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Irwin Winkler (born May 25, 1931) is an American film producer and director. He is the producer or director of 50 major motion pictures, dating back to 1967's Double Trouble, starring Elvis Presley. The fourth film he produced, They Shoot Horses Don't They (1969), starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for eleven Academy Awards. In 1976, he won an Oscar for Best Picture for Rocky. As a producer, he has been nominated for Best Picture for three other films: Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, and Goodfellas. is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... The Right Stuff is a 1979 book (ISBN 0374250332) by Tom Wolfe, and a 1983 film adapted from the book. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 Mafia film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ...


During the 1990s he began directing his own films, which he also produced or co-produced. These include The Net, At First Sight, Life as a House and De-Lovely. The Net may refer to: The internet The Net (film), a U.S. film starring Sandra Bullock The Net 2. ... At First Sight is a 1999 American film. ... Life as a house Life as a House is a 2001 film starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Hayden Christensen. ... De-Lovely movie poster. ...

He was born in New York, New York, to father Sol Winkler and mother Anna Winkler. He received a BA from New York University in 1955, after serving in the U.S. Army. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in New York City. ...

In partnership with Robert Chartoff from the late 1960s, Irwin Winkler produced an impressive array of modern American gems, beginning with their first effort (along with Judd Bernard), John Boorman's taut thriller "Point Blank" (1967), largely ignored in its day but now regarded as a top film of the time. Adding Sydney Pollack to their production team for a one-shot-deal, they garnered critical acclaim for "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969). Their next film, "The Strawberry Statement" (1970), won the Jury Prize at Cannes but Chartoff and Winkler roared to the top with "Rocky" (1976), which earned the Academy Award as Best Picture. Subsequently, the producing duo picked up Best Picture Oscar nominations for "Raging Bull" (1980) and "The Right Stuff" (1983), their last project together before Winkler launched his solo career with the disappointing "Revolution" (1985). Robert Chartoff (b. ... Judd Bernard (b. ... John Boorman (born January 18, 1933 in Shepperton, Surrey, United Kingdom), is a British filmmaker, currently based in Ireland, best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Deliverance, Excalibur, and The General. ... Point Blank is a 1967 crime film directed by John Boorman and starring Lee Marvin, adapted from the classic pulp novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as Richard Stark. ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... They Shoot Horses, Dont They? is a 1969 film which tells the story of several contestants in a Depression-era dance marathon. ... The Strawberry Statement is a non-fiction book by James Simon Kunen, written when he was 19, which chronicled his experiences at Columbia University from 1966–1968, particularly the April 1968 protests and takeover of the office of the dean of Columbia by student protesters. ... The Jury Prize (French: Prix du Jury) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... Rocky is a 1976 film written by and starring Sylvester Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... The Right Stuff is a 1979 book (ISBN 0374250332) by Tom Wolfe, and a 1983 film adapted from the book. ... Revolution is a 1985 film, directed by Hugh Hudson, written by Robert Dillon and starring Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright, Dave King, Annie Lennox, Steven Berkoff, Graham Greene, and Robbie Coltrane. ...

Winkler produced such noteworthy features as Bertrand Tavernier's "'Round Midnight" (1986) and back-to-back Costa-Gavras films, "Betrayed" (1988) and "Music Box" (1989), before receiving another Best Picture Oscar nomination for Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" (1990). He also returned to the franchise to oversee "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Rocky V" (1990), continuing the association forged with Sylvester Stallone on the first three Chartoff-Winkler productions. Approaching the age of 60, Winkler moved into the director's chair, debuting with "Guilty by Suspicion" (1991), a drama (which he also scripted) about the Hollywood blacklist that starred Robert De Niro. His second feature, the unsuccessful 1992 remake of "Night and the City", also starred De Niro. Bertrand Tavernier (b. ... Round Midnight is a 1986 film directed by Bertrand Tavernier that tells the story of a tenor saxophone player in Paris in the 1950s who is befriended by a poor Frenchman who idolizes the musician and tries to help him to get out of his life of alcohol abuse. ... Betrayed is a 1988 film directed by Costa Gavras, written by Joe Eszterhas and starring Tom Berenger and Debra Winger. ... Music Box is a 1989 movie which tells the story of an attorney who defends her father on charges of war crimes. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 Mafia film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguys by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ... Rocky IV is the fourth and most successful movie, in terms of box office gross, of the Rocky franchise. ... Rocky V is the fifth film in the Rocky film saga. ... Sylvester Stallone (born July 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Promotional movie poster for the film Guilty by Suspicion is a 1991 film about the Hollywood blacklist and associated activities stemming from McCarthyism and the House Un-American Activities Committee. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ... Night and the City is a 1950 film based on the novel by Gerald Kersh, directed by Jules Dassin, starring Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney. ... Robert De Niro in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter Robert De Niro, Jr. ...

Winkler had better luck at the box office as writer-director of the Sandra Bullock vehicle "The Net" (1995), which spawned a series of the same name debuting on the USA Network in 1998, but got mired in syrupy sentimentality in "At First Sight" (1999) a gooey romance-drama starring Val Kilmer as a blind man whose bid to regain his sight complicates his relationship with his girlfriend (Mira Sorvino). The director delivered one of his most potent films yet with "Life as a House" (2001), a complex, emotional and frequently amusing tale featuring a depressed dying man (Kevin Kline) who funnels his energies into rebuilding the dilapidated beach shack he purchased years earlier and, in the process, building bridges between himself and his disaffected son (Hayden Christensen). Receiving a healthy dose of critical praise, Winkler re-teamed with Kline for the follow-up "De-Lovely" (2004), casting the actor as the lead in his elegant and sophisticated biopic of American composer Cole Porter centered on his unique relationship with his wife and muse (Ashley Judd). Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is an American film actress. ... The Net is a 1995 film directed by Irwin Winkler and starring Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam and Dennis Miller. ... USA Network is a popular American cable television network with about 89 million household subscribers as of 2005. ... At First Sight is a 1999 American film. ... Val Edward Kilmer[1] (born December 31, 1959) is an American actor. ... Mira Katherine Sorvino (born September 28, 1967 in Tenafly, New Jersey) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Life as a house Life as a House is a 2001 film starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Hayden Christensen. ... Kevin Delaney Kline (born October 24, 1947) is an Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... De-Lovely movie poster. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... In Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek , Mousai: perhaps from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- think[1]) are a number of goddesses or spirits who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing, traditional music and dance. ... Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968) is an American actress. ...

As his directorial career flourished, Winkler continued to produce his share of films as well, including The Shipping News (2001) and Enough (2002). The Shipping News is a 2001 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx. ... For other uses, see Enough (disambiguation). ...

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The career of producer Irwin Winkler is so involved with that of his long-time partner Robert Chartoff—in 1983 screenwriter William Goldman described them as "best friends forever, and partners for damn near as long"—that though the business relationship ended in the 1980s, it is still difficult to consider them separately.
Winkler is generally credited with negotiating the deal between UA, Scorsese, and Robert De Niro, a feat which, according to Steven Bach, involved an uncredited rewrite of the script by director and star.
Winkler learned the lessons of paranoia taught by the McCarthy era, but has so far proved incapable of extending his knowledge beyond simple didacticism.
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