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Steve Miner

Steve Miner, a director who has played with the possibilities of many genres - from thrillers to horror films to dramatic television - saddles up for a new kind of Western with TEXAS RANGERS.

Miner began his career launching two of cinema's most popular screen franchises: Paramount's phenomenally successful Friday The 13th series and the series spun off from Miner's House, which was New World Pictures' top-grossing film of all time. After launching the original low-budget horror success story, Miner went on to direct Friday The 13th part II and it 3-D sequel Friday the 13th Part III.

Switching into drama with ease, Miner went on to direct major main-stream films such as Forever Young, a romantic-fantasy staffing Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis; My Father The Hero, a comedy with French superstar Gerard Depardieu, the comedy Soul Man and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. At the same time, Miner began to carve out a prestigious career as a director of television pilots, beginning with the acclaimed series The Wonder Years, which earned three Emmy nominations and a DGA Award for Best Comedy Direction for Miner.

Most recently, Miner returned to the horror genre with Halloween: H20, which weds the talents of Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson and scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, returning to do battle with Michael Meyers twenty years after the film that launched the genre, Halloween.

Miner also recently brought his wide-raning sense of comic fun to Lake Placid, an action- thriller send-up written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and staffing Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda and Oliver Platt.

A film-lover since childhood, with a special fondness for Alfred Hitchcock, Miner says he became aware of film as an art form and a possible profession while watching 16mm films with his mother, a film librarian, screened regularly for her family in their home in Westport, Connecticut. That early exposure inspired Miner to start learning his craft by working as a production assistant on industrial films in New York. His introduction to features came on a low-budget horror film shot in a producer friend Sean Cunningham's backyard and featuring the directorial debut of Wes Craven. Miner and Cunningham went on to produce a pair of Bad News Bears — style comedies, Here Come The Tigers (1978) and Manny's Orphans (1979), in the backyard style of filming.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Steve Miner Facts

Birth NameStephen C. Miner
BirthdayJune 18, 1951 (71)
BirthplaceWestport, Connecticut, USA

Selected Filmography

Friday the 13th
House: Two Stories
Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
Halloween H20
House Double Feature
Friday The 13th 1-4
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