Taylor Hackford

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
An early career in television documentaries helped to shape the degree of verisimilitude that informed much of Taylor Hackford's efforts as a director and producer in Hollywood. After proving his skill with real-life ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (23)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ray 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

G:mt 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Defenseless 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mortal Thoughts 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Queens Logic 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sweet Talker 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rick Nelson: It's All Right Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Producer

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rooftops 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Bamba 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Teenage Father 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Producer
Director (14)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Ray 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Proof of Life 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll! 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

An Officer and A Gentleman 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

The Idolmaker 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Teenage Father 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (7)

Arts Fall Festival 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bleep! Censoring Hollywood 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Score 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Firstworks 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Ray 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)
Editor (1)

When We Were Kings 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

("Show Me Your Tattoo") (Song)
Other (1)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

An early career in television documentaries helped to shape the degree of verisimilitude that informed much of Taylor Hackford's efforts as a director and producer in Hollywood. After proving his skill with real-life subjects, he ventured into features, where he fared best with biopics - especially those based on the lives of rock 'n' roll pioneers like Ritchie Valens in "La Bamba" (1987) and Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004). His efforts outside this genre were met with varying degrees of success - the sudsy "An Officer and a Gentleman" (1982) and "Against All Odds" (1984) won many moviegoers' hearts, but later projects like "White Nights" (1985) and "Everybody's All-American" (1988) yielded uneven results. Feature length documentaries proved to be his most satisfying milieu, with "Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll" (1987) and the Muhammad Ali fight story "When We Were Kings" (1996) earning him praise from critics and viewers alike. Films like these solidified Hackford's status as a director with an uncanny knack for capturing the drama inherent in everyday lives.

Relationships

Rio Hackford Actor

Son
Born June 28, 1970; mother, Georgie Lowres

Joseph Hackford

Father
Divorced from Taylor's mother

Alexander Hackford

Son
Born May 15, 1979; mother, Lynne Littman

Lynne Littman Director

Wife
Married May 7, 1977 No longer together

Georgie Lowres

Wife
Mother of Hackford's son Rio No longer together

Helen Mirren Actor

Wife
Met when Hackford cast Mirren in "White Nights" (1985) Married Dec. 31, 1997 in Inverness, Scotland

Mary Taylor

Mother
Divorced from Taylor's father

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2013

Directed Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"

2010

Produced and directed "Love Ranch," based on true story of a married couple who opened first legal brothel in Nevada; wife Helen Mirren starred in film

2004

Produced and directed "Ray," the story of legendary blues singer Ray Charles starring Jamie Foxx in title role; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Picture; also earned Oscar nomination for Best Director; nominated by Directors Guild of A

2000

Produced and directed "Proof of Life," starring Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe

1997

Directed "The Devil's Advocate," with Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino

1996

Produced documentary "When We Were Kings," about the famous 'Rumble in the Jungle' heavyweight championship match between Ali and Foreman

1995

Directed feature film adaptation of Stephen King's "Dolores Claiborne"

1993

Refocused on directing with "Bound by Honor," depicting gang wars in California jails during 1980s

1991

New Visions Pictures dissolved

1990

Produced music documentary special "Rick Nelson: It's All Right Now" for The Nashville Network

1989

Feature debut as executive producer, "Rooftops"

1988

Merged his company with New Century Entertainment to form New Century/New Visions

1987

Directed feature-length music documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!"

1987

First feature produced, without also directing, "La Bamba"

1985

Met future wife Helen Mirren during filming of "White Nights"

1984

Feature producing debut, "Against All Odds"; also directed

1982

Directed first hit film "An Officer and a Gentleman"

1980

Feature directing debut, "The Idolmaker" starring Ray Sharkey

1978

Filmmaking debut, wrote, produced, and directed Oscar-winning short "Teenage Father"

1974

Produced concert special "Bonnie Raitt and Paul Butterfield" for PBS

1973

Helmed documentary "Bukowski"; also wrote

1968

Served as a Peace corps volunteer in Bolivia

Pioneered presentation of rock music performances for station's cultural department

Worked at KCET-TV, the Los Angeles public affiliate; began as mailroom clerk; later became director, producer and writer

Served as an investigative reporter in station's news division; won two Emmys for his work

Worked as director, producer, and writer for Hackford-Litman Films in Los Angeles

Formed production company New Visions Inc. with partner, entertainment lawyer Stuart Benjamin

Bonus Trivia

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Hackford won two local Emmy Awards (presumably in Los Angeles where he worked for public TV affiliate KCET) in 1974 and 1977 for his work as an investigative reporter.

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