Hiller, Arthur 1923–

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Hiller, Arthur 1923–

(Alan Smithee)


Born November 22, 1923, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; son of Harry and Rose (maiden name, Garfin) Hiller; married Gwen Pechet, February 14, 1948; children: Henryk, Erica (a producer). Education: University of Toronto, B.A., 1947, M.A., psychology, 1950; attended the University of British Columbia, 1948, and the University of Alberta.


Office—Golden Quill, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 702, Los Angeles, CA 90048-2431. Agent—David Gersh, The Gersh Agency, 232 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Director, producer, and actor. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), director of radio productions, beginning 1949; director of television public service broadcasts, 1953-55; Golden Quill (production company), Los Angeles, CA, founder; American Film Institute, chair of Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies; Library of Congress, member of National Film Preservation Board; HUMANITAS Prize, board member. Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, regional board member; Commission on Soviet Jewry, board member. Military service: Royal Canadian Air Force, flying officer, 1942-45.


Directors Guild of America (president, 1989-93), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (member of the board of governors; president, 1993-97).

Awards, Honors:

Canadian Radio awards, 1951 and 1952; Radio and Television awards, Institute for Education, Ohio University, 1952 and 1953; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in drama, 1962, for various episodes of Naked City; honorary fellow, Victoria College, Glasgow, Scotland, 1967; Golden Globe Award, best motion picture direc- tor, New York Foreign Critics Award and Academy Award nomination, both best director, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in motion pictures, all 1971, for Love Story; honorary doctor laureate, Imperial Order of Constantine of Brussels, 1972; Silver Berlin Bear, special jury prize, OCIC Award recommendation, and nomination for Golden Berlin Bear, all Berlin International Film Festival, 1972, and Yugoslav Film Festival Award, 1974, all for The Hospital; honorary L.H.D., London Institute of Applied Research, 1973; named an Officer of the Order of Canada, 1975; named to the Walkway of Stars, Country Music Hall of Fame, 1984; Honorary Life Member Award, Directors Guild of America, 1993; named a Commander of the Order of Canada, 1995; honorary D.F.A., University of Victoria, 1995; honorary LL.D., University of Toronto, 1995; Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award, Directors Guild of America, 1999; Lifetime Achievement awards, Santa Clarita International Film Festival and Bearfest—Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, both 2001; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2002; named to Canada's Walk of Fame, 2002; Lifetime Achievement Award, Ojai Film Festival, 2005; named to the Alberta 100, a list of influential people from the Canadian province of Alberta, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2005; Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada; decorated commander, International Order of Sursam Corda.


Film Director:

The Careless Years, United Artists, 1957.

This Rugged Land, Screen Gems, 1962.

Miracle of the White Stallions (also known as The Flight of the White Stallions), Buena Vista, 1963.

The Wheeler Dealers (also known as Separate Beds), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963.

The Americanization of Emily (also known as Emily), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.

(Uncredited) Eye of the Devil (also known as 13), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.

Penelope, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966.

Promise Her Anything, Paramount, 1966.

Tobruk, Universal, 1966.

The Tiger Makes Out, Columbia, 1967.

Popi, United Artists, 1969.

Confrontation (short film), 1970.

Love Story, Paramount, 1970.

The Out-of-Towners, Paramount, 1970.

The Hospital, United Artists, 1971.

Plaza Suite, Paramount, 1971.

Action sequences, Raid on Rommel, Universal, 1971.

Man of La Mancha (musical; also known as L'uomo della Mancha), United Artists, 1972.

(With Edward Rissien) The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (also known as Vrooder's Hooch), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

The Man in the Glass Booth, American Film Theatre, 1975.

Silver Streak, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976.

W. C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976.

(With William Sackheim) The In-Laws, Warner Bros., 1979.

Nightwing, Columbia, 1979.

Author! Author!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Making Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

Romantic Comedy, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1983.

The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984.

Teachers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984.

Outrageous Fortune, Buena Vista, 1987.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, TriStar, 1989.

Married to It, Orion, 1991.

Taking Care of Business (also known as Filofax), Buena Vista, 1991.

The Babe, Universal, 1992.

Carpool, Warner Bros., 1996.

(As Alan Smithee) An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (also known as An Alan Smithee Film and Burn Hollywood Burn), Buena Vista, 1997.

Pucked (also known as National Lampoon's "Pucked," National Lampoon's "The Trouble with Frank," Pre Approved, and The Trouble with Frank), National Lampoon Productions, 2006.

Film Producer:

Man of La Mancha (musical; also known as L'uomo della Mancha), United Artists, 1972.

The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (also known as Vrooder's Hooch), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974.

The In-Laws, Warner Bros., 1979.

The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984.

Film Work; Other:

Funding, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (documentary), 1998.

Film Appearances:

Himself, Action on the Beach (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964.

Bar patron, Beverly Hills Cop III, Paramount, 1994.

Himself, Wild Bill, Hollywood Maverick: The Life and Times of William A. Wellman (documentary), Turner Pictures, 1996.

(Uncredited) Himself, I Think I Cannes (also known as All Access), BuyIndies.com, 1997.

Himself, Pitch, The Asylum, 1997.

Reverend Phillips, Merchants of Venus (also known as A Dirty Little Business), Amazing Movies, 1998.

Evangelist, Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, 2000, Northern Arts Entertainment, 2001.

Mr. Prappas, Speakeasy, Miramax, 2002.

Himself, A-List, Mooky's Mob Productions/Infin Entertainment/Irena Belle Films, 2005.

Himself, Reel Guerrillas (short film), Television 101, 2005.

Himself, Holes in My Shoes (documentary), Hot Wachs Productions, 2006.

Television Director; Episodic:

Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956-58 (multiple episodes).

"Badge of Honor," Zane Grey Theater (also known as Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" and The Westerners), CBS, 1957.

"The Bitter Land," Zane Grey Theater (also known as Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" and The Westerners), CBS, 1957.

"Novel Appeal," Telephone Time, ABC, 1957.

Goodyear Theatre (also known as Award Theatre and Golden Years of Television), NBC, 1957.

"The Case of the Desperate Daughter," Perry Mason, CBS, 1958.

"Debut," Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (also known as Desilu Playhouse), CBS, 1958.

"The Eye of Truth," Suspicion, NBC, 1958.

"No Answer," Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (also known as Herald Playhouse, The Playhouse, and Schlitz Playhouse), CBS, 1958.

"The Vestris," Telephone Time, ABC, 1958.

"The Voice in the Night," Suspicion, NBC, 1958.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, multiple episodes, CBS, 1958-60, NBC, 1960-61.

"Back-Seat Driver," The Detectives (also known as The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor, The Detectives, Starring Robert Taylor, and Robert Taylor's "Detectives"), ABC, 1959.

"The Case of the Bartered Bikini," Perry Mason, CBS, 1959.

"The Jasper Cato Story," Wagon Train (also known as Major Adams, Trail Master), NBC, 1959.

The Third Man, syndicated, 1959 (multiple episodes).

Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1959-60 (multiple episodes).

"The Case of the Ominous Outcast," Perry Mason, CBS, 1960.

"Child's Play," Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's "Thriller"), NBC, 1960.

"Rose's Last Summer," Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's "Thriller"), NBC, 1960.

"The Twisted Image," Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's "Thriller"), NBC, 1960.

Route 66, CBS, 1960-62 (multiple episodes).

"Murder Is a Face I Know," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"Ooftus Goofus," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"The Runaways," Bus Stop, ABC, 1961.

"Somebody's Waiting," The Dick Powell Show (also known as The Dick Powell Theatre), NBC, 1961.

"Success Story," Bus Stop, ABC, 1961.

"A Wednesday Night Story," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"Which Is Joseph Creeley?," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"Among Others, a Girl Named Abilene," Ben Casey, ABC, 1962.

"The Blind Goddess," Target: The Corruptors, ABC, 1962.

"The Day the Empire Stood Still," Empire (also known as Big G and Redigo), NBC, 1962.

"Fortress of Despair," Target: The Corruptors, ABC, 1962.

"Imagine a Long Bright Corridor," Ben Casey, ABC, 1962.

"A Pleasant Thing for the Eyes," Ben Casey, ABC, 1962.

"A Small Matter of Being Fired," I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, ABC, 1962.

"The Circus Never Came to Town," The Greatest Show on Earth, ABC, 1963.

"The Addams Family Goes to School," The Addams Family, ABC, 1964.

Also directed episodes of other programs, including The Barbara Stanwyck Show, NBC; Climax!, CBS; Insight, syndicated; Matinee Theatre, NBC; The Rifleman, ABC; and Steve Canyon, NBC. Director of programs for CBC.

Television Director; Pilots:

Inside Danny Baker, ABC, c. 1964.

Starr, First Baseman, CBS, 1965.

Television Work; Other:

Technical adviser, The Third Man, syndicated, 1959-60.

Television Appearances: Movies:

First scientist, Roswell (also known as Incident at Roswell and Roswell: The U.F.O. Cover-Up), Showtime, 1994.

Judge, The Land of the Free, HBO, 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Frank Capra's American Dream, 1997.

(Uncredited) Himself, Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film, American Movie Classics, 2002.

(Uncredited) Himself, Who Is Alan Smithee?, American Movie Classics, 2002.

Himself, Radio Worth Fighting For, Bravo, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 66th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1994.

The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995.

The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996.

The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002.

Himself, The Alberta 100: A Centennial Countdown, CBC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, "Richard Pryor: Comic on the Edge," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Richard Pryor), Arts and Entertainment, 1996.

Himself, "The Films of Arthur Hiller," The Directors, Encore, c. 1999.

Himself, "The O'Neals," The E! True Hollywood Story (also known as The O'Neals: The E! True Hollywood Story and THS), E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Stage Director:

Blithe Spirit, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, 1953.



Himself, Jackie Chan: My Story, 1998.



Cult Movies, issue 29, 1999, p. 44.

Entertainment Weekly, May 23, 1997, p. 10.

Los Angeles Times, August 19, 1984, p. C22.

National Catholic Reporter, December 18, 1992, p. 5.

Variety, August 16, 1993, p. 13.