Hugh Wilson

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
His journalism degree from the University of Florida firmly in hand, future writer-director Hugh Wilson journeyed to NYC to crack the advertising business but met a brick wall instead, eventually settling for a position ... Read more »
Born: 08/21/1943 in Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Filmography

Director (15)

Mickey 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Guarding Tess 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1986 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tony Randall Show 1976 - 1978, 1986 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Sunday in Paris 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Easy Street 1986 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Frank's Place 1987 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

The Famous Teddy Z 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

The Chopped Liver Brothers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Director
Writer (11)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Guarding Tess 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Police Academy 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stroker Ace 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (7)

Mickey 2004 (Movie)

Munson (Actor)

Loni Anderson: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

Levy (Actor)

One More Kiss 1999 (Movie)

Frank's False teeth (Actor)

Guarding Tess 1994 (Movie)

of President (Voice)

WKRP in Cincinnati 1976 - 1982, 1986 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Burglar 1987 (Movie)

Customer at Mayday (Actor)
Producer (4)

Mickey 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dudley Do-Right 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Southie 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

His journalism degree from the University of Florida firmly in hand, future writer-director Hugh Wilson journeyed to NYC to crack the advertising business but met a brick wall instead, eventually settling for a position as shipping clerk with the Armstrong Cork Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There he met Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett, two aspiring stand-up comedians who would later give him his first break in show business. Soon after they left to follow their dream, Wilson returned to the South and began as a copywriter at the Atlanta-based advertising agency Burton-Campbell. Over the next ten years, he worked his way up to creative director and finally president of the company, producing and directing TV commercials. While he was visiting Los Angeles in 1975, Patchett and Tarses offered him a job writing for the hugely successful "Bob Newhart Show", and the three collaborated again on "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC and CBS, 1976-78), with Wilson acting as writer, director and producer. The pilot "The Chopped Liver Brothers" (ABC, 1977) marked the threesome's last collaboration.

Relationships

Hugh Hamilton Wilson Sr

Father

Charters Wilson

Wife
married in 1976

Cannon Wilson

Child
born c. 1973

Price Wilson

Child
born c. 1984

Maggie Wilson

Daughter
born c. 1986

EDUCATION

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida 1964

Milestones

2002

Directed the family friendly "Mickey", scripted by John Grisham

1999

Gave a polish to the script and helmed "Dudley Do-Right", starring Fraser as the simpleminded titular Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, Sarah Jessica Parker as Nell and Alfred Molina as his nemesis Snidely Whiplash; characters based on the animated charac

1999

Co-wrote, produced and directed "Blast from the Past", starring Brendan Fraser

1998

Produced John Shea's "Southie"

1997

Co-wrote (with its director John Milius) TNT miniseries "Rough Riders", starring Berenger as Teddy Roosevelt

1996

Directed hit film "The First Wives' Club", adapted from Olivia Goldsmith's novel

1994

Co-scripted and helmed "Guarding Tess", starring Nicolas Cage and Shirley MacLaine; also provided Voice of President

1991

Helmed the pilot for "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (syndicated)

1988

Acted the role of D. Wayne Thomas on the Jan. 18 episode of "Frank's Place"

1987

Played a small role ('Customer at Mayday') in the feature "Burglar", which he also wrote and directed

1985

Parodied the Western genre in lackluster "Rustler's Rhapsody", starring Tom Berenger

1984

Made feature directing debut with "Police Academy", agreeing to write the film on condition he be allowed to direct it

1983

First feature film work, writing the screenplay for "Stroker Ace"

1976

Apprentice director, MTM Enterprises

1966

Worked his way up from copywriter to president of Burton-Campbell Advertising

1965

Met future co-workers Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett while working as a shipping clerk at the Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Created and executive produced the acclaimed CBS series "Frank's Place"; also wrote and directed the premiere episode

Created the CBS sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati", for which he also wrote, executive produced and directed

First directed and produced for TV with the ABC sitcom "The Tony Randall Show" (CBS for second season); also wrote for series

Worked as a writer on the popular CBS sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show" in the mid-1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the 14th Annual Humanitas Prize by the Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, based in Los Angeles, for the episode "The Bridge" from the series "Frank's Place"; award included a prize of $10,000 (1988)

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Received the Mentor Award from the National Association of Youth for the episode "Cool and the Gang" of the series "Frank's Place" (1988)

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