John Badham

Director, Producer, Casting director
A Hollywood craftsman who helmed many hit features of the 1980s and 1990s after making a name for himself in 1970s-era television, director John Badham unobtrusively directed slick entertainment that occasionally ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1939 in Luton, England, GB

Filmography

Director (50)

Supernatural 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Constantine 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Nikita 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Psych 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Event 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Trauma 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

The Beast 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

In Plain Sight 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Las Vegas 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Men in Trees 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Heroes 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Standoff 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Blind Justice 1969 - 1973, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Footsteps 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Obsessed 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

The Shield 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Floating Away 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Incognito 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Bird on A Wire 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Stakeout 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Short Circuit 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

American Flyers 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue Thunder 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Wargames 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Dracula 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Saturday Night Fever 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunshine Part II 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gun 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Isn't It Shocking? 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Director

The Doctors 1969 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sixth Sense 1969 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Director

Sarge 1971 - 1972 (Tv Show)

Director

Brother's Keeper (TV Show)

Director

Evel Knievel (TV Show)

Director

Reflections of Murder (TV Show)

Director

The Godchild (TV Show)

Director

The Impatient Heart (TV Show)

Director

The Jack Bull (TV Show)

Director

The Keegans (TV Show)

Director

The Law (TV Show)

Director
Producer (12)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Nick of Time 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drop Zone 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Another Stakeout 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Disorganized Crime 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stakeout 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night Gallery 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

A Clear and Present Danger (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Dial Hot Line (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Relentless: Mind of a Killer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Neon Ceiling (TV Show)

Associate Producer
Actor (5)

Crossing Jordan 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Matthew Broderick 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Debate (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Deadlock 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Assistant

Biography

A Hollywood craftsman who helmed many hit features of the 1980s and 1990s after making a name for himself in 1970s-era television, director John Badham unobtrusively directed slick entertainment that occasionally touched upon such topical social issues as euthanasia, nuclear disarmament and the dangers of the police state. Following a brief but successful career directing episodes of popular 1970s shows like "The Senator" (NBC, 1970-71) and "The Streets of San Francisco" (ABC, 1972-77), Badham made a huge splash as a featured director of "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), a massive commercial hit that became the iconic movie of the latter part of the decade while turning John Travolta into a superstar overnight. Just a few years later, he touched another cultural nerve with "WarGames" (1983), which tapped into both the fear and fascination with global thermonuclear war. After turning his attention toward lighthearted sci-fi comedy with the popular "Short Circuit" (1986), Badham displayed a knack for pitch-perfect casting when he brought together Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez for the popular action comedy "Stakeout" (1987). But once he entered the next decade, the director had a string of tough near-misses like "Point of No Return" (1993), "Drop Zone" (1994) and "Nick of Time" (1995) that led to a prolonged absence from film in order to helm episodic television. Though mostly flying under the radar for the duration of his time working for the small screen, Badham remained one Hollywood's more workman-like directors.

Relationships

Henry Badham

Father
after retiring from the US Air Force as a general, became president of the Bessemer Coal, Iron and Land Company

Mary Badham

Mother

Kelly Badham

Daughter
mother Bonnie Sue Hughes

Mary Badham

Sister
starred as child in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962)

Bonnie Hughes

Wife
married on December 28, 1967 divorced in 1979

Jan Speck

Wife
married in 1983

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1961

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1963

Milestones

1988

Formed the Badham/Cohen Group with Rob Cohen

1987

First film as producer (also director), "Stakeout"

1983

Directed two of the highest grossing films of the summer season, "War Games" and "Blue Thunder"

1977

Directed the blockbuster, "Saturday Night Fever"

1976

Solo theatrical feature directing debut, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings"

1976

Feature co-directing debut (with Daniel Haller, Leon Benson, Robert Day and Joseph Sargent), "Sunshine Part II" (sequel to the 1973 TV-movie made up of episodes from the short-lived TV series)

1970

TV-movie directing debut, "The Impatient Heart"

1969

TV directing debut with an episode of "The Senator" starring Hal Holbrook

1968

Served as associate producer of omnibus TV movie and unofficial pilot, "Night Gallery"; assistant director on Steven Spielberg-directed segment

1944

Moved to US

Assisted veteran TV producer William Sackheim on various projects

Began career in mailroom of Universal Studios

Became a casting director

Raised in Birmingham, Alabama

Became a studio tour guide

Bonus Trivia

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Badham was born in England but raised in Alabama, USA.

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President of the John Badham Films Inc.

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He is chairman of the JMB Films Inc.

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