Hampton Fancher

Screenwriter, Director
Hampton Fancher has not had the most prolific Hollywood career, but his story has certainly taken some interesting twists. Raised in the Mexican-American enclave of East Los Angeles, Fancher discovered a passion for ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1938

Filmography

Actor (11)

Turn Ben Stein On 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Side of the Mountain 1973 (Movie)

Lee Zadroga (Actor)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Parrish 1961 (Movie)

Edgar Riake (Actor)

Rome Adventure 1961 (Movie)

Albert Stillwell (Actor)

Get Christie Love! (TV Show)

Actor

Last of the Good Guys (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mighty Quinn 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Minus Man 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Blade Runner 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Hampton Fancher has not had the most prolific Hollywood career, but his story has certainly taken some interesting twists. Raised in the Mexican-American enclave of East Los Angeles, Fancher discovered a passion for flamenco at the age of 13 when he saw actor Anthony Dexter dance in the title role of the 1951 biopic "Valentino." Fancher's love of the dance became so great that he quit school, hopped a freighter to Barcelona, and studied with Spanish flamenco masters for several years, briefly renaming himself Mario Montejo. Returning home, he spent nearly two decades as a bit-part television actor and occasional acting teacher before he began writing his first screenplay, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's '68 science-fiction novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" After extensive rewrites by Fancher and fellow screenwriter David Webb Peoples under the supervision of director Ridley Scott, the re-titled "Blade Runner" was unveiled to initial critical and commercial disappointment; it has since become a beloved cult classic. Fancher's next screenplay was the police action drama "The Mighty Quinn," released in '89 with Denzel Washington in the title role. Ten years later, he wrote and directed the serial-killer drama "The Minus Man," starring Owen Wilson and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. Fancher had a brief, tumultuous marriage to actress Sue Lyon in the mid-'60s; he later claimed that, as a fan of novelist Vladimir Nabokov, he was mainly attracted to Lyon because she had played the title role in Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita."

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