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American Filmmaker Oliver Stone Born - 1946

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Oliver Stone, American filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer was born on this day, 15th September, 1946 in New York City.

Stone enlisted in the army in 1967 and saw combat in Vietnam, winning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, before studying filmmaking with Martin Scorsese at New York Univ. (B.F.A., 1971).

He adapted the screenplay for Midnight Express (1978 Academy Award) and authored other scripts before directing his first Hollywood film, The Hand (1981). Stone won critical plaudits for Salvador (1986), but it was not until he wrote and directed the grimly realistic Vietnam War drama Platoon (1986 Academy Award, best director) that he catapulted to popular success.

In his exploration of various uniquely American themes, Stone has become a controversial figure, frequently criticized for mingling fact and fiction in some films (e.g., JFK, 1991) and for portraying extreme violence in others (e.g., Natural Born Killers, 1994). His many other movies include Wall Street (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989; Academy Award, best director), The Doors (1991), Nixon (1995), and World Trade Center (2006).


Charlie Rose interviews Oliver Stone
(after release of "Nixon" in 1995)

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