“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Career of Arthur Hiller…

Posted on August 18, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

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   Arthur Hiller was a noted television and film director, having directed over 33 major motion pictures during his 50-year career. He began his career directing television in Canada. By the late 1950s, he began directing movies, and most often, comedies. He also directed award-winning dramas, such as Love Story, which was nominated for seven Oscars.

   After he graduated high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of World War II, and navigated bombers over enemy territory in Europe. After he returned from serving in the military, Hiller graduated from the University of Toronto. One of his first jobs after graduating was with Canadian radio directing various public affairs programs.

   When television entered mainstream media in the early 1950s, he began directing for Canadian broadcasters. NBC asked him to direct television dramas, including episodes of Thriller, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Naked City, and Playhouse 90.

   He collaborated with award-winning screenwriters Paddy Chayefsky and Neil Simon. Hiller hit his stride when he turned to cinema. Productions include The Americanization of Emily, The Out-of-Towners, The Man in the Glass Booth, The HospitalMan of La Mancha, Plaza SuiteSilver Streak, See No Evil Hear No Evil, W.C. Fields and MeAuthor! Author!, and The Babe.

    Hiller was president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989 to 1993, and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1997. He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002.

   One of my favorite modern directors, Arthur Hiller was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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