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George Roy Hill (December 20, 1921 – December 23, 2002) was an American film director. He is most noted for directing such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(1969) and The Sting
The Sting
(1973), which both starred the acting duo Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Robert Redford. Other notable Hill films include: Slaughterhouse-Five, The World According to Garp, The World of Henry Orient, Hawaii, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Great Waldo Pepper, Slap Shot, Funny Farm, A Little Romance with Laurence Olivier, and The Little Drummer Girl.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Military service 3 Career

3.1 Theater 3.2 Television 3.3 Return to theatre 3.4 Film 3.5 Academy Awards and nominations

4 Filmography 5 Personal life and death 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to George Roy and Helen Frances (née Owens) Hill,[1] part of a well-to-do Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
family with interests in the newspaper business;[2] the family owned the Minneapolis Tribune.[3] Hill was no relation to George W. Hill, director and cinematographer of numerous silent movies and early sound films in the 1920s and early 1930s. He was educated at The Blake School, one of Minnesota's most prestigious private schools,[2] and at Yale University, class of 1943. He had a love of flying. After school, he liked to visit the airport and his hobby was to memorize the records of World War I
World War I
flying aces.[1] He idolized U.S. pilot Speed Holman[4] who, Hill once explained, "used to make his approach to the spectators at state fairs flying past the grandstand upside down."[1] Hill obtained his pilot’s licence at the age of 16.[3] Airplanes featured prominently in his later films and are frequently crashed as well — in Slaughterhouse-Five, The World According to Garp and especially The Great Waldo Pepper
The Great Waldo Pepper
which showed the influence on Hill of pilots like Speed Holman.[citation needed] Hill loved classical music, especially Bach[3] and as an undergraduate at Yale University
Yale University
studied music under notable composer Paul Hindemith, graduating in 1943.[2] His film The World of Henry Orient contains a humorous spoof-like tease of Hindemith during the piano concerto scene of Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) in performance. While at Yale, Hill was a member of the Scroll & Key Society and of The Spizzwinks(?) and The Whiffenpoofs, America's oldest collegiate a cappella singing group. Military service[edit] During World War II, Hill served in the United States
United States
Marine Corps as a cargo pilot in the South Pacific.[2] The outbreak of the Korean War resulted in his recall to active duty service for 18 months as a night fighter pilot, emerging with the rank of major.[2] He was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
jet flight-training center in North Carolina.[1] Career[edit] After the war, Hill worked as a newspaper reporter in Texas, then took advantage of the GI Bill
GI Bill
to do graduate work at Trinity College, Dublin on James Joyce's use of music in Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.[2] Some sources say he graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
in literature.[5] Other sources say his thesis was never completed because he became sidetracked by the Irish theatre,[2] making his stage debut as a walk-on part in 1947[1][6][7] as an actor at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin[3] with Cyril Cusack's company in a production of George Bernard Shaw's The Devil's Disciple.[2] He had a leading role in Raven of Wicklow by Bridget G. MacCarthy in the same theater in February 1948.[8][9] Theater[edit] On his return to the U.S., Hill acted Off Broadway and toured with Margaret Webster's Shakespeare Repertory Company. He appeared on Broadway in Richard II and August Strindberg's The Creditors (with Bea Arthur). In 1952, he featured in a supporting role in the Hollywood movie Walk East on Beacon,[2] but was then recalled to military service.[1] Television[edit] Hill used his Korean War
Korean War
experience as the basis for a TV drama, "My Brother's Keeper", which appeared on Kraft Television
Television
Theater, with Hill himself in the cast. During his military service at Cherry Point, he had had to be 'talked down' by a ground controller at Atlanta airport, an incident that led to his writing the screenplay. The episode was performed and transmitted live in 1953.[3] After his demobilisation, he joined the company as a writer, later becoming a director of various Kraft episodes.[2] He won an Emmy
Emmy
for writing and directing a TV version of A Night to Remember, the story of the sinking of the Titanic.[3] Return to theatre[edit] After service and time in television, Hill returned to Broadway in 1957 as director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Look Homeward, Angel and Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment.[2] Film[edit] Hill filmed the Williams play as a Hollywood
Hollywood
movie in 1962, then Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic in 1963. The 1964 Peter Sellers movie The World of Henry Orient
The World of Henry Orient
raised Hill's profile in Hollywood, but his 1966 blockbuster Hawaii was a setback. Reportedly, when budget estimates reached $14 million, the producers attempted to replace Hill with Arthur Hiller; but abandoned the idea after hundreds of native Polynesians in the cast went on strike, declaring: "We can and will perform only for our friend, Monsieur Hill."[2] Hill rebuilt his Hollywood
Hollywood
reputation with the Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
movie Thoroughly Modern Millie, then Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
and, after Slaughterhouse-Five, The Sting. Both Butch Cassidy and The Sting starred Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Robert Redford. Butch Cassidy won four Academy Awards; The Sting
The Sting
won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.[3] The success of those two films meant that, for a time, Hill was the sole director in history to have made two of the top 10 moneymaking films.[1] Hill disliked tardiness on set. Paul Newman
Paul Newman
said of his time (as Cassidy) on Butch Cassidy: "If you weren’t on time, he’d take you up in his airplane. Scare the bejesus out of us."[10] Hill's later films included The World According to Garp, The Great Waldo Pepper, Slap Shot, A Little Romance, Funny Farm and The Little Drummer Girl.[citation needed] Academy Awards and nominations[edit]

1974 - Won - Best Director - The Sting 1970 - Nominated Best Director - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Filmography[edit] Director

Year Film Oscar Nominations Oscar Wins BAFTA Nominations BAFTA Wins Golden Globe Nominations Golden Globe Wins

1962 Period of Adjustment 1

2

1963 Toys in the Attic 1

2

1964 The World of Henry Orient

1

1966 Hawaii 7

3 2

1967 Thoroughly Modern Millie 7 1

5 1

1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 7 4 10 9 4 1

1972 Slaughterhouse-Five

1

1973 The Sting 10 7

1

1975 The Great Waldo Pepper

1977 Slap Shot

1979 A Little Romance 2 1

2

1982 The World According to Garp 2

1984 The Little Drummer Girl

1988 Funny Farm

Total 37 13 10 9 21 4

Producer

The Great Waldo Pepper
The Great Waldo Pepper
(1975): Producer The World According to Garp (1982): Producer

Writer

The Great Waldo Pepper
The Great Waldo Pepper
(1975): Story A Little Romance
A Little Romance
(1979): Dialogue (uncredited)

Actor

Walk East on Beacon!
Walk East on Beacon!
(1952): Nicholas Wilben The World According to Garp (1982): Pilot (uncredited)

Personal life and death[edit] In the Margaret Webster
Margaret Webster
theatre company, Hill met Louisa Horton, whom he married on April 7, 1951. They later divorced. Hill was survived by Horton, their two sons, including George Roy Hill III and John Hill, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren.[5] After his second return to civilian life, Hill bought an open-cockpit Waco biplane built in 1930, which he retained until about ten years before his death.[1] Hill died on December 27, 2002 at his home[11] in New York City
New York City
from complications of Parkinson's disease, one week after his 81st birthday.[3] References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h Van Gelder, Lawrence (December 28, 2002). "New York Times, December 28, 2002". The New York Times. Retrieved May 3, 2010.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Haldenby, Andrew (December 30, 2002). "Daily Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London, UK. Retrieved May 3, 2010.  ^ a b c d e f g h Hurst, Greg (December 30, 2002). "The Times, London". Retrieved May 3, 2010.  ^ The New York Times misspelled this name as "Homan" in their December 28, 2002 edition but corrected it to "Holman" on December 31, 2002 ^ a b "'Sting' Director George Roy Hill Dies". CBS News. December 27, 2002.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-07-30.  ^ March 11, 1947, The Irish Press, pg. 6 ^ February 23, 1948, The Irish Press, pg. 5 ^ B.G. MacCarthy, 'Raven of Wicklow: an historical play in five scenes', in Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review (December 1946), pp. 481-512 ^ Hurst, Greg (July 27, 2006). "Interview". Retrieved May 3, 2010.  ^ "Notice of death of George Roy Hill". The New Zealand Herald. December 30, 2002. 

External links[edit]

George Roy Hill on IMDb George Roy Hill at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
The George Roy Hill Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Films directed by George Roy Hill

Period of Adjustment (1962) Toys in the Attic (1963) The World of Henry Orient
The World of Henry Orient
(1964) Hawaii (1966) Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thoroughly Modern Millie
(1967) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(1969) Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) The Sting
The Sting
(1973) The Great Waldo Pepper
The Great Waldo Pepper
(1975) Slap Shot (1977) A Little Romance
A Little Romance
(1979) The World According to Garp (1982) The Little Drummer Girl
The Little Drummer Girl
(1984) Funny Farm (1988)

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Academy Award for Best Director

1927–1950

Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1927) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1928) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1929) Lewis Milestone
Lewis Milestone
(1930) Norman Taurog
Norman Taurog
(1931) Frank Borzage
Frank Borzage
(1932) Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
(1933) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1934) John Ford
John Ford
(1935) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1936) Leo McCarey (1937) Frank Capra
Frank Capra
(1938) Victor Fleming
Victor Fleming
(1939) John Ford
John Ford
(1940) John Ford
John Ford
(1941) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1942) Michael Curtiz
Michael Curtiz
(1943) Leo McCarey (1944) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1945) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1946) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1947) John Huston
John Huston
(1948) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950)

1951–1975

George Stevens
George Stevens
(1951) John Ford
John Ford
(1952) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1953) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1954) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1955) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1956) David Lean
David Lean
(1957) Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli
(1958) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1959) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
and Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1961) David Lean
David Lean
(1962) Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
(1963) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1964) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1965) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1966) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1967) Carol Reed
Carol Reed
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1970) William Friedkin
William Friedkin
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) George Roy Hill (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1975)

1976–2000

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Sydney Pollack
Sydney Pollack
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1987) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1994) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000)

2001–present

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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BAFTA Award for Best Direction

Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) George Roy Hill (1970) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1971) Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse
(1972) François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(1973) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(1974) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(1975) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1978) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1979) Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(1980) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) Bill Forsyth
Bill Forsyth
(1983) Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
(1984) no award (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1987) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1988) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(1989) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(1990) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(1991) Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Mike Newell (1994) Michael Radford
Michael Radford
(1995) Joel Coen (1996) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(1997) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2001) Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2002) Peter Weir
Peter Weir
(2003) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film

1948–1975

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1948) Robert Rossen
Robert Rossen
(1949) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(1950) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1951) John Ford
John Ford
(1952) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1953) Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(1954) Delbert Mann
Delbert Mann
(1955) George Stevens
George Stevens
(1956) David Lean
David Lean
(1957) Vincente Minnelli
Vincente Minnelli
(1958) William Wyler
William Wyler
(1959) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960) Jerome Robbins
Jerome Robbins
and Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1961) David Lean
David Lean
(1962) Tony Richardson
Tony Richardson
(1963) George Cukor
George Cukor
(1964) Robert Wise
Robert Wise
(1965) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1966) Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1967) Anthony Harvey (1968) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1969) Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
(1970) William Friedkin
William Friedkin
(1971) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1972) George Roy Hill (1973) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
(1974) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1975)

1976–2000

John G. Avildsen
John G. Avildsen
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1977) Michael Cimino
Michael Cimino
(1978) Robert Benton (1979) Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1981) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1982) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
(1983) Miloš Forman
Miloš Forman
(1984) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1985) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1986) Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(1987) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1988) Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone
(1989) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(1990) Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme
(1991) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1992) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1993) Robert Zemeckis
Robert Zemeckis
(1994) Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1998) Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
(1999) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2000)

2001–present

Ron Howard
Ron Howard
(2001) Rob Marshall
Rob Marshall
(2002) Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper
(2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(2012) Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2014) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
(2016) Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2017)

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