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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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Director Taylor Hackford says Chuck Berry was 'impossible' to work with on 1986 documentary

Taylor Hackford, who directed the documentary "Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll," chronicling two 1986 concerts celebrating Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, was surprised by how difficult the "Johnnie B. Goode" ...
Posted: March 19, 2017, 4:28 pm

Helen Mirren Recalls a Spooky Encounter on Her Wedding Night to Taylor Hackford

Dame Helen Mirren had a huge thrill on her wedding night — but not one that most newlyweds wish for! The Oscar winner, soon to be seen in the spooky horror Winchester, married director Taylor Hackford ...
Posted: January 24, 2018, 9:21 am

Taylor Hackford to Direct Signal Hill Starring Anthony Mackie

Taylor Hackford (The Comedian) is set to direct the upcoming film Signal Hill, according to Deadline. Signal Hill is the working title for the film that will star Anthony Mackie as a young Johnnie Coc...
Posted: September 7, 2017, 5:27 pm
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