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Arthur Hiller (1923 - 2016)

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Arthur Hiller (1923 - 2016)

Arthur Hiller, the director of the movie “Love Story,” died Aug. 17, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 92.

Hiller directed over 33 major films including “Plaza Suite,” “The In-Laws,” and “Silver Streak.”

The director started his career working on television shows in his native Canada. He moved to the United States and directed TV shows including “Naked City” and “Gunsmoke.” In the late 1950s, he moved on to directing movies. His first film was “The Careless Years,” which starred Dean Stockwell.


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Hiller worked on two films written by Paddy Chayevsky, “The Americanization of Emily” in 1964 and “The Hospital” in 1971. Both films were highly regarded satires. He also directed two Neil Simon screenplays, “The Out of Towners” and “Plaza Suite.”

Hiller had great success with the movie “Love Story” in 1970. The movie was a huge box-office hit and received seven Oscar nominations. Hiller also had a hit with the comedy film “Silver Streak,” which starred Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989 to 1993 and of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences from 1993 to 1997.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved friend Arthur Hiller,” said academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “I was a member of the Board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness firsthand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling.”

Hiller was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

He is survived by a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Gwen Hiller, his wife of 68 years, died in June.

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