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Taylor Edwin Hackford (born December 31, 1944) is an American film director, and the former president of the Directors Guild of America.


Hackford was born in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Mary (nA(C)e Taylor), a waitress, and Joseph Hackford. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1968, where he was a pre-law major focusing on international relations and economics. After graduating, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where he started using Super 8 film in his spare time. He decided that he did not want to pursue a career in law, and instead got a mailroom position at KCET-TV.
Richard Gere balked at shooting the ending of Hackford's movie An Officer and a Gentleman, where his character arrives at his lover's factory wearing his Navy dress whites and carries her off from the factory floor. Gere thought the ending would not work because it was too sentimental. Hackford was initially inclined to agree with Gere until during a rehearsal the extras playing the workers began to cheer and cry. When Gere saw the scene later with the music underneath it at the right tempo, he said it sent chills up the back of his neck. Gere is now convinced Hackford made the right decision. Hackford kept Lou Gossett Jr. in separate living quarters from the other actors during An Officer and a Gentleman so he could intimidate them more during his scenes as a drill instructor.
About his film, The Idolmaker, Hackford stated: "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." The Idolmaker starred Ray Sharkey. A Golden Globe for Best Actor was awarded to Sharkey for his portrayal of "Vinnie" in the film. The Music Supervisor was Richard Flanzer. Hackford stated about his movie Ray: "My proudest mo

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Taylor Hackford To Helm Anthony Mackie As Young Johnnie Cochran In Signal Hill Scandal Pic

The script is by David McMillan. Mackie and Jason Spire will produce with Robbie Brenner, Kevin McKeon and Jeff Kwatinetz. Hackford will also be producer. McMillan is exec producer and the hope is to ...
Posted: September 7, 2017, 4:47 pm

Cheryl Cole & Helen Mirren Meet With Prince Charles at the Prince's Trust Dinner in London!

Director and producer Taylor Hackford was also in attendance at the reception. The dinner was to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Trust’s partnership with L’Oreal Paris and their “All Worth I...
Posted: February 9, 2018, 11:13 am

Jamie Foxx, Anthony Mackie fire up "Signal Hill" for "Ray" director Taylor Hackford

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jamie Foxx will reunite with his Ray director Taylor Hackford for the drama Signal Hill, according to Deadline. This will be the first time the pair have worked together since the bio...
Posted: October 25, 2017, 8:18 am
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