Who is Taylor Hackford?
Taylor Hackford is an American film director and also the former president of the Directors Guild of America. He has directed a number of highly regarded feature films, most notably An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) and Ray (2004). Hackford won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Teenage Father (1979).
He attended the University of Southern California from where he graduated in 1968. There, he was a pre-law major focusing on international relations and economics. Hackford served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where he started using Super 8 film in his spare time after graduation. His camera was purchased for him by fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Steve Ball.
Hackford decided that he did not want to pursue a career in law, and instead got a mailroom position at KCET-TV. In 1970, he was the associate producer on the Leon Russell special “Homewood” at KCET.
How Old is Taylor Hackford?
Taylor Edwin Hackford was born on 31 December 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, the U.S. He is 77 years old as of 2021. Taylor shares his birthday with other famous people such as Alix Klineman, Andy Summers, Anthony Hopkins, Bebe Neuwirth, Ben Kingsley, Donald Trump Jr., Erich Bergen, among others.
Taylor Hackford Family
Hackford was born to Mary (née Taylor), a waitress, and Joseph Hackford.
Taylor Hackford Wife
Hackford has been married three times, he first got married to George Lowres in 1967 and they have a child together, Rio Hackford, born in 1970. The couple later divorced in 1972.
He married television director and producer, Lynne Littman in 1977 and they together have a child, Alexander Hackford, born in 1979. The couple divorced in 1987.
Helen Mirren Taylor Hackford
Since 1997, Hackford has been married to Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. The couple met when Hackford was directing her in White Nights. Their first meeting did not go well: he kept her waiting to audition for White Nights, and she was icy. “It was a strange way to meet Helen because she is a lovely person”, says Hackford, “but she didn’t hold back her fury.” The couple got married in 1997 although a young woman Mirren had vowed never to marry. They live along the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.
Taylor Hackford Children
Taylor has two sons from his previous marriages; Rio Hackford and Alexander Hackford.
Taylor Hackford Director
Hackford’s film Idolmaker starred Ray Sharkey, who was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of “Vinnie” in the film. Hackford of it, “I make films about working-class people; showbusiness is one of those things through which people can get themselves out of the lower rung of society. To me, the compelling story in The Idolmaker is the guy with a wonderful talent and a fairly strong ego has to make it happen through puppets.”
When filming An Officer and a Gentleman, he kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor.
Taylor said of his film Ray: “My proudest moments in Ray were in those ‘chitlin’ clubs. Ray Charles ended his life in concert halls, where people would go in tuxedos and quietly listen to a genius perform. But in these clubs, he had to get people up dancing. What I tried to create was a little of that energy and exuberance. The great thing about music is when you can get people on their feet.”
Hackford has also directed music videos, including “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” by Phil Collins and “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Richie. He was elected president of the Directors Guild of America on 25 July 2009. He was also re-elected to a second, two-year term as president on June 25, 2011, at the DGA’s National Biennial Convention in Los Angeles.
Taylor Hackford Bukowski
At KCET, Hackford also produced the one-hour special Bukowski (about the poet Charles Bukowski), directed by Richard Davies in 1973.
Taylor Hackford Movies | Films
- 1973 – Bukowski (as producer)
- 1978 – Teenage Father (as director)
- 1980 – The Idolmaker (as diretor)
- 1982 – An Officer and a Gentleman (as director)
- 1984 – Against All Odds (as director and producer)
- 1985 – White Nights (as director and producer)
- 1987 – La Bamba (as producer)
Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll (as director)
- 1988 – Everybody’s All-American (as director and producer)
- 1993 – Blood In, Blood Out (as director and producer)
- 1995 – Dolores Claiborne (as director and producer)
- 1996 – When We Were Kings (as producer)
- 1997 – The Devil’s Advocate (as director)
- 1999 – G: MT – Greenwich Mean Time (as producer)
- 2000 – Proof of Life (as director and producer)
- 2004 – Ray (as director and producer)
- 2010 – Love Ranch (as director and producer)
- 2013 – Parker (as director and producer)
- 2016 – The Comedian (as director and producer)
Taylor Hackford Net Worth
The film director has an estimated net worth of $30 million.