John Dahl

Director, Screenwriter, 2nd unit director
Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1951 in Billings, Montana, USA

Filmography

Director (35)

House of Lies 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Justified 2010, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Ray Donovan 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Californication 2007 - 2009, 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Americans 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bridge 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Strain 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Dexter 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Person of Interest 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Vampire Diaries 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Arrow 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Falling Skies 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Homeland 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Shameless 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Caprica 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Hellcats 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Terriers 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

True Blood 2008 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Battlestar Galactica 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Breaking Bad 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

United States of Tara 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Fallen Angels 1995 - 1996, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Fear Itself 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Life 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

You Kill Me 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Raid 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Tilt 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Joy Ride 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Unforgettable 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Rock West 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Seduction 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

The Death Mutants 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

30 for 30 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Goose 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Renée 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Two Escobars 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Into the Wind (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (4)

Red Rock West 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Death Mutants 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Art Department (1)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

(Storyboard Artist)
Production Management (1)

The Dungeonmaster 1986 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Actor (1)

The Price of Freedom: Making The Great Raid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for beautiful dames. Whereas most movies of this ilk are set against the backdrop of urban L.A. or NYC, this Montana native finds the darkness in the heart of middle America, in claustrophobic towns surrounded by great open spaces. In an era of imitations, both cheap and lavish, he offers the real deal.

Relationships

Rick Dahl

Brother
co-wrote "Red Rock West" (1993) with Dahl

Beth Friedberg

Wife
met while attending Montana State University attended AFI studying cinematography graduated in 1982

EDUCATION

University of Montana

Missoula , Montana
attended for two years

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1982
attended as a directing fellow; wife attended as a cinematography student

Montana State University

Bozeman , Montana
directed first feature, "The Death Mutants" (1980), a send-up of horror and science fiction films

AFI Conservatory

1982

University of Montana

Missoula , Montana
attended for two years

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1982

Milestones

2007

Helmed the Mafia Comedy thriller, "You Kill Me" starring Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Bill Pullman

2005

Directed "The Great Raid," the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci that liberated over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp

2001

Helmed the thriller "Joy Ride"

1998

Directed Matt Damon and Edward Norton in "Rounders"

1993

Made third film, the acclaimed "The Last Seduction"; rights sold to HBO which premiered film before its theatrical release

1993

Helmed the feature "Red Rock West"; acquired by HBO for domestic TV distribution then picked up for theatrical release by Roxie Releasing

1989

Professional feature directing debut, "Kill Me Again" (also wrote screenplay)

1988

Served as a visual consultant and storyboard artist on Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob"

1987

First produced screenplay, "Private Investigations"; also served as 2nd unit director

1983

Worked as an assistant director on the omnibus horror film, "The Dungeonmaster"

1980

First feature, a student film entitled "The Death Mutants" and made for $12,000 dollars

Moved to Los Angeles, attended AFI's directing program

Directed music videos for Kool and the Gang and Joe Satriani

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