Phil Alden Robinson

Director, Screenwriter, TV newscaster
For Phil Alden Robinson, 1984 was a turning point in his career. The Long Island native had toiled for almost a decade, first as an on-air newscaster and later making educational and industrial films as well as ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1950 in Long Beach, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (9)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Writer

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trapper John, M.D. 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

All of Me 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (9)

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Band of Brothers 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Director
Actor (2)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

("The Day My Baby Died") (Song)
Producer (1)

All of Me 1984 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

For Phil Alden Robinson, 1984 was a turning point in his career. The Long Island native had toiled for almost a decade, first as an on-air newscaster and later making educational and industrial films as well as commercials before he broke into the Hollywood mainstream with a pair of comic features, the box-office hit "All of Me" and the less than stellar pairing of Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone in "Rhinestone". According to the screenwriter, the experience of making the former was a rare case where the author was welcomed (undoubtedly in part because director Carl Reiner and star Steve Martin both had writing credits).

EDUCATION

Union College

Schenectady , New York 1971

Milestones

2001

Helmed an episode of the HBO WWII drama "Band of Brothers"

2000

First produced project in eight years, the based-on-fact civil rights-themed TV-movie "Freedom Song" (TNT); wrote, directed and served as executive producer

1992

Accompanied United Nations High Commission for Refugees to Bosnia and Somalia; made five documentaries drawn from those experiences that were presented on ABC's "Nightline"

1992

Wrote and directed the comedy thriller "Sneakers"

1989

Penned the screenplay for and directed the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Field of Dreams"; received Academy Award nomination for script

1987

Feature directorial debut with "In the Mood"; also wrote screenplay, co-conceived the story and wrote one of the songs

1985

Made directorial debut with two episodes of the CBS variety series "The George Burns Comedy Week"

1984

First film to be released, "Rhinestone" (co-writer; also provided story and penned a song); released theatrically in June

1983

First screenplay to go into production, "All of Me" (released September 1984)

1979

Wrote two episodes for "Trapper John, M.D." (CBS)

1974

Worked as a TV newscaster in Schenectady, New York

Directed "The Sum of All Fears" (lensed 2001), the fourth film to feature the character of Jack Ryan (now played by Ben Affleck) and based on the Tom Clancy novel

Made industrial films and commercials; also worked in radio

Wrote and directed training films for the U.S. Air Force

Bonus Trivia

.

"I am a world-class procrastinator." --Phil Alden Robinson in an e-mail interview with Robert J Elisberg posted at the Writers Guld of America Web site (www.wga.org/craft/interviews/robinson.html)

SIMILAR ARTICLES