John D Hancock

Screenwriter, Musician, Director
OBIE Award-winning theater director John Hancock used a grant from the American Film Institute to produce, direct and co-author his first film, the short "Sticky My Fingers. . . Fleet My Feet" (1970), for which he ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1939 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Director (13)

Suspended Animation 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

A Piece of Eden 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Dellaventura 1984 - 1985, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

The Twilight Zone 1984 - 1987, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Prancer 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

I Had Three Wives 1984 - 1985 (Tv Show)

Director

California Dreaming 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Baby Blue Marine 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Scare Jessica to Death 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Steal the Sky (TV Show)

Director
Producer (6)

Suspended Animation 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Piece of Eden 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

A Piece of Eden 2000 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

A Piece of Eden 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Weeds 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

OBIE Award-winning theater director John Hancock used a grant from the American Film Institute to produce, direct and co-author his first film, the short "Sticky My Fingers. . . Fleet My Feet" (1970), for which he received an Oscar nomination. He directed his first feature "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" (1971), a creepy little tale of murder and deception, and followed with his most critically acclaimed work, "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1973), which advanced the careers of stars Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty. He acquitted himself well with "Baby Blue Marine" (1976) and "California Dreaming" (1979) before venturing into series TV during the 1980s and 1990's, helming episodes of NBC's "Hill Street Blues" and CBS' "The Twilight Zone", among others.<p> Hancock returned to features as the auteur of "Weeds" (1987), producing, directing and co-writing (with wife Dorothy Tristan) this unique character study of cons-on-the-boards, based on Rick Cluchey's real-life experiences with the San Quentin Drama Group. He then directed "Prancer" (1989), his last feature to date, shooting the movie in his Indiana boyhood home of LaPorte. Though the film worked for kids as a charming fantasy about a child's undying devotion to an animal, Hancock was also able to provide adults with an effectively sentimental mirror of childhood innocence.<p>In 1998, he opened his own production company FILMACRES in LaPorte, Indiana. He has produced and directed the feature film "A Piece of Eden" in 1999 and directed the suspense thriller "Suspended Animation" in 2001-2002.

Relationships

Ann Hancock

Wife
married in 1966 divorced in 1974

Ralph Hancock

Father

Ella Hancock

Mother

Dorothy Tristan

Wife
married on December 29, 1975

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
attended the director unit; studied with Lee Strasberg

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1961
received grant from university to study theater in Europe

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2001

Directed Suspense thriller feature film "Suspended Animation"

1999

Produced and directed feature film "A Piece of Eden"

1998

Opened own film production company, FILMACRES,in LaPorte, Indiana

1989

Directed feature film "Prancer"

1987

Produced, directed and co-wrote (with wife Dorothy Tristan) "Weeds", an odd, original mix of comedy and drama based on Rick Cluchey's real-life experience with the San Quentin Drama Group

1979

Helmed revisionist beach party movie "California Dreaming"

1976

Brought Norman Rockwell's America to life in "Baby Blue Marine"

1973

Sustained credible melodrama of a dying baseball player and his pal in second feature directorial effort, "Bang the Drum Slowly"

1970

Directed first feature, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"

1969

With a grant from the American Film Institute, produced, directed and co-authored first short film, "Sticky My Fingers . . . Fleet My Feet"; received Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject

1962

Served as artistic director of the New Repertory Theater in NYC

Served as artistic director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse

Grew up in LaPorte County, Indiana

Was artistic director of San Francisco Actors Workshop

Directed episodes of series TV during the 1980s and 1990s, including "Hill Street Blues" and "The Twilight Zone"

As an adolescent, was an accomplished violinist and later concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Orchestra

Bonus Trivia

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Hancock should not be confused with either the late American actor (1941-1992) of the same name or with the American screenwriter John Lee Hancock.

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About choosing to direct "Prancer" and his return to his boyhood home: "I was attracted to the script because of the story's innocence and feeling. With its centering on children and animals, it is the type of project that not too many people care to undertake . . . LaPorte is a great place to make a picture. The people are friendly and cooperative and the area has its own unique quaintness and charm." --John Hancock, PR for "Prancer"

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