Roger Spottiswoode

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
A distinguished writer of plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, Ronald Harwood earned a reputation for intelligent literary adaptations that often drew from his own works. Though he had a long and ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1945 in England, GB

Filmography

Director (27)

Midnight Sun 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Sun (Hyde Park) 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Shake Hands with the Devil 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

The Children of Huang Shi 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Ripley Under Ground 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Spinning Boris 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Director

Ice Bound 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Director

The 6th Day 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Prince Street 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Mesmer 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Air America 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Time Flies When You're Alive 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Shoot to Kill 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best of Times 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Terror Train 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Director

Murder Live! (TV Show)

Director

Noriega: God's Favorite (TV Show)

Director

The Last Innocent Man (TV Show)

Director

The Matthew Shepard Story (TV Show)

Director

The Renegades (TV Show)

Director

Third Degree Burn (TV Show)

Director
Editor (4)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

(Editor)
Writer (3)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Turner and Hooch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Story By

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

Jack and Jill vs. the World 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (1)

The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A distinguished writer of plays, novels, short stories, non-fiction, and screenplays, Ronald Harwood earned a reputation for intelligent literary adaptations that often drew from his own works. Though he had a long and fruitful career, Harwood came to prominence late in life by winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Roman Polanski's extraordinary film, "The Pianist" (2002), which depicted Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival in Nazi occupied Warsaw. Previously he earned Academy attention with the adaptation of his own play, "The Dresser" (1983), which drew upon his own experiences as a personal assistant to aging actor Sir Donald Wolfit in the 1950s. Harwood later brought recognition to the struggle of apartheid with his biopic on "Mandela" (HBO, 1987) and later with his adaptation of "Cry, the Beloved Country" (1995). After "The Pianist," he delivered notable adaptations of W. Somerset Maugham's "Being Julia" (2003) and Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (2005), before writing an extraordinary adaptation of debilitated editor Jean Dominique-Bauby's memoir, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007). While most writers saw their best work earlier in life, Harwood improved exponentially with age on his way to becoming one of the literary world's most celebrated and prolific scribes.

Relationships

Holly Palance

Wife
filed for divorce in 1998 born in 1950 daughter of actor Jack Palance acted in husband's "The Best of Times" (1986)

Raymond Spottiwoode

Father
died in 1970

Milestones

2002

Directed the NBC TV-movie "The Matthew Shepard Story"

2000

Helmed the Arnold Schwarzenneger vehicle "The 6th Day"

1997

Directed NBC movie "Murder Live!", about a man who holds a talk show's host, crew and audience captive

1997

Helmed "Tomorrow Never Dies" installment of the James Bond series

1995

Co-directed (with Koreyoshi Hurahara) the Showtime miniseries "Hiroshima"; Masur again a cast member

1993

Helmed the critically-acclaimed, Emmy-winning HBO movie "And the Band Played On"; Mazur part of cast

1989

Second HBO movie, "Third Degree Burn", reunited him with Treat Williams ("The Pursuit of D B Cooper") and Mazur

1988

Directed slick but highly improbable "Shoot to Kill"; Masur also in cast

1987

HBO movie "The Last Innocent Man" reunited him with Ed Harris from "Under Fire"

1985

Executive producer, "Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend"

1984

Third and last film (to date) with Shelton, "The Best of Times"

1983

Reteamed with Shelton and "48 Hrs." star Nick Nolte for first-rate political thriller "Under Fire"; first time directing Masur

1982

Screenwriting debut (with Hill and Larry Gross), "48 Hrs."

1981

First collaboration with screenwriter Ron Shelton on "The Pursuit of D B Cooper"

1980

Directorial debut, "Terror Train"

1977

Left editing to serve as asociate producer and second unit director on Reisz's "Who'll Stop the Rain"; first association with actor Richard Masur

1975

Edited Walter Hill's "Hard Times"

1974

First association with director Karel Reisz as editor of "The Gambler"

1970

First film as editor, "Straw Dogs"; would also edit Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway" (1972) and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973)

1966

Worked as editing trainee on film "Georgy Girl" which led to career as editor of TV commercials and documentaries

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