William Dear

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Capable Hollywood craftsman who has been busy as a writer, director, and producer in film and TV since the mid-1970s. Dear has quietly carved several niches for himself in the industry as a director of commercials, TV ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1944 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Director (21)

A Mile In His Shoes 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Bombshell 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Midnight Stallion 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Sandlot: Heading Home 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Simon Says 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Foursome 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Politics of Love 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Free Style 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Balloon Farm 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Wild America 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Covington Cross 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

If Looks Could Kill 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Hollywood Dog 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Northville Cemetery Massacre 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Troop Mom (TV Show)

Director
Actor (9)

Santa Who? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Angels in the Outfield 1994 (Movie)

Toronto Manager (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Watching the Detectives 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

If Looks Could Kill 1991 (Movie)

Bomb Tester (Actor)

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Limo Driver (Actor)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

Sighting Man (Actor)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

3rd Technician (Actor)

School of Life (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Harry and the Hendersons 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Story By

The Rocketeer 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Timerider 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (4)

Simon Says 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harry and the Hendersons 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michael Nesmith in Television Parts 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Producer

The Northville Cemetery Massacre 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Blue Collar 1978 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Northville Cemetery Massacre 1975 (Movie)

(Photography)

Biography

Capable Hollywood craftsman who has been busy as a writer, director, and producer in film and TV since the mid-1970s. Dear has quietly carved several niches for himself in the industry as a director of commercials, TV pilots ("Dinosaurs", "Covington Cross"), and direct-to-video comic films (the Firesign Theatre's "Nick Danger--The Case of the Missing Yoke"). Between 1983 and 1985 alone, he received two Directors' Guild Award nominations and 12 Clio Award nominations for his direction and shooting of commercials. Dear has also proven himself to be a canny creator of popular family entertainments ("Harry and the Hendersons" 1987; "Angels in the Outfield" 1994). Moreover he was a pioneer in rock video due to his much admired collaborations with former Monkees member Michael Nesmith on the short film "Rio" (1977) and the multi-award-winning "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts" (1981). Dear has also acted in a number of small film roles, mostly in his own features.

EDUCATION

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant , Michigan

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant , Michigan

Milestones

2010

Directed "The Perfect Game," about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico, who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series in 1957

2007

Directed the direct-to-video sequel "The Sandlot: Heading Home"

2006

Wrote and directed the horror film "Simon Says," which premiered at Fantastic Fest

2005

Directed Ryan Reynolds in "School of Life"

2000

Wrote and directed "Santa Who?" starring Leslie Nielsen

1997

Directed the adventure film "Wild America"

1994

Directed the family film "Angels in the Outfield"

1993

Co-executive produced "Journey to the Center of the Earth," an NBC TV movie pilot; also directed

1992

Directed the pilot episode of "Covington Cross," a short-lived medieval family adventure on ABC

1991

Received a creator's credit on "Harry and the Hendersons," a syndicated sitcom spin-off from the feature film

1991

Directed the pilot episode for ABC's "Dinosaurs"

1990

Directed the unsold pilot for "Hollywood Dog," a live action/animation hybrid for Fox

1987

Produced, co-wrote, directed and appeared in the family comedy "Harry and the Hendersons"

1985

Made TV producing debut with the short-lived NBC comedy series "Michael Nesmith in Television Parts"

1985

Directed an episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" titled "Mummy, Daddy"

1984

Made TV directing debut with the Showtime special, "Garry Shandling - Alone in Las Vegas" (rebroadcast on ABC in 1988)

1982

First feature credit as a writer/director, "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann"; co-written by producer Michael Nesmith

1981

Directed and co-wrote (with Nesmith) "Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts"; won the first Video of the Year Grammy Award

1979

Served as manager of the 2nd unit for Schrader's "Hardcore"

1978

Provided additional photography for Paul Schrader's directorial debut, "Blue Collar"

1977

Met writer-director Paul Schrader, who was filming in Detroit

1977

Met former Monkee turned producer-composer Michael Nesmith

1977

Collaborated with Nesmith on the short film "Rio," which was based on a song written by Nesmith

1976

Feature debut as producer and cinematographer, "Northville Cemetery Massacre"; also co-directed

1975

Feature directing debut, "Nymph"

1968

Directed and co-wrote the short film, "Mr. Grey"; won a Special Jury Award Gold Medal at the Atlantic Film Festival

Worked in film in Detroit, writing, directing, and lensing commercials, documentaries, and industrial films in addition to independent projects

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