Eastwood, through his Malpaso Productions, directed his first film, "Play Misty For Me," in 1971. Since then he has also directed "High Plains Drifter," "Breezy," "The Eiger Sanction," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "The Gauntlet," "Bronco Billy," "Firefox," "Honkeytonk Man," "Sudden Impact," "Pale Rider," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Bird," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power" and "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil."
Eastwood produced "Firefox," "Honkytonk Man," "Sudden Impact," "Pale Rider," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Bird," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Unforgiven," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power" and "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil."
Long acknowledged for his visual sense, his pacing, and the production value he brings to a film as director, Eastwood has also appeared in every film he has produced and directed, save "Breezy," "Bird" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Eastwood's diverse abilities have brought him international stature, box-office success and numerous Motion Picture Academy Awards and nominations. His revisionist Western, "Unforgiven," was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematographer, Best Production Design, and Best Editor, and won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Editor (Joel Cox). Eastwood's "Bird" won a Best Sound Oscar (and a Best Director Golden Globe), while his adaptation of "The Bridges of Madison County" earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress nomination.
In 1995 Eastwood was given one of the most highly regarded awards in the motion picture industry, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, for his accomplishments in film as an actor, director, and producer.
Pre-eminent as an independent producer and former studio executive, Zanuck has earned numerous awards and citations for his achievements in his more than 30 years of filmmaking. He is a recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which was bestowed upon him and long-time associate David Brown in 1991. This particular Thalberg Award makes Zanuck the only second-generation recipient ever, in company with his father, Darryl F. Zanuck.
In 1989, Richard Zanuck, along with Lili Fini Zanuck, took home an Oscar as producers of the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, "Driving Miss Daisy." The film also earned them a Golden Globe Award, The National Board of Review Award and "Producer of the Year" honors from the Producer's Guild of America. "Driving Miss Daisy" set another industry precedent-- making Richard and Darryl Zanuck the only father and son in motion-picture history to both win Best Picture Oscars.
Zanuck began his career as a story and production assistant on two Twentieth Century Fox Films, "Island In The Sun" and "The Sun Also Rises." At age 24, he became a full-fledged producer with the feature film "Compulsion." He followed that with "Sanctuary," based on the William Faulkner novel, and with "The Chapman Report," directed by George Cukor.
At 28, Zanuck was named President of Production of Twentieth Century Fox and became the youngest corporate head in Hollywood annals. During his eight years at Fox's helm, he helped the studio earn an unprecedented 159 Oscar nominations. Three of Fox's films, "The Sound of Music," "Patton" and "The French Connection," went on to win Best Picture Oscars. Other successes include "The Planet of the Apes" series, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "M*A*S*H."
Zanuck subsequently moved from Fox to become Executive Vice-President at Warner Bros., where he and soon-to-be partner David Brown oversaw production of such box-office hits as "The Exorcist" and "Blazing Saddles."
With the formation of the Zanuck/Brown Co. in 1971, one of the motion picture industry's most distinguished and successful independent production entities was born. Over the ensuing decade and a half, Zanuck/Brown was responsible for such critical and box-office hits as "Jaws," a triple-Oscar winner and Best Picture nominee; "Jaws II;" "The Sugarland Express," Best Screenplay winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Stephen Spielberg's first directorial effort; "The Sting," winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture; and "The Verdict," nominated for five Academy Awards. Along with Lili Fini Zanuck, Zanuck/Brown also produced the double Oscar-winner "Cocoon" and its sequel, "Cocoon: The Return."
The debut production of The Zanuck Company, formed in 1988, was "Driving Miss Daisy." Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Subsequent Zanuck Company productions include "Rush," which represented the directorial debut of Lili Fini Zanuck, "Rich In Love," "Wild Bill" and "Mulholland Falls." Zanuck's most recent release, "Deep Impact" has grossed close to $250 million in the world marketplace.
In September, 1998, Zanuck and David Brown were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Theater Owners at ShowEast.
Lili Zanuck began her career as a research assistant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. After moving to Los Angeles in 1977, she met and married producer Richard D. Zanuck.
At the urging of David Brown, her new husband's then-partner in the Zanuck/Brown Co., she began working as a part-time researcher on a project in pre-production at the time, "The Island." Zanuck gradually became involved with the company full-time, acting as production assistant and coordinating various behind-the-scenes activities on "Neighbors" and on the multi-Oscar-nominated "The Verdict."
After two and a half years of physical production work, Zanuck began tapping new, non-mainstream sources of creative material for the company, soliciting works from never-before-produced writers and cultivating working relationships with little-known agents.
Her unconventional approach led to her discovery of "Cocoon," which she personally oversaw through every stage of development over a four-year struggle to get the film made. Co-produced by Zanuck, "Cocoon" was released in 1985 to critical and box-office acclaim and earned the Zanucks and David Brown the title of Producers of the Year by The National Association of Theater Owners. Two years later the film's successful sequel, "Cocoon: The Return," was released.
In 1988, Zanuck and her husband formed the Zanuck Company in partnership with entrepreneur Jerry Perenchio. Their new company's first endeavor, "Driving Miss Daisy," was distributed by Warner Bros., earning 9 Academy Award nominations and winning 4 Oscars, including Best Picture.
Zanuck made her directorial debut with the compelling drama "Rush" in 1992, and recently directed a segment of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." She is currently in preparation to direct an as-yet unnamed dramatic thriller starring Sylvester Stallone.
Zanuck's other feature film producing credits with Richard D. Zanuck include "Rich In Love," "Wild Bill" and "Mulholland Falls."
Rooker's association with Clint Eastwood began in 1985, during Eastwood's mayoral campaign in Carmel, California. Rooker worked closely with Eastwood and continued on with the Malpaso organization following Eastwood's election.
Rooker served as co-producer on "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil" and executive producer on "Absolute Power." He was associate producer on "The Bridges of Madison County," following posts as production assistant and assistant director on "A Perfect World," "In The Line of Fire," "Unforgiven," "The Rookie," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Pink Cadillac," "The Dead Pool" and "Bird."
Brickman produced "Deal of the Century" and "Handle With Care," and directed the 1990 feature "Men Don't Leave."
Green was instrumental in providing Clint Eastwood's "The Bridges of Madison County" with the special look of warmth and intimacy the story required, as well as photographing "A Perfect World" and the visually arresting "Unforgiven," for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
His other credits include "The Little Panda," directed by Christopher Cain for Warner Bros. and filmed in China; "Trapped In Paradise," directed by George Gallo; "The Net," directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Sandra Bullock; "Deceived"; "American Racer"; and "Like Father, Like Son."
Green's numerous films for Eastwood include "The Rookie," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "Pink Cadillac," "Bird," "The Dead Pool" and "Heartbreak Ridge." Green's relationship with Eastwood began when he worked as camera operator for the highly regarded cinematographer Bruce Surtees. His credits in that capacity include "Ratboy," "Pale Rider," "City Heat," "Tightrope," "Sudden Impact," "Honkytonk Man," "Firefox," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Risky Business."
Subsequent career highlights featured the aforementioned two Oscar-winners as well as "Topaz," "High Plains Drifter," "Slaughterhouse Five," "Warlords," "The Great Waldo Pepper," "Front Page," "Family Plot," "Slapshot," "Rollercoaster," "Same Time Next Year," "A Little Romance," "The World According to Garp," "Harry and Son," "Little Drummer Girl," "Psycho III," "Destiny," "Funny Farm," "Her Alibi," "Ghost Dad," "Almost An Angel," "Cape Fear" and "Home Alone III."
In conjunction with Eastwood's Malpaso Productions, Bumstead has worked on "Unforgiven" (for which he was again nominated for an Academy Award), "A Perfect World," "The Stars Fell On Henrietta," "Absolute Power" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Cox has spent almost his entire career at Warner Bros., most notably on Eastwood's films. The relationship began in 1976 when Cox worked as an assistant editor on "The Outlaw Josey Wales." Since then, Cox has cut 18 more films produced, directed by and/or starring Eastwood.
Cox's credits as co-editor with his mentor, noted editor Ferris Webster, include "The Enforcer," "The Gauntlet," "Every Which Way But Loose," "Escape From Alcatraz," "Bronco Billy" and "Honkytonk Man."
"Sudden Impact" was Cox's first film as sole editor, a title he held on "Tightrope," "Pale Rider" and "Heartbreak Ridge." He was supervising editor on "The Dead Pool," returning to sole editor on "Bird," "Pink Cadillac," "White Hunter, Black Heart" and "The Rookie," as well as the Oscar-winning "Unforgiven," "A Perfect World," "The Stars Fell On Henrietta," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Niehaus, who has performed and arranged music for Stan Kenton, began working in television and film as an arranger for composer Jerry Fielding.
Niehaus arranged and orchestrated "The Gauntlet," "The Enforcer," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," and "Escape From Alcatraz" for Eastwood, later moving to composer on "Tightrope." Since then his credits on Eastwood's Malpaso productions include "City Heat," "Pale Rider," "Heartbreak Ridge," "Bird," "White Hunter, Black Heart," "The Rookie," "Unforgiven," "A Perfect World," "The Bridges of Madison County," "Absolute Power" and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Among Niehaus's other film composing credits are "Follow That Bird," "Never Too Young To Die," "Dog Watch," "Ratboy" and the telefilms "Titanic," "The Child Saver," "Lush Life," starring Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker, and "No Laughing Matter." Most recently Niehaus composed the score for the video release "Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World."