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John D. Hancock

John D. Hancock

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Born: February 12, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: Director ...
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Grew up in LaPorte County, Indiana
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As an adolescent, was an accomplished violinist and later concertmaster of the Chicago Youth Orchestra
1962:
Served as artistic director of the New Repertory Theater in NYC
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Was artistic director of San Francisco Actors Workshop
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Served as artistic director at the Pittsburgh Playhouse
1970:
With a grant from the American Film Institute, produced, directed and co-authored first short film, "Sticky My Fingers . . . Fleet My Feet"; received Oscar nomination for Best Live Action Short Subject
1971:
Directed first feature, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death"
1973:
Sustained credible melodrama of a dying baseball player and his pal in second feature directorial effort, "Bang the Drum Slowly"
1976:
Brought Norman Rockwell's America to life in "Baby Blue Marine"
1979:
Helmed revisionist beach party movie "California Dreaming"
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Directed episodes of series TV during the 1980s and 1990s, including "Hill Street Blues" and "The Twilight Zone"
1987:
Produced, directed and co-wrote (with wife Dorothy Tristan) "Weeds", an odd, original mix of comedy and drama based on Rick Cluchey's real-life experience with the San Quentin Drama Group
1989:
Directed feature film "Prancer"
1998:
Opened own film production company, FILMACRES,in LaPorte, Indiana
1999:
Produced and directed feature film "A Piece of Eden"
2001:
Directed Suspense thriller feature film "Suspended Animation"

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