Randa Haines

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
Former off-off Broadway actress and script supervisor, and a graduate of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, whose student film, "August/September", won her a writing job on the TV series "Family" in the late 1970s ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA


other (21)

Antwone Fisher 2002 (Movie)


Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)


Dance With Me 1998 (Movie)


A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)


Night Driving 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (Tv Show)


Wrestling Ernest Hemingway 1993 (Movie)


The Doctor 1991 (Movie)


Judy, You're Not Yourself Today 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Calling the Shots 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (Tv Show)


Children of A Lesser God 1986 (Movie)


Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)


Just Pals 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The Family Tree 1982 - 1983 (Tv Show)


Tucker's Witch 1982 - 1983 (Tv Show)


Joe 1970 (Movie)

(Script Supervisor)

Just Pals (Movie)


Something About Amelia (TV Show)


The Outsider (TV Show)


The Ron Clark Story (TV Show)



Former off-off Broadway actress and script supervisor, and a graduate of the AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, whose student film, "August/September", won her a writing job on the TV series "Family" in the late 1970s. Haines then directed several episodes of "Hill Street Blues", "Knots Landing" and "Tucker's Witch", as well as "Under This Sky", a PBS historical epic starring Irene Worth; "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall", starring Geraldine Fitzgerald; and the award-winning drama about incest, "Something About Amelia" (1984).

Haines' feature debut, "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), was based on Mark Medoff's Tony award-winning drama about a dedicated speech teacher (William Hurt) and the stubborn deaf woman (Marlee Matlin) with whom he falls in love; the film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her second film, "The Doctor" (1991), again starred Hurt, this time as a callous heart surgeon humanized by his own hospitalization for cancer. Haines had less popular success with the sometimes endearing but uneven study of the friendship of two older men, "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway" (1993).


Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California 1975
directed "August/September"

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute


studied acting with Lee Strasberg



Directed Matthew Perry in "The Ron Clark Story" (TNT); earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America


Produced "Antwone Fisher" directed by and starring Denzel Washington


Directed the light but enjoyable "Dance With Me"


Helmed "Wrestling Ernest Hemingway"


Reteamed with Hurt for "The Doctor", about a medic suffering with cancer


Directed first feature, "Children of a Lesser God", starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin


Helmed the acclaimed TV-movie "Something About Amelia", which dealt with father-daughter incest


Directing debut for TV historical epic, "Under This Sky" (for PBS)

Acted in off-off Broadway productions

Raised in New York

Co-founded with Todd Black, Randa Haines/Todd Black Productions

Work with film students at the School of Visual Arts led to her choosing to work behind the camera

Directed and co-wrote student film, "August/September" (based on parts of a Doris Lessing novel) which led to her being hired as a writer for TV series, "Family"

Worked at small film production company where she bought props, edited sound effects and became script supervisor (for almost ten years)

Bonus Trivia


"I'm always drawn to stories about characters who are somewhat isolated inside themselves by their inability to communicate in some way."--Randa Haines ("New York Times," August 16, 1991)


"You're always balancing what you see in your head and what everybody is capable of giving you with the fact that the sun is going down, there are only so many days in the schedule and someone's in a bad mood. At the moment the camera rolls, everything has to be operating a its best. The actors have to feel the most nourished and stimulted . Your will is the driving energy."--Randa Haines on directing ("People Magazine Extra," Spring 1991)