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filmmaker

Taylor Hackford is an American film director. Recipient Silver Reel award San Francisco Film Festival, 1972, Emmy award Academy television Arts and Sciences, 1974, Emmy award Academy television Arts and Sciences, 1977, Academy award Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 1979, Grammy award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Ray, 2006, Robert B. Alrich Avc. award, Directors Guild of America.

Background

Hackford, Taylor was born on December 31, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, United States. Son of Joseph and Mary (Taylor) Hackford.

Education

Recieved the Bachelor'sdegree from the University Southern California, 1968.

Career

Taylor Hackford follows his own star, and over the years he has been good value. There isn't a great film in his list, but there’s so much that is very entertaining. The Idolmaker revealed a young man with a rich, comic understanding of show-business fraud, and it sparkles with the best performance by the much lamented Ray Sharkey.

An Officer and a Gentleman was a big hit in which Hackford managed to make disputing stars seem as if they were crazy about each other. Against All Odds is not as good as its basis, Out of the Past. but it has some torrid sex scenes in Mexico and a sure eye for Rachel Ward. White Nights is pretty silly, but it introduced Hackford to his longtime companion, and now wife, Helen Mirren. Jessica Lange is terrific in Everybody’s All-American. Bound by Honor is a study of Chicago gang life; and Dolores Claiborne is really a study of heavily spiced acting. As for the delirious The Devil's Advocate, what can one say except that it is very funny and might have been better still if Hackford had trusted the venom of satire.

More than that, Hackford is an enterprising, amiable man ready to trv lots of things. He was in the Peace Coqis. He did several early documentaries on figures like Charles Bukow'ski and Budd Boetticher. Teenage Father was an Oscar-winning short. And in the eighties, he became a producer: La Bamba (87, Luis Valdez); The Long Walk Home (90, Richard Pearce); Sweet Talker (90, Michael Jenkins); Queens Logic (91, Steve Rash); When We Were Kings (96, Leon Gast).

Membership

Member Directors Guild of America (president since 2009), Writers Guild of America.

Connections

Married Helen Mirren, December 31, 1997.