George Roy Hill


George Roy Hill (December 20, 1921 – December 27, 2002) was an American film director. He began his filmmaking career in television, directing for such anthology series Lux Video Theatre (1950-1959), Kraft Theatre (1947-1958), The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956-1957), and Playhouse 90 (1956-1961). He made his feature film debut with Period of Adjustment (1962), with Anthony Franciosa, Jane Fonda, Jim Hutton, and Lois Nettleton, and John McGiver. His most noted films include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), both starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. For The Sting he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

His other films in the 60s include Toys in the Attic (1963), with Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Gene Tierney, and Wendy Hiller; The World of Henry Orient (1964), with Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Angela Lansbury, Tippy Walker, Merrie Spaeth, Phyllis Thaxter, Bibi Osterwald, and Tom Bosley; Hawaii (1966), with Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Jocelyne LaGarde, and Carroll O’Connor; and Thoroughly Modern Mille (1967), with Andrews, Mary Tyler Moore, James Fox, John Gavin, Carol Channing, and Beatrice Lilli.

Films in the 70s Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), with Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, and Valerie Perrine; The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), with Redford, Margot Kidder, Bo Svenson, Edward Herrmann, and Susan Sarandon; Slap Shot (1977), with Newman, A Little Romance (1979), with Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard, Arthur Hill, and Sally Kellerman.

Films in the 80s include The World According to Garp (1982), with Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, and John Lithgow; The Little Drummer Girl (1984), with Diane Keaton, Yorgo Voyagis, Klaus Kinski, and Thorley Walters; and Funny Farm (1988), with Chevy Chase and Madolyn Smith. According to one obituary “few directors achieved such fame and success… even fewer enjoyed such eminence for such a short period of time.”

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(*seen originally in theaters)

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  • Period of Adjustment (1962)
  • Toys in the Attic (1963)
  • The World of Henry Orient (1964)
  • Hawaii (1966)
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
  • The Sting (1973)
  • The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
  • Slap Shot (1977)
  • A Little Romance (1979)
  • The World According to Garp (1982)
  • The Little Drummer Girl (1984)
  • Funny Farm (1988)