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Walter Hill (born January 10, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer.
He is best known for his war films and the revival of the Western genre.
The Warriors, Hard Times, The Driver, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs.
Steve McQueen and directed by Sam Peckinpah, as well as writing the screenplay for the Jim Thompson crime drama Another 48 Hours, Red Heat, Last Man Standing, Undisputed, and Bullet to the Head.
He has also produced many episodes of television series, including Tales from the Crypt and Deadwood, as well as the Alien films. In an interview, Hill said that "every film I've made has been a Western" and that "the Western is really a stripped down moral universe," meaning "the Western is ultimately a stripped down moral universe, which is to say whatever the dramatic circumstances are, beyond the usual avenues of social control and social alleviation of the issue.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California, and was the younger of two sons. His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller; his father served at Douglas Aircraft as a supervisor on the assembly line. Hill had said that his father and grandfather were "smart, physical men who carried their heads and hands" and had "unique mechanical skills." Hill's family migrated from Tennessee and Mississippi, "one of the few Southern families who died, shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations." "I got along with both my parents really well," Hill said. "I adored them greatly."
Hill, adolescent in Southern California, was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, skipped many years of school.
Hill became a film enthusiast at an early age, and the first film he remembers seeing was Song of the South (1946). "I like adventure and westerns, but I like everything," he later described his palate as "juvenile." Musicals. I remember not liking kid movies, but I'm not sure that it's the end of the story. When he was 15 years old, his asthma had subsided, and he began to consider becoming a writer. During high school and several years as a student, he worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill, California. He operated an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter during one summer.
Hill considered being a comic book illustrator and studied art at the Universidad de las Américas, Mexico City. "Mexico was as far away as I could get without having to pay," he says.
He then transferred and majored in history at Michigan State University. He wrote well and concisely, and make your case in an elegant way, and he said during this period. Hill was drafted into the United States Army in 1964 but childhood asthma made him ineligible. This compelled him to consider what he wanted to do for a career. "You think you are going to be in the army for two years as a child." You don't have to worry about what you're doing. "This whole thing was upon me right now."Hill started working in Los Angeles with the intention of uncovering historical documentaries produced by a company associated with Encyclopdia Britannica. He started getting more scripts, writing scripts, and feeling the urge to direct.
On September 7, 1986, Hill married Hildy Gottlieb, a talent agent at International Creative Management, in New York City. Joanna and Miranda have two children.
Hill served in the mail room at Universal for a time ("Someone told me that it was a good way to meet people" after this contract to produce historical documentaries came to an end). He then enrolled in the Directors Guild of America's apprenticeship program, which allowed him to work in television as an apprentice. He worked for more than a year on shows such as Gunsmoke, Wild West, Bonanza, and Warning Shot. "I did a lot of shows for a few weeks, and they'd rotate you through," the singer says.
In 1968, Hill began as the second assistant director on The Thomas Crown Affair. He went back to work as Bullitt's uncredited second assistant director: "It was my job to set background and also to link it up with the police." We had to plan every shot so that people didn't wander out and be struck in the middle of the street and be killed.
He was the second assistant director on Woody Allen's film titled Take the Money and Run in 1969, but said he remembers doing very little other than giving out call sheets and filling out time cards. He also served as a first assistant director on a television commercial. "I didn't have a shred of interest in those fields," says assistant directing Hill. "I wanted to work and be around films." I certainly took my duties seriously, as well as all that. "I didn't see it as a long-term commitment."