Tony Kaye

Director, Producer, Director of photography
An accomplished and award-winning director of television commercials and music videos in the 1980s and early 1990s, Tony Kaye made an auspicious feature debut in 1996 with the powerful drama "American History X. " The ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1952 in England, GB

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (6)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

American History X 1998 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

American History X 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

G-D 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (5)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Black Water Transit 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

American History X 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

G-D 1998 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (4)

Spun 2003 (Movie)

Emcee (Actor)

Who Is Alan Smithee? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

8 1/2 Women 2000 (Movie)

Mourner (Actor)
Producer (3)

Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lake of Fire 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

G-D 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

An accomplished and award-winning director of television commercials and music videos in the 1980s and early 1990s, Tony Kaye made an auspicious feature debut in 1996 with the powerful drama "American History X. " The film, which starred Edward Norton as a reformed racist, scored with critics and audiences alike, but its success was quickly overshadowed by a bizarre battle of wills between Kaye, Norton and the film's producers at New Line Cinema. His public fight and ensuing propaganda blitz devastated his personal life and finances, leaving his career in tatters. But Kaye eventually rallied with the highly acclaimed documentary "Lake of Fire" (2006), which graphically depicted the struggle for abortion rights. Meanwhile, he made his second feature film, "Black Water Transit" (2010), starring Laurence Fishburne, though the movie's production company went bankrupt during filming and it went unreleased. With his back against the wall once more, Kaye made his third movie, "Detachment" (2012), a social drama about the high school education system starring Adrien Brody. Though he had failed to live up to the promise of "American History X," Kaye nonetheless continued to make intriguing films regardless of his financial struggles.

Relationships

Amy Hill

Wife
Married September 7, 1997

Milestones

2007

Helmed the documentry "Lake of Fire," a look at the landmark case, Roe v. Wade, examining its impact on the United States and the deep divisions on the issue of abortion; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Documentry

2006

Directed the "Dani California" video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers

2002

Hired as director for an acting video produced by and starring Marlon Brando called "Lying for a Living"; quit after the third day

2001

Sued by actor Larry Jenkins and Flashworks Prods. over reportedly reneging on an agreement to direct a film for which he had been paid $600,000

1999

Helmed the five-and-one-half-minute short "Pluto Warrior"

1998

Announced plans to direct Marlon Brando in "One Arm," an unproduced script by Tennessee Williams; project never made

1998

Feature directing debut, "American History X"; also served as own cameraman; fought with New Line over final cut

1993

Began work on "G-D," a look at the abortion issue in America (completed in 1999)

1991

Established Tony Kaye Films in L.A.

Made his name in the UK helming TV commercials for Guinness, Reebok and Volvo

Worked as an art director for several London advertising agencies

Was one of the founders of Hype Art

In California, hired a woman he met at Venice Beach to appear daily at the Getty Museum

As part of Hype Art, hired a homeless man named Roger and "installed" him at the Tate Gallery in London

Bonus Trivia

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He has formed a rock band TKOH.

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