Richard Compton

Not many Hollywood directors got their break working for the federal government, but Richard Compton was making propaganda films for the United States Information Agency years before releasing "Angels Die Hard" in 1970 ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1938

Filmography

Director (40)

Home for the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Peacemakers 2003 (Tv Show)

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JAG 2002 (Tv Show)

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Babylon 5 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Hardcastle and McCormick 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Home Improvement 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Kay O'Brien 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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M.A.N.T.I.S. 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Otherworld 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Players 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Profiler 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Sliders 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The District 1966 - 1969, 1985 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Equalizer 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Fugitive 1966 - 1969, 1983 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Lone Gunmen 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Sentinel 1966 - 1969, 1984 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The X-Files 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Get Real 1966 - 1969, 1988 - 1989, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Burning Zone 1966 - 1969, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Commish 1966 - 1969, 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Charmed 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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The Keys 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Barrington 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Ravagers 1979 (Movie)

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Maniac 1977 (Movie)

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Return to Macon County 1975 (Movie)

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Macon County Line 1974 (Movie)

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Welcome Home, Soldier Boys 1972 (Movie)

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Angels Die Hard 1970 (Movie)

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Babylon 5: The Gathering (TV Show)

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Baywatch: Panic at Malibu Pier (TV Show)

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Deadman's Curve (TV Show)

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Super Force (TV Show)

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The Keys (TV Show)

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Writer (4)

Return to Macon County 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Macon County Line 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angels Die Hard 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The California Kid (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (3)

Angels Die Hard 1970 (Movie)

Restaurant Owner (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fatal Flaw (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Not many Hollywood directors got their break working for the federal government, but Richard Compton was making propaganda films for the United States Information Agency years before releasing "Angels Die Hard" in 1970. The film flipped the script on the standard biker gang movies of its day, presenting them as heroes rather than thugs as they come to the rescue during a local mining disaster. Not only was this Compton's United States motion picture debut, but it was also the first picture released by New World Pictures, the production company founded by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. Soon after, Compton wrote and directed his most noteworthy film, the gritty low-budget revenge flick "Macon County Line". The box office success of the project allowed him to put out a string of similar movies, including a pseudo-sequel, "Return to Macon County", though none matched the success or cult following of the original. Compton worked exclusively in television from the '80s until the end of his career, directing episodes of iconic series through several generations, such as the stylized cop drama "Miami Vice" and the science-fiction mystery "The X-Files".

Relationships

Veronica Cartwright Actor

Wife
Married from 1982 until his death in August 2007

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