Harold Becker

Director, Stills photographer
New York City native Harold Becker studied art and photography at the prestigious Pratt Institute and began his career as a designer and stills photographer. He segued to directing TV commercials and short films ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (12)

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Domestic Disturbance 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Mercury Rising 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

City Hall 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Sea of Love 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boost 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Vision Quest 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Taps 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ragman's Daughter 1971 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Malice 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ragman's Daughter 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

New York City native Harold Becker studied art and photography at the prestigious Pratt Institute and began his career as a designer and stills photographer. He segued to directing TV commercials and short films, including the award-winning "Ivanhoe Donaldson". In 1972, Becker made his feature debut as co-director and co-producer (with Souter Harris) with "The Ragman's Daughter", a superb, if somewhat forgotten, low-budget romance set in England and featuring strong performances from Victoria Tennant and Simon Rouse. Indeed, eliciting fine work from actors would become a hallmark of Becker's directing career. Over the course of his career, he would be responsible for helming vehicles that would showcase future stars ranging from James Woods and Ted Danson to Sean Penn and Tom Cruise.

Relationships

Susan Becker

Wife

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2001

Produced and directed the thriller "Domestic Disturbance"

1998

Directed the action thriller "Mercury Rising", starring Bruce Willis as a maverick FBI agent guarding a child who unwittingly cracked a National Security Agency code; Alec Baldwin was cast at the villain

1996

Was producer and director of "City Hall", a portrait of New York City politics starring Pacino and John Cusack

1993

Produced and directed the thriller "Malice", starring Alec Baldwin as a doctor with a god complex

1989

Directed "Sea of Love", a New York-set police thriller starring Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin

1988

Reteamed with Woods for "The Boost", a powerful portrait of drug addiction

1985

Directed the romance "Vision Quest", starring Matthew Modine as a champion high school wrestler who falls for an alluring older woman (Linda Fiorentino)

1981

Helmed "Taps", a gripping drama about an uprising at a military school that launched the careers of Sean Penn and Tom Cruise

1979

Followed up with the harrowing adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's novel "The Onion Field", starring James Woods and Ted Danson

1979

Directed another Wambaugh adaptation, "The Black Marble", a black comedy also starring James Woods

1972

Feature directing and producing debut, "The Ragman's Daughter"

Made a number of television commercials and short documentaries before turning to features

Raised in New York City

Worked as a designer and stills photographer

Short film, "Ivanhoe Donaldson", won the Gold Prize at Germany's Mannheim Film Festival

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