Walter Hill

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
An auteur in every sense of the word, director Walter Hill took the baton passed him by Sam Peckinpah and became a specialist in the archetypal male action movie, reveling in the artifice of the genre, while at the same ... Read more »
Born: 01/10/1940 in Long Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (100)

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alien vs. Predator 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Fatal Caper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Slight Case of Murder 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

About Face 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Bordello of Blood 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cold War 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Escape 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Horror in the Night 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Last Respects 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Report from the Grave 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Smoke Wrings 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From the Cryptkeeper 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Kidnapper 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Third Pig 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

W.E.I.R.D. World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

99 and 44/100% Pure Horror! 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Comes the Dawn 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Doctor of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

In the Groove 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Staired in Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Assassin 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

You, Murderer 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Came the Dawn 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Creep Course 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Death of Some Salesmen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Forever Ambergris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Half Way Horrible 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

House of Horror 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

People Who Live in Brass Hearses 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Till Death Do We Part 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two For the Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Well-Cooked Hams 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Strung Along 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Werewolf Concerto 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beauty Rest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

On a Dead Man's Chest 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The New Arrival 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

This'll Kill Ya 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Two-Fisted Tales 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Abra Cadaver 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Carrion Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Wait 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Easel Kill 'Ya 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mournin' Mess 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Split Second 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Reluctant Vampire 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Trap 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Undertaking Palor 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Yellow 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

'Til Death 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dead Right 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Fitting Punishment 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

For Cryin' Out Loud 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Four-Sided Triangle 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Judy, You're Not Yourself Today 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Korman's Kalamity 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Lower Berth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mute Witness to Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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My Brother's Keeper 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Television Terror 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Sacrifice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Switch 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Thing From the Grave 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Three's a Crowd 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

And All Through the House 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Collection Completed 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lover Come Hack to Me 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Only Sin Deep 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blue City 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

As Ye Sow (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Confession (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Food For Thought (TV Show)

Executive Producer

King of the Road (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Oil's Well That Ends Well (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Spoiled (TV Show)

Executive Producer

What's Cookin'? (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (26)

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadwood 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Supernova 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Perversions of Science 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Director

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Trespass 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadline 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Johnny Handsome 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Was Death 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Crossroads 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Brewster's Millions 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Southern Comfort 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Long Riders 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Warriors 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Broken Trail (TV Show)

Director
Writer (25)

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wild Bill 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blue City 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Southern Comfort 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Warriors 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Driver 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dog and Cat 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Hard Times 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hickey and Boggs 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mackintosh Man 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Thief Who Came to Dinner 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dog and Cat (TV Show)

Creator
Actor (3)

Becoming John Ford 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Howard Hawks: American Artist 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Directed by John Ford (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (2)

Take the Money and Run 1969 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)

Biography

An auteur in every sense of the word, director Walter Hill took the baton passed him by Sam Peckinpah and became a specialist in the archetypal male action movie, reveling in the artifice of the genre, while at the same time, straining against its constraints. Strongly influenced by John Ford and Howard Hawks - he once claimed every film he had ever made was a Western - he allowed action to define character, believing "there is nothing more absurd than properly motivated characters," and concentrated on creating stunning visual spectacle through experiments in lighting, montage, composition and camera angles. For Hill, violence in varying degrees of stylization provided the stamp of macho gesture; women were extensions of the male world, exhibiting testosterone toughness and masculine meanness; and "home" illuminated a path for those who had lost their way. His pictures reflected a fascination with myth-making and myth-breaking and, at their best, transcended genre conventions.

Relationships

Hildy Gottlieb Executive Producer

Wife
Married Sept. 7, 1986

Joanna Hill

Daughter
Born May 1987; mother, Hildy Gottlieb

Miranda Hill

Daughter
Born December 1989; mother, Hildy Gottlieb

EDUCATION

University of Americas

1959 - 1960

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan 1963

Attended the Directors Guild of America training program for assistant directors in 1966

Milestones

2013

Returned to feature directing with action thriller "Bullet to the Head," starring Sylvester Stallone

2012

Reunited with directory Ridley Scott to produce "Prometheus"

2006

Produced and directed AMC miniseries "Broken Trail"; earned Emmy nomination for Best Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie

2004

Directed episodes of HBO drama "Deadwood"

2000

Directed futuristic thriller "Supernova"; replaced Geoffrey Wright, who left project due to creative differences; when Francis Ford Coppola was brought in to re-cut film, he decided to credit himself with pseudonym Thomas Lee and chose not to be associate

1997

Executive produced (along with Zemeckis, Silver, Donner, and Giler) HBO anthology series "Perversions of Science"; also directed "Dream of Doom" episode

1995

Co-wrote and directed disappointing "Wild Bill," an odd revisionist take on Wild Bill Hickock (portrayed by Jeff Bridges)

1993

Directed and produced (with Neil Canton) "Geronimo: An American Legend"; co-scripted by John Milius

1992

Co-scripted and co-produced "Alien3," directed by David Fincher

1990

Returned to direct "Another 48 Hrs."; seventh collaboration with Gordon

1989

Co-executive produced HBO series "Tales From the Crypt" along with Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver, Richard Donner, and Giler; also wrote and directed several episodes

1987

Re-teamed with Nolte for "Extreme Prejudice"

1986

Made debut as executive producer with James Cameron's "Aliens"; also credited for story

1984

Co-scripted and directed rock 'n' roll fable "Streets of Fire"; flopped despite pulsating score by Cooder

1982

Scored big hit as co-writer and director of "48 Hrs."; starred Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in his film debut; re-teamed with producer Gordon

1981

Co-founded Phoenix Films with David Giler and Joseph Gallagher; company produced "Southern Comfort"; re-teamed with Keith Carradine

1980

Directed first Western "The Long Riders," which cast real-life acting brothers (the Keaches, Carradines, Quaids, and Guests) as historical outlaw siblings; first collaboration with musician Ry Cooder

1979

First producing credit, Ridley Scott's "Alien"

1979

Directed "The Warriors," a story of violent street gangs which arguably became his most popular film due to its ongoing cult following; shared screenplay credit with David Shaber

1978

Co-wrote and directed "The Driver," starring Ryan O'Neal as a laconic getaway driver for hire and Bruce Dern as a driven cop pursuing him

1977

Wrote script for ABC TV movie pilot "Dog and Cat"

1977

Credited as creator for spin-off police series "Dog and Cat"

1976

Received screenplay credit for another Newman vehicle "The Drowning Pool"

1975

Made feature directorial debut with "Hard Times"; first collaboration with producer Lawrence Gordon

1973

Received screenplay credit for John Huston's "The Mackintosh Man," starring Paul Newman

1972

First produced screenplays, "Hickey and Boggs" and "The Getaway"; both films starred McQueen

1968

Was 2nd assistant director on Woody Allen's "Take the Money and Run"

1968

First professional credit, as 2nd assistant director on Norman Jewison's "The Thomas Crown Affair"; film starred Steve McQueen

Launched film career when a friend (who was a subcontractor at Brittanica Films) asked him to research historical re-enactments

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