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Oliver Stone is a highly acclaimed and appreciated film director, who is the proud recipient of three Academy Awards and one Golden Globe award

InformationDetail
BirthdaySeptember 15, 1946
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Humanitarian, New York University, Yale University, Film & Theater Personalities, Directors, T V & Movie Producers, Writers, ENFP
SpousesSun-jung Jung (m. 1996), Elizabeth Stone (m. 1981–1993), Najwa Sarkis (m. 1971–1977)
Known asWilliam Oliver Stone
Childrens Michael Jack Stone, Sean Stone, Tara Chong Stone
Universities
  • New York University,Yale University
  • The Hill School
  • Tisch School of the Arts
  • New York University
  • Yale University
  • Trinity School
Notable Alumnis
  • New York University
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceNew York City
ReligionBuddhism
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherLouis Stone
MotherJacqueline Goddet
Net Worth$50 million as of January 5,2017
Sun SignVirgo
Born inNew York City
Famous asFilm Director, Screenwriter, Producer

// Famous Film Director

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Who is Oliver Stone?

It is very rare to find a director who is drawn more by the substance and quality of his work rather than financial benefits - Oliver Stone is one such. Stone has gained immense recognition as a director for making films on off-beat subjects like the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam War and US involvement in El Salvador. An alumnus of the New York University, Stone made his directorial debut with the horror-thriller film, ‘Seizure’. Apart from trying his hand at directing, this Academy-award winner has been seen donning the hat of a producer and screenwriter as well. Recipient of the ‘Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award’, Stone is, by far, one of the most intellectual and passionate filmmakers in the world of cinema today. Perhaps no other director of modern cinema is as artistic in his approach to films as Oliver Stone. Some of his well-known films include, ‘Salvador’, ‘Wall Street’, ‘Born on the Fourth of July’, ‘Platoon’, ‘JFK’, ‘Natural Born Killers’, ‘Heaven & Earth’ and ‘Nixon’. Interestingly, before making his presence felt in the field of cinema, Stone served as an infantry soldier with the US Army in the Vietnam War.

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Childhood & Early Life

William Oliver Stone was born on September 15, 1946 to stockbroker, Louis Stone and Jacqueline Goddet in New York City. His parents divorced in 1962, an incident that deeply affected him.

He graduated from The Hill School located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in 1964. By the time he was seventeen, he began to work at the Paris mercantile exchange in sugar and cocoa.

He then enrolled at the Yale University, from where he dropped out after his first year to take up a teaching position at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam. Serving the same for just about six months, he took up employment as a wiper with the United States Merchant Marine ship.

From September 1967 to November 1968, he served in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He was posted to combat duty in Vietnam. For his heroic efforts and bravery, he received numerous awards and medals.

Career

In 1971, he graduated from film school at the New York University. It was during this time that he had made a short twelve minute film, ‘Last Year in Viet Nam’. The documentary was well received and widely appreciated.

In 1974, he made his directorial debut with the horror-thriller film, ‘Seizure’, for which he also co-wrote the screen play. With a run time of 98 minutes, the film depicts the story of a horror writer who virtually lives his nightmare.

In 1981, he wrote and directed his next psychological horror film, ‘The Hand’. Based on Marc Brandell’s novel titled, ‘The Lizard's Tail’, the movie starred Michael Caine and Andrea Marcovicci.

In 1986, he directed the Academy Award nominated war-drama film, ‘Salvador’, which was based on the Salvadoran Civil War. The film was critically acclaimed but remained commercially unsuccessful.

Next, he came up with his Academy Award winning film, ‘Platoon’. This was his first film of his series of films depicting Vietnam War. ‘Platoon’was very well received by the critics and audiences alike. Apart from directing, he wrote the screenplay for Al Pacino's drug lord tale ‘Scarface’ and ‘Year of the Dragon’ with Mickey Rourke

In 1987, he directed the Academy Award winning film, ‘Wall Street’, which was released by 20th Century Fox. The film was very well received by critics.

Two years henceforth, he directed the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film, ‘Born on the Fourth of July’. The film was the second in the series of movies depicting Vietnam War. Based on a bestselling autobiography with the same title, the movie did exceptionally well at the box office.

In 1991, he directed the political thriller film, ‘JFK’, which was based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is his most controversial, ambitious and successful filmtill date, which went on to win two Academy Awards.

In 1993, he directed the Golden Globe winning film, ‘Heaven & Earth’, which was the third and the last film based on Vietnam War. The film was based on the memoir, ‘When Heaven and Earth Changed Places’. Unlike his other directorial ventures, the response that ‘Heaven & Earth’ met with was quite low.

In 1994, he directed the Golden Globe nominated film, ‘Natural Born Killers’. This crime action film was satirical in nature as it mocked the role of modern media in society.

In 1995, he directed the biographical film titled, ‘Nixon’, based on the life of US President Richard Nixon. The film earned four Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination.

Year 1997 witnessed the release of his film, ‘U Turn’, which was based on the book ‘Stray Dogs’ by John Ridley. The film received a series of mixed reviews from film critics.

In 2004, he made the epic historical drama film titled, ‘Alexander’, which was a failure at the American box office. The film was also criticised for factual errors.

In 2006, he directed the drama film, ‘World Trade Center’, which was based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York. The film was positively reviewed by critics.

In 2009, he made the documentary film, ‘South of the Border’, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The 102-minute documentary was well received.

In 2010, he directed the American drama film, ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, which was inspired by the 2008 financial crisis in the United States of America.

In 2012, he directed the crime thriller film, ‘Savages’, which was based on a novel of the same title. The film was an average at the box office and received mixed reviews.

Major Works

‘Platoon’ won the Directors Guild of America Award for ‘Outstanding Directing – Feature Film’. The film was also voted to be the ‘6th Greatest War Film ever made’ by Channel 4.

‘Born on the Fourth of July’ remained at the number one position at the box office for a continuous period of six weeks. The film was a grand success at the box office and earned whopping amount of $161,001,698.

Awards & Achievements

He has received three Academy Awards for his work on the films ‘Midnight Express’, ‘Platoon’, and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’.

In 1992, he was the recipient of the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Director - Motion Picture’ for ‘JFK’. Additionally, he has in his kitty Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and BAFTA Award for Best Direction

Personal Life & Legacy

He has been married three times. His spouses were Najwa Sarkis, Elizabeth Burkit Cox and the present Sun-jung Jung. With Cox he had two sons, while Jung bore him a daughter.

In 1997, he came out with his autobiographical novel titled, ‘A Child's Night Dream’.

Trivia

This acclaimed and controversial film director is known for beginning his films with quotations that are in white text and placed against a black background.

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Oliver Stone awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1990Best DirectorBorn on the Fourth of July (1989)
1987Best DirectorPlatoon (1986)
1979Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumMidnight Express (1978)

Golden Globe Awards

1992Best Director - Motion PictureJFK (1991)
1990Best Director - Motion PictureBorn on the Fourth of July (1989)
1990Best Screenplay - Motion PictureBorn on the Fourth of July (1989)
1987Best Director - Motion PicturePlatoon (1986)
1979Best Screenplay - Motion PictureMidnight Express (1978)

Primetime Emmy Awards

1995Outstanding Made for Television MovieIndictment: The McMartin Trial (1995)

BAFTA Awards

1988Best DirectionPlatoon (1986)

Oliver Stone biography timelines

  • // 15th Sep 1946 To 1962
    William Oliver Stone was born on September 15, 1946 to stockbroker, Louis Stone and Jacqueline Goddet in New York City. His parents divorced in 1962, an incident that deeply affected him.
  • // 1964
    He graduated from The Hill School located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, in 1964. By the time he was seventeen, he began to work at the Paris mercantile exchange in sugar and cocoa.
  • // Sep 1967 To Nov 1968
    From September 1967 to November 1968, he served in the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He was posted to combat duty in Vietnam. For his heroic efforts and bravery, he received numerous awards and medals.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, he graduated from film school at the New York University. It was during this time that he had made a short twelve minute film, ‘Last Year in Viet Nam’. The documentary was well received and widely appreciated.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, he made his directorial debut with the horror-thriller film, ‘Seizure’, for which he also co-wrote the screen play. With a run time of 98 minutes, the film depicts the story of a horror writer who virtually lives his nightmare.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he wrote and directed his next psychological horror film, ‘The Hand’. Based on Marc Brandell’s novel titled, ‘The Lizard's Tail’, the movie starred Michael Caine and Andrea Marcovicci.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he directed the Academy Award nominated war-drama film, ‘Salvador’, which was based on the Salvadoran Civil War. The film was critically acclaimed but remained commercially unsuccessful.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he directed the Academy Award winning film, ‘Wall Street’, which was released by 20th Century Fox. The film was very well received by critics.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he directed the political thriller film, ‘JFK’, which was based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is his most controversial, ambitious and successful filmtill date, which went on to win two Academy Awards.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he was the recipient of the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Director - Motion Picture’ for ‘JFK’. Additionally, he has in his kitty Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director and BAFTA Award for Best Direction
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he directed the Golden Globe winning film, ‘Heaven & Earth’, which was the third and the last film based on Vietnam War. The film was based on the memoir, ‘When Heaven and Earth Changed Places’. Unlike his other directorial ventures, the response that ‘Heaven & Earth’ met with was quite low.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he directed the Golden Globe nominated film, ‘Natural Born Killers’. This crime action film was satirical in nature as it mocked the role of modern media in society.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, he directed the biographical film titled, ‘Nixon’, based on the life of US President Richard Nixon. The film earned four Academy Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination.
  • // 1997
    Year 1997 witnessed the release of his film, ‘U Turn’, which was based on the book ‘Stray Dogs’ by John Ridley. The film received a series of mixed reviews from film critics.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he came out with his autobiographical novel titled, ‘A Child's Night Dream’.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he made the epic historical drama film titled, ‘Alexander’, which was a failure at the American box office. The film was also criticised for factual errors.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he directed the drama film, ‘World Trade Center’, which was based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York. The film was positively reviewed by critics.
  • // 2008 To 2010
    In 2010, he directed the American drama film, ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, which was inspired by the 2008 financial crisis in the United States of America.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he made the documentary film, ‘South of the Border’, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The 102-minute documentary was well received.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he directed the crime thriller film, ‘Savages’, which was based on a novel of the same title. The film was an average at the box office and received mixed reviews.

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Oliver Stone's FAQ

  • What is Oliver Stone birthday?

    Oliver Stone was born at 1946-09-15

  • Where is Oliver Stone's birth place?

    Oliver Stone was born in New York City

  • What is Oliver Stone nationalities?

    Oliver Stone's nationalities is American

  • Who is Oliver Stone spouses?

    Oliver Stone's spouses is Sun-jung Jung (m. 1996), Elizabeth Stone (m. 1981–1993), Najwa Sarkis (m. 1971–1977)

  • Who is Oliver Stone childrens?

    Oliver Stone's childrens is Michael Jack Stone, Sean Stone, Tara Chong Stone

  • What was Oliver Stone universities?

    Oliver Stone studied at New York University,Yale University, The Hill School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Yale University, Trinity School

  • What was Oliver Stone notable alumnis?

    Oliver Stone's notable alumnis is New York University, Yale University

  • What is Oliver Stone's religion?

    Oliver Stone's religion is Buddhism

  • How tall is Oliver Stone?

    Oliver Stone's height is 183

  • Who is Oliver Stone's father?

    Oliver Stone's father is Louis Stone

  • Who is Oliver Stone's mother?

    Oliver Stone's mother is Jacqueline Goddet

  • What is Oliver Stone's sun sign?

    Oliver Stone is Virgo

  • How famous is Oliver Stone?

    Oliver Stone is famouse as Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer