Alan J. Pakula

Film Director + Producer + Screenwriter
Born Apr 7, 1928

Alan Jay Pakula was an American film director, writer and producer noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Alan J. Pakula.


1928 Birth Born on April 7, 1928.


1957 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Pakula started his Hollywood career as an assistant in the cartoon department at Warner Brothers. In 1957, he undertook his first production role for Paramount Pictures.


1962 34 Years Old In 1962, he produced To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.
1963 35 Years Old …  From October 19, 1963 until 1971, Pakula was married to actress Hope Lange.


1969 41 Years Old In 1969, he directed his first feature, The Sterile Cuckoo, starring Liza Minnelli.
1971 43 Years Old In 1971, Pakula released the first installment of what would informally come to be known as his "paranoia trilogy". … Read More
1974 46 Years Old This was followed in 1974 by The Parallax View starring Warren Beatty, a labyrinthine post-Watergate thriller involving political assassinations. … Read More
1976 48 Years Old Finally, in 1976, Pakula rounded out the "trilogy" with All the President's Men, based on the bestselling account of the Watergate scandal written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were played in the movie by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, respectively. … Read More


1982 54 Years Old Pakula scored another hit in 1982 with Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep.


1998 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Pakula died on November 19, 1998 in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville, New York. … Read More
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