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JOHN STOCKWELL (Director) distinguished himself as both an actor and writer before finding mainstream success as the director of such films as Blue Crush and Crazy/Beautiful. Born in Galveston, Texas, he later moved with his family to New York City and entered Harvard University at 17 to pursue acting and filmmaking. While at Harvard, he commuted to New York City and made his television acting debut on the daytime drama "The Guiding Light.” He also studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, as well as at New York University's School of Performing Arts before making his film debut in So Fine in 1981 (which his Harvard professors counted toward his school credits).

Several lead roles followed in such films as Losin' It, Eddie and the Cruisers, Christine, Radioactive Dreams, My Science Project, City Limits, Top Gun (as the pilot, ‘Cougar') and Dangerously Close (which he also wrote). He made his directorial debut with the 1987 film Under Cover (also serving as screenwriter) and, for a time, balanced acting in TV movies like "North and South,” "Billionaire Boys Club” and "The Eyes of the Panther,” and such feature films as Born to Ride, I Shot a Man in Vegas and Nixon, with writing (Rock Star and made-fortelevision film "Breast Men”) and directing (the television film "Cheaters,” which he also wrote).

Stockwell, an avid surfer, created the television series "Rocky Point,” on which he served as a writer and director. He most recently directed the thriller Turistas and will next write and direct Chasing the Whale.

He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.


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