Oliver Stone

Film Director and Screenwriter
Born Sep 15, 1946

William Oliver Stone is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came into public attention in the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. He won further attention—and controversy—with the films JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Many of Stone's films focus on contemporary American political and cultural issues.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on September 15, 1946.


1963 16 Years Old During this same period, Stone directed one of his most ambitious, controversial and successful films to date JFK, that depicts the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
1964 17 Years Old …  Stone graduated from The Hill School in 1964.
1965 18 Years Old Stone was admitted into Yale University, but left in June 1965 at age 18 to teach high school students English for six months in Saigon at the Free Pacific Institute in South Vietnam.
1966 19 Years Old Afterwards, he worked as a wiper on a United States Merchant Marine ship in 1966, traveling to Oregon. … Read More


1967 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1967, Stone enlisted in the United States Army and requested combat duty in Vietnam.
1968 21 Years Old He was then transferred to the First Cavalry Division participating in long range patrols before being transferred again to drive for a motorized infantry unit of the division until November 1968. … Read More
1971 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Stone graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film in 1971, where his teachers included director Martin Scorsese (the same year, he had a small acting role in comedy The Battle of Love's Return). … Read More


1979 32 Years Old In 1979, Stone won his first Academy Award, after adapting true-life prison story Midnight Express into a hit film for British director Alan Parker (the two would later collaborate on a 1996 movie of stage musical Evita). … Read More
1981 34 Years Old He then married Elizabeth Burkit Cox, an assistant in film production, on June 7, 1981. They had two sons, Sean Stone/Ali (b. 1984) and Michael Jack (b. 1991). Sean appeared in some of his father's films while a child. Oliver and Elizabeth divorced in 1993. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Stone wrote further features, including Brian De Palma's drug lord tale Scarface and Year of the Dragon with Mickey Rourke, before his career took off as a writer-director in 1986. … Read More


1991 44 Years Old In 1991, Stone showed JFK to Congress on Capitol Hill, which helped lead to passage of the Assassination Materials Disclosure Act of 1992. … Read More
1994 47 Years Old You better not go get popcorn. 1994 saw the release of Stone's satire of the modern media, Natural Born Killers. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old Stone went on to direct the 1995 Richard Nixon biopic Nixon, which was nominated for Oscars for script and Anthony Hopkins' portrait of the title role.


Stone followed Nixon with the 1997 road movie/film noir, U Turn, and 1999's Any Given Sunday, a film about power struggles within and without an American football team. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old In 1999, Stone was arrested and pleaded guilty to alcohol and drug charges. … Read More
2003 56 Years Old Shortly after the strike, Stone went on to write and direct the George W. Bush biopic W., that chronicles the controversial President's childhood, relationship with his father, struggles with his alcoholism, rediscovery of his Christian faith, and continues the rest of his life up until the 2003 invasion of Iraq. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old 1 More Event
He was arrested again on the night of May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles for possession of an undisclosed illegal drug. … Read More


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2010 63 Years Old In an interview with The Times newspaper on July 25, 2010, Stone claimed that America does not know "the full story" on Iran and complained about Jewish "domination" in parts of the U.S. media and foreign policy, notably his view that Adolf Hitler was misunderstood due to Jewish control of the media. … Read More
In 2012, Stone endorsed Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for President.
2013 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Stone visited Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2013 and commented, "I don't think most people in the US realize how important WikiLeaks is and why Julian's case needs support." … Read More
In 2014, Stone announced that his Martin Luther King project, which he had worked on for three years, was aborted by the producing studios, Warner Bros and DreamWorks, following the objection of King's estate to his screenplay, which deals with King's adultery. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old In 2015, he was presented with an honorific award at the Sitges Film Festival. … Read More
2016 69 Years Old 1 More Event
He said that Paul is "the only one of anybody who's saying anything intelligent about the future of the world." then later: "I supported Ron Paul in the Republican primary... but his domestic policy... made no sense!" In March 2016, Stone wrote on the Huffington Post his support for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
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