John McTiernan

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A leading craftsman of dynamic, large-scale Hollywood movies, John McTiernan first made his mark as a prolific writer and director of commercials. His first feature, "Nomads," was well received at the 1986 Cannes Film ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1951 in Albany, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (12)

Red Squad 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Basic 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Rollerball 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Hard With A Vengeance 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Medicine Man 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Predator 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Nomads 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

Rollerball 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Hard With A Vengeance 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robin Hood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Right to Remain Silent (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (6)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Alien Vs. Predator 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Hard With A Vengeance 1995 (Movie)

Fisherman (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Cigar Stand Man (Actor)

The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

2nd Adviser (Actor)

Death of a Soldier 1986 (Movie)

Colonel Willimas (Actor)
Writer (1)

Nomads 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A leading craftsman of dynamic, large-scale Hollywood movies, John McTiernan first made his mark as a prolific writer and director of commercials. His first feature, "Nomads," was well received at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and directly led to his first major studio action flick, "Predator" (1987). Set against a jungle backdrop beautifully photographed by McTiernan and his cinematographer Donald McAlpine, the film pitted a bickering interracial group of soldiers against an invisible alien enemy in a situation that was seen as a Vietnam allegory. "Predator" firmly established McTiernan's Hollywood bona fides, which he not only confirmed but exceeded with his next blockbuster, "Die Hard" (1988), the surprise action hit that catapulted TV star Bruce Willis into the feature big leagues. McTiernan exhibited firm command of the genre with his soon-to-be signature Blitzkrieg action, extraordinary stunts and expert timing. Though McTiernan had his share of flops - "Last Action Hero" (1993) and "Rollerball" (2002) chief among them - he managed to cement his status as one of Hollywood's most prominent action film directors. But that prominence crumbled to the ground in 2006 when he was charged with lying to the FBI in the infamous Anthony Pellicano case and spent years appealing his conviction, only to be sentenced to prison years later. Despite his criminal troubles, McTiernan's career as an action director remained impeccable.

Relationships

Ethan Dubrow Assistant

Step-Son
Born Aug. 18, 1967; accused of manslaughter October 1993; found guilty of involuntary manslaughter March 1996 Dubrow executive produced McTiernan's "The 13th Warrior" (1999)

Donna Dubrow Producer

Wife
Married 1988 She produced his film "Medicine Man" (1992) Divorced 1997

Kate Harrington Costume Designer

Wife
Married July 19, 2003

Carol Land Assistant

Wife
Married Oct. 12, 1974 No longer together

John McTiernan

Father
Played small roles in son's films "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Last Action Hero" (1993), and "Die Hard: with a Vengeance" (1995)

Myra McTiernan

Mother

Truman McTiernan

Daughter
Born June 3, 2000 in Montreal, Canada

Gail Sistrunk

Wife
Married 2012.

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1975

Studied acting with Nina Foch for one year

The Juilliard School

New York , New York
Studied acting with John Houseman

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1975
Attended on fellowship; made short film "Watcher"

State University of New York, Old Westbury

Old Westbury , New York

Milestones

2003

Directed John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in crime drama "Basic"

2002

Helmed remake of "Rollerball"

1999

Produced and directed "The 13th Warrior," based on Michael Crichton's "Eaters of the Dead"

1999

Directed the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair", starring Brosnan

1995

Helmed and produced action sequel "Die Hard with a Vengeance," again starring Willis

1993

Directed and produced "Last Action Hero," reteaming him with Schwarzenegger

1992

Reteamed with Connery and cinematographer McAlpine for "Medicine Man"

1991

Initial projects as executive producer, the feature "Flight of the Intruder" and Fox TV movie "Robin Hood"

1990

First film with Sean Connery, "The Hunt for Red October"

1988

Directed blockbuster thriller "Die Hard," starring Bruce Willis

1987

First major Hollywood feature, "Predator"; first film with Arnold Schwarzenegger; also first association with director of photography Donald McAlpine

1986

Feature acting debut, as Colonel Williams in Australian WWII film "Death of a Soldier"

1986

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Nomads"; first association with actor Pierce Brosnan

Wrote and directed more than 200 TV commercials

Made first film "The Demon's Daughter" (unreleased to date)

Wrote and directed short film "Watcher"

Received a fellowship from the American Film Institute

Appeared in productions as a member of the La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) in New York City

Worked as designer and technical director at Manhattan School of Music

Studied acting with Nina Foch and observed her classes

Bonus Trivia

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On April 17, 2006, McTiernan pleaded guilty to hiring celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap film producer Chuck Roven after they both worked on the movie "Rollerball." McTiernan was sentenced to four months in prison for lying to FBI agents investigating disgraced detective Pellicano. On July 12, 2010, McTiernan pleaded guilty to two charges of making false statements to the FBI and one allegation of perjury for lying to a federal judge in the wiretapping case. He was sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. McTiernan appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in August 2012, but was rejected by the court on Jan. 14, 2013.

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