Renny Harlin

Finnish Film Director and Film Producer
Born Mar 15, 1959

Renny Harlin is a Finnish-American film director and producer. He is best known for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Die Hard 2 (1990), Cliffhanger (1993), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and Deep Blue Sea (1999). Harlin is ranked among the top-grossing directors, with his movies having produced a combined U.S.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on March 15, 1959.


1982 23 Years Old Later, he worked as a buyer for a Finnish film distributor and met Finnish Markus Selin in Los Angeles in 1982. … Read More
1988 29 Years Old In the same year, 1988, he got a job from New Line Cinema to direct A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) after meeting producer Robert Shaye, who at the first didn't want Harlin to direct the film. … Read More


1992 33 Years Old The film won Best Feature at the 1992 Independent Spirit Awards and earned its star and Harlin's then-partner Laura Dern a Best Actress Oscar nomination at the 1992 Academy Awards. … Read More
1995 36 Years Old Harlin's career suffered a blow with the pirate adventure film Cutthroat Island in 1995. … Read More


2001 42 Years Old Harlin wanted to direct a movie based on Formula Ones, but unable to secure the rights he instead produced the film Driven in 2001, based on the American Champ Car series. … Read More
2005 46 Years Old Harlin's next project after Driven was to be a movie adaptation of the Ray Bradbury short story A Sound of Thunder, but Harlin left the project after a disagreement with Bradbury. Although the director was changed, Harlin was credited as a producer when the finished film was released in 2005.
2006 47 Years Old In 2006, Harlin collaborated with Markus Selin to direct a biopic of the Finnish President and Marshall of Finland Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, but budget constraints put the project on hold. … Read More
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In 2007 the Mannerheim film project resumed temporarily and Harlin returned to Finland. … Read More


2011 52 Years Old In 2011 it was reported that he was planning a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight.
2012 53 Years Old In April 2012, it was announced that Harlin would direct Devil's Pass set in Russia’s Ural Mountains. … Read More
2013 54 Years Old On February 4, 2013, it was announced that Harlin would direct The Legend of Hercules, which opened in theatres on January 10, 2014.
2014 55 Years Old On May 19, 2014, Harlin was set to direct the action comedy film Skiptrace, with Jackie Chan set to star along with Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing. … Read More
2015 56 Years Old Harlin's movies have earned $525,185,816 in the United States and $1,026,226,045 in the worldwide aggregate box office as of September 2015, making him the 120th highest-grossing director in the global film market. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old In June 2016, it was announced Harlin will directed Legend of the Ancient Sword at Alibaba Pictures, based on a Chinese role-playing video game.
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