X

Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Taylor Hackford Biography

Birth Name:
Taylor Edwin Hackford
Birth Place:
Santa Barbara, California, United States
Profession
Director, producer, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • After graduating from college, spent two years in Bolivia as part of the Peace Corps
  • While filming his time in Bolivia, fell in love with the medium and gave up his desire to study law
  • Earned two local Emmys in the 1970s for his work as an investigative reporter for KCET in Los Angeles
  • Made his big-screen directorial debut in 1980 with the rock biopic The Idolmaker
  • Scored his biggest hit as a director with the 1982 romance An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Met his wife, actor Helen Mirren, on the set of his 1985 drama White Nights
  • Has become known for his documentary profiles and biopics, including the acclaimed Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) and the Oscar-winning Ray (2004)
  • Succeed Michael Apted as president of the Directors Guild of America in 2009

Awards

  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2004Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2004Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Truer Than Fiction Award: winner
  • 1982Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1978Oscar-Best Short Film, Live Action: winner

Relationships