Film director Screenwriter

Tim Hunter

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican television and film director
Is Film director
Screenwriter
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Gendermale
Birth 15 June 1947, Los Angeles
Age73 years
Star signGemini
Family
Father:Ian McLellan Hunter

Biography

Tim Hunter (June 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is an American television and film director. Since the late 1980s he has mostly worked on television, directing episodes for dozens of televisions series including
Breaking Bad, Carnivàle, Chicago Hope, Crossing Jordan, Deadwood, Falcon Crest, Homicide: Life on the Street, House M.D., Law & Order, Lie to Me, Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Glee, Revenge, Pretty Little Liars and American Horror Story. During the early to mid-1980s, Hunter directed several feature films, including 1986’s River’s Edge, which won that year’s award for Best Picture at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Critical reception

Janet Maslin made the following comments about Hunter’s work on the films River’s Edge and Tex:

As he demonstrated in Tex, Mr. Hunter has an extraordinarily clear understanding of teen-age characters, especially those who must find their own paths without much parental supervision. But the S. E. Hinton story for that film is a great deal more innocent than this one, and a lot more easily understood. While Mr. Hunter retains his ear for adolescent dialogue (the screenplay is by Neal Jimenez) and his eye for the aimless, restless behavior of these characters, neither he nor we can easily make the necessary leap to understand their casualness about Samson’s crime. That Mr. Hunter is brave enough to avoid easy moralizing and easy explanations finally makes his film harder to fathom.
  • Maslin, Janet (May 8, 1987). “Critic’s Pick: River’s Edge“. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 

Personal life

Hunter was born in Los Angeles, the son of British screenwriter Ian McLellan Hunter. He attended Harvard University, graduating in 1968.

In 1993, he refused to cede his late father’s Academy Award for the 1953 screenplay to Roman Holiday. Hunter’s father had received credit for writing Roman Holiday following an arrangement with the true writer, Dalton Trumbo, who was prevented from selling his work due to the Hollywood blacklist. Subsequently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave Trumbo’s widow a compensatory award.

Filmography

  • Over the Edge (1979) (co-writer)
  • Tex (1982)
  • Sylvester (1985)
  • River’s Edge (1986)
  • Paint It Black (1989)
  • Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
  • Lies of the Twins (1991 TV movie)
  • The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
  • The Colony (1996 TV movie)
  • The People Next Door (1996 TV movie)
  • The Maker (1997)
  • Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples (1998 TV movie)
  • Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families (1998 TV movie)
  • Mean Streak (1999)
  • Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001)
  • Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story (2002)
  • The Failures (2003)
  • Control (2004)
  • Kings of South Beach (2007)
  • American Horror Story (2011)
  • Revenge (2011 – 2012)
  • Pretty Little Liars (2012)
  • Underground (TV series) (2016)