Oliver Stone

  • Birth Name: William Oliver Stone
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • His father, Louis, who became a successful New York stockbroker, met his mother, Jacqueline, while he was serving as an aide on Gen. Eisenhower's staff in post-war Paris.
  • At 5, began writing plays for his French cousins to perform; at 7, composed stories for which his father paid him 25 cents each; and by 9, started writing a book about his family.
  • Dropped out of college after one year at Yale, where he was briefly a contemporary of George W. Bush and John Kerry.
  • Taught English at a school in Saigon before the Vietnam War.
  • Enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam from 1967 to '68, earning a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze Star.
  • Studied under Martin Scorsese at NYU.
  • In 1997, published, to mixed reviews, a semi-autobiographical novel, A Child's Night Dream, which he had begun writing in 1966.
  • Appears as himself in son Sean's feature directorial debut, Graystone, a horror film about a group of filmmakers who break into an abandoned asylum.
  • In 2011, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival; he dedicated it to legendary publicist and Savannah native Bobby Zarem.

Awards

  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 1991, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1989, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1992, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1979, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1978, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): Winner
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1979, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, The International Film Festival CAMERIMAGE — Bronze Frog: Winner
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 1987, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Winner
  • 1987, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Director: Winner
  • 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2011, Taormina Film Fest — Taormina Arte Award: Winner
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1994, Venice Film Festival — Special Grand Prize of the Jury: Winner
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2017, Writers Guild Awards — The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement: Winner
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1990, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1986, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1990, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1988, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Achievement in Direction: Winner

Relationships

  • Louis Stone — Father
  • Tara Chong Stone — Daughter
  • Sean Stone — Son
  • Chong Son Chong — Significant Other
  • Najwa Stone — Ex-wife
  • Elizabeth Cox — Ex-wife
  • Jacqueline Goddet — Mother
  • Michael Jack Stone — Son

College

  • Attended Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Film, 1971)
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