A native of Long Beach, California, Hill came to directing through screenwriting, quickly making his mark in the action field with solo credits on films such as Hickey and Boggs and the original of The Getaway, which was directed by Sam Peckinpah and starred Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw.
Since making his directorial debut from his own screenplay with the 1975 Charles Bronson/James Coburn starrer Hard Times, Hill has become one of the American cinema's most prolific and at times controversial filmmakers.
Among his honors are a Best Director Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, a Golden Spur Award for his Western Trilogy (The Long Riders, Wild Bill and Geronimo: An American Legend), Best Director at the Cognac Film Festival for Mysteries and Thrillers (48 Hrs.), a Cable ACE Award as Best Director for Deadline and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. Hill has executive produced (with David Giler, Richard Donner, Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis) HBO's Tales from the Crypt. As a producer, Hill's credits include (with Gordon Carroll and David Giler) the science fiction phenomenon Alien and its sequels.
Walter Hill Facts
|Birthday||January 10, 1942 (79)|
|Birthplace||Long Beach, California, USA|