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David Anspaugh

David Anspaugh

This Emmy-winning TV producer-director (Hill Street Blues) has also had considerable experience helming TV commercials and series (St. Elsewhere, Miami Vice) and subsequently feature films. Anspaugh began shooting 16mm sports films while at The University of Indiana before attending USC's School of Film and Television. After four years teaching high school in Colorado, he started his TV career as associate producer on the ABC movies Vampire (1979) and Fighting Back (1980), both produced by MTM. He went on to become associate producer on that company's acclaimed cop show Hill Street Blues (NBC) in 1981; by the time he left the show in 1985, Anspaugh had worked his way up to producer and director, winning producing Emmys in 1982 and 1983. Anspaugh returned to directing with episodes of St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice, and the TV-movies The Last Leaf (syndicated, 1984), Deadly Care (CBS, 1987) and In the Company of Darkness (CBS, 1993).

Anspaugh made a smooth, engaging big screen directing debut with Hoosiers (1986), a nostalgic college basketball drama starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. Five years later he re-teamed with the writer of Hoosiers and ventured back to collegiate sagas with Rudy (1993), an appealing true story of a college student who overcomes his short stature to become a football player for Notre Dame. A sharp change of pace was Moonlight and Valentino (1995), which the director laughingly called an estrogen-driven film, as opposed to his former sports-related testosterone films. Scripted by Ellen Simon and based on her own experiences, Moonlight and Valentino focused on a woman coping with her new status as a widow.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

David Anspaugh Facts

BirthdaySeptember 24, 1946 (77)
BirthplaceDecatur, Indiana, USA

Selected Filmography

The Miracle Match
Golden Triangle, Part 2
Football Collection
Little Red Wagon
Moonlight and Valentino
Sports Giftset
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