Renny Harlin

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
As a director of primarily action-oriented films, Renny Harlin began his career in the late 1980s on a promising note with the lucrative "Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). Immediately following the ... Read more »
Born: 03/15/1959 in Riihimaki, FI

Filmography

Director (23)

Skiptrace 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

The Legend of Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Devil's Pass 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Graceland 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

White Collar 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

5 Days of War 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Burn Notice 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

12 Rounds 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Cleaner 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Covenant 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Mindhunters 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Freddy's Nightmares 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Prison 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Born American 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (13)

The Legend of Hercules 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Devil's Pass 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Resident 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mindhunters 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Blast From the Past 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cutthroat Island 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Speechless 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Foot Shooting Party 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rambling Rose 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mistrial (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

Replacement Driver (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Born American 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

As a director of primarily action-oriented films, Renny Harlin began his career in the late 1980s on a promising note with the lucrative "Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" (1988). Immediately following the highly profitable fourth installment to the horror series, Harlin - previously a successful filmmaker in his native Finland - suddenly found himself to be Hollywood's go-to director of action movies. He kept expectations high with "Die Hard 2" (1990), another box office success that gave many the impression that this was no one-hit wonder. But Harlin started to falter a bit with "Cliffhanger" (1993), a Sylvester Stallone vehicle that performed well with audiences, but earned particular scorn from critics. The façade crumbled for good with "Cutthroat Island" (1995), perhaps one of the most derided film ever made. In fact, never before was there a film that bombed so utterly and completely as "Cutthroat Island," which became at the time a <i>Guinness Book of World Records</i> holder as being the biggest financial disaster in Hollywood history. Not only did the film tank, but it forever dulled the sheen of Harlin's golden boy status, not to mention ruined the feature career of former wife, actress Geena Davis. Though Harlin continued to regularly make films, he never again reached the initial promise he displayed at the start of his career.

Relationships

Father

Mother

Son
Born in August 1997 mother, Tiffany Browne

Tiffany Browne

Companion
Had a brief relationship that resulted in the birth of Harlin's son (August 1997)

Geena Davis Actor

Wife
Married on Sept. 18, 1993 Harlin directed Davis in "Cutthroat Island" (1995) Separated amicably in April 1997 Davis filed for divorce in August 1997 Divorced on June 21, 1998

Laura Dern Actor

Companion
Harlin produced "Rambling Rose" (1991), which starred Dern

EDUCATION

University of Helsiniki

Milestones

2009

Helmed the action film, "12 Rounds"

2007

Directed Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris in the thriller, "Cleaner"

2006

Helmed an adaptation of the graphic novel, "The Covenant"

2005

Directed Val Kilmer and LL Cool J in the pshchological thriller "Mindhunters"

2004

Directed Stellan Skarsgard in the thriller "Exorcist: The Beginning"

2001

Teamed with Sylvester Stallone to produce and direct the race-car movie "Driven"

1999

Re-teamed with Jackson for the shark movie "Deep Blue Sea"

1996

Directed Davis and Samuel L Jackson in "The Long Kiss Goodnight"

1995

Directed wife Geena Davis in the poorly received, "Cutthroat Island"

1994

Formed Forge Productions with Geena Davis

1991

First film as a producer, "Rambling Rose"; directed by Martha Coolidge

1990

Directed first big-budget smash "Die Hard 2"

1988

Directed the low-budget horror film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master"; became the highest grossing independent film at that time

1986

Privately funded the first 20 minutes of his debut feature, "Born American"; received additional funding for completion

1985

Moved to the US

1982

Made documentary short, "Hold On"

At age 20, founded his own production company which made short films and documentaries

Formed production company Midnight Sun Pictures

By age 23, had produced several comercials, TV documentaries and short films

Published his own magazine at age nine

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