Hal Ashby
(1929 - 1988)
Biography from Baseline

Occupation: Director
Also: Editor
Born: c.1929, Ogden, UT
Died: December 27, 1988, Malibu, CA

Ashby began his film career, thanks to the California State Department of Unemployment, as a mimeograph-machine operator at Universal Studios in 1957. He rose to become a full-fledged editor within a decade and was given his first chance to direct in 1970, when Norman Jewison was unable to carry out his assignment on The Landlord. Ashby went on to earn commercial and critical success, and gained a reputation as a gentle, amiable director who paid meticulous attention to casting.

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Director Filmography

  • The Landlord (1970)
  • Harold and Maude (1971)
  • The Last Detail (1973)
  • Shampoo (1975)
  • Bound for Glory (1976)
  • Coming Home (1978)
  • Being There (1979)
  • Second-Hand Hearts (1981)
  • Lookin' to Get Out (1982)
  • Let's Spend the Night Together (1982)
  • The Slugger's Wife (1985)
  • 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

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