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Oliver Stone Biography

Birth Name:
William Oliver Stone
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Director, writer, producer, actor

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

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

Relationships

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