THE GREEN MILE
DAVID VALDES (producer) has enjoyed a diversified career over the last 20
years that includes successful collaborations with such noted filmmakers as
Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood, with whom he was
associated on 18 features.
He served as sole executive producer on
Eastwood's acclaimed revisionist Western, "Unforgiven," which
captured four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and repeated those duties
on Wolfgang Petersen's Oscar-nominated hit thriller, "In the Line of
Fire," which starred Eastwood, Rene Russo and Oscar nominee John Malkovich.
Valdes was also the executive producer on two critically acclaimed Eastwood
movies: "Bird," starring Forest Whitaker, and "White Hunter,
Black Heart," which Eastwood directed as well as starred in.
As a producer, Valdes includes among
his many motion picture credits "Turbulence" featuring Ray Liotta and
Lauren Holly; "A Perfect World," starring Kevin Costner and Eastwood,
who also directed; and "The Stars Fell on Henrietta," with Robert
Duvall and Aidan Quinn. He teamed Eastwood with Charlie Sheen in "The
Rookie," and paired Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron in the comedy "Like
Father, Like Son."
He also produced Eastwood's
productions of "Pink Cadillac" and the last installment of the popular
Dirty Harry movies, "The Dead Pool," which marked the feature-film
debuts of Jim Carrey and Liam Neeson. Among the four movies he did with Francis
Ford Coppola, Valdes most recently served as executive producer on the Vietnam
drama "Gardens of Stone."
Valdes worked in television as a
director on the innovative series "Moonlighting" (in its debut
season), starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. He worked in all television
formats, including movies-of-the-week, series, commercials and music videos
before finding his niche as a motion picture producer.
Born and raised in Southern California,
Valdes earned a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from UCLA, graduating magna cum
laude. He began his film career as an assistant director for such esteemed
filmmakers as Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders while also beginning his longtime
affiliations with Francis Ford Coppola and Clint Eastwood. He segued into
producing as an associate producer on Eastwood's "Pale Rider" in
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