JOHN McTIERNAN (Director)
has directed some of the biggest and most exciting box office hits in film
history including Die Hard, a phenomenon that spawned enough imitators to
create an entire sub-genre of pulse-pounding action-adventure films. He followed
Die Hard with The Hunt for Red October, the blockbuster-adaptation
of Tom Clancy's best-selling novel.
McTiernan most recently
directed Rollerball and The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce
Brosnan and Rene Russo, and is in preparation to direct Die Hard 4.
McTiernan, who grew up
in a small farm town in upstate New York, developed his interest in drama at an
early age. After graduating from Exeter, he enrolled at Juilliard to study
theater directing, but quickly realized his real interest was in film. He earned
a fellowship from the American Film Institute, where he began his formal
education in movie directing and, in 1997, received AFI's Franklin J.
Schaffner Award for Achievement in Directing.
In 1986, McTiernan
wrote and directed his first feature film, the science fiction-fantasy Nomads
starring a young actor named Pierce Brosnan. His first major studio film was Predator
starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He then turned to a movie that expressed his
deeply held environmental concerns, Medicine Man starring Sean Connery
and Lorraine Bracco. McTiernan reteamed with Schwarzenegger, acting as producer
and director on The Last Action Hero. McTiernan also produced and
directed the international hit Die Hard: With a Vengeance. He was
executive producer on Flight of
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