the body

James Ashby

Brother

Leigh Ashby

Daughter

Dyan Cannon Actor

Companion
dated in the early 1970s

Lavon Compton

Ex-Wife

Eileen Ireta

Mother

Joan Marshall Actor

Ex-Wife
Wife Widowed in 1988

Ardith Thompson

Sister
survived him

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school in senior year

Milestones

1987

Helmed the pilot for the TV series "Beverly Hills Buntz"

1986

Directed last film, "Eight Million Ways to Die"

1982

Helmed the documentary "Let Spend the Night Together", about the Rolling Stones

1979

Won further acclaim for directing Peter Sellars in "Being There"

1978

Earned Best Director Oscar nomination for "Coming Home"

1976

Helmed the acclaimed biopic of folk singer Woody Guthrie, "Bound for Glory"; film earned Best Picture Oscar nomination

1975

Teamed with Robert Towne and Warren Beatty to helm "Shampoo"

1970

Directed the cult classic "Harold and Maude"

1969

Film directing debut, "The Landlord"

1968

First film as associate producer (also supervising editor), "The Thomas Crown Affair"

1967

Won Best Editing Oscar for Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night"

1966

Garnered first Oscar nomination for Best Editing for Jewison's comedy "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming"

1965

First film as co-editor, "The Loved One"

1965

First film as solo editor, "The Cincinnati Kid"; first screen collaboration with Norman Jewison

1958

First film credit, "The Big Country"; worked under Robert Swink who became Ashby's mentor

1953

Hitchhiked to Los Angeles

1940

Father committed suicide

Raised in Utah; one of the few non-Mormon families in his neighborhood

Became apprentice film editor

Hired by MGM to direct a film starring Jack Nicholson; project dropped when studio would not approve female lead; Nicholson and Ashby then teamed for "The Last Detail" (1973)

Worked numerous jobs before becoming multilith operator at Republic Pictures; responsible for duplicating scripts

Chosen to direct "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; resigned over disgreements about the script

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