Oliver Stone

American film director and screenwriter Oliver Stone

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.
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Oliver Stone responds to ‘Midnight’ review, plus more readers’ letters
LATimes - 7 months
Oliver Stone’s ‘Midnight’ conversations Kenneth Turan’s review of “Midnight Return” [“Telling the Rest of Billy Hayes’ Story,” July 21] blames the filmmakers for supposed mendacity. As the original writer [of “Midnight Express”], I made it quite clear to Sally Sussman, the director-producer of...
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How Putin Seduced Oliver Stone — and Trump
NYTimes - 8 months
“The Putin Interviews” on Showtime tell us a lot about what would make someone admire Russia’s autocratic president so much....
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Did Putin show Oliver Stone a fake video? Director may have been fooled by Russian president
Fox News - 8 months
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Did Putin show Oliver Stone a fake video?
Fox News - 8 months
Russian president fools director?
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Oliver Stone says 'we have demonized Russia'
CNN - 8 months
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Sneak peek: Tucker's interview with Oliver Stone
Fox News - 8 months
Preview: Tucker interviews Oliver Stone
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Oliver Stone, Golden State Warriors, Calvin Harris, Despacito, Frozen, Megyn Kelly: HOT LINKS - Towleroad
Google News - 9 months
Towleroad Oliver Stone, Golden State Warriors, Calvin Harris, Despacito, Frozen, Megyn Kelly: HOT LINKS Towleroad OLIVER STONE. He spent two years interviewing Vladimir Putin and last night got a grilling from Stephen Colbert. vladimir putin 39 STATES. Russian incursion into U.S. electoral system more widespread than previously known: “In Illinois, investigators ... Oliver Stone Spent Two Years Interviewing Vladimir PutinYouTube The Putin Interviews - Official Series Site | SHOWTIMEShowtime all 210 news articles »
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Oliver Stone on interviewing Vladimir Putin: "Why should he lie?"
CBS News - 9 months
Filmmaker, who was granted extensive access to the Russian president, questions intel agencies' assessment of Russian hacking of U.S. election
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Oliver Stone’s ‘Putin Interviews’: Flattery, but Little Skepticism
NYTimes - 9 months
Mr. Stone’s four-part Showtime special on the president of Russia is awkwardly solicitous, but sometimes revealing anyway.
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Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin
ABC News - 9 months
Film director Oliver Stone's conversations with Vladimir Putin air on Showtime next week, and he took a shot at NBC's Megyn Kelly for her interview with the Russian president
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Moral Injury Is Motivating Whistleblowers And Killing Our Veterans
Huffington Post - 9 months
Whistleblowers, Moral Injury, and Endless War Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me. “There is a significant portion of me that doesn’t believe it should be allowed to go away, that this pain is fair.” If America accepts the idea of fighting endless wars, it will have to accept something else as well: that the costs of war are similarly endless. I’m thinking about the trillions of dollars, the million or more “enemy” dead (a striking percentage of them civilians), the tens of thousands of American combat casualties, those 20 veteran suicides each day, and the diminished lives of those who survive all of that. There’s that pain, carried by an unknown number of women and men, that won’t disappear, ever, and that goes by the label “moral injury.” The Lasting Pain of War When I started Hooper’s War, a novel about the end of World War II in the Pacific, I had in mind just that pain. I was thinking ― couldn’...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    In September 2016, Stone said he was voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein for President.
    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.
  • 2015
    Age 68
    In 2015, he was presented with an honorific award at the Sitges Film Festival.
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  • 2014
    Age 67
    In December 2014, Stone made statements supporting the Russian government's narrative on Ukraine, portraying the 2014 Ukrainian revolution as a CIA plot and former Ukrainian president (who was ousted as a result of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution) Viktor Yanukovych, whose responsibility for the killing of protesters is claimed by the new Ukrainian government, as a legitimate president forced to leave Ukraine by "well-armed, neo-Nazi radicals."
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    At the end of 2014 according to a Facebook post Stone said he had been in Moscow to interview (former Ukrainian president) Viktor Yanukovych, for a "new English language documentary produced by Ukrainians".
    On March 5, 2014, Stone and teleSUR premiered the documentary film Mi Amigo Hugo (My Friend Hugo), a documentary about Venezuela's late President, Hugo Chávez, one year after his death.
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    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 66
    In June 2013, Stone and numerous other celebrities appeared in a video showing support for Chelsea Manning.
    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."
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  • 2012
    Age 65
    In August 2012, he penned a New York Times op-ed with filmmaker Michael Moore on the importance of WikiLeaks and free speech.
    Oliver Stone is a vocal supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Stone signed a petition in support of Assange's bid for political asylum in June 2012.
    In 2012, Stone endorsed Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for President.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 62
    In 2009, Stone completed a feature-length documentary, South of the Border about the rise of progressive, leftist governments in Latin America, featuring seven presidents: Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, Bolivia's Evo Morales, Ecuador's Rafael Correa, Cuba's Raúl Castro, the Kirchners of Argentina, Brazil's Lula da Silva, and Paraguay's Fernando Lugo (all of whom hold negative views of US manipulations in South America).
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  • 2008
    Age 61
    According to Newsmeat and Entertainment Weekly respectively, Stone voted for Barack Obama as U.S. president in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, instead of John McCain and Mitt Romney, the GOP candidates for the presidency.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 58
    In August 2005, Stone pleaded no contest and was fined $100.
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    He was arrested again on the night of May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles for possession of an undisclosed illegal drug.
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  • 2003
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 52
    In 1999, Stone was arrested and pleaded guilty to alcohol and drug charges.
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  • 1997
    Age 50
    In 1997, Stone was one of 34 celebrities to sign an open letter to then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, published as a newspaper advertisement in the International Herald Tribune, which protested against the treatment of Scientologists in Germany and compared it to the Nazis' oppression of Jews in the 1930s.
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    In 1997, Stone published A Child's Night Dream (St. Martin's Press), a semiautobiographical novel first written in 1966–1967.
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    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 48
    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.
  • 1994
    Age 47
    You better not go get popcorn. 1994 saw the release of Stone's satire of the modern media, Natural Born Killers.
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  • 1991
    Age 44
    In 1991, Stone showed JFK to Congress on Capitol Hill, which helped lead to passage of the Assassination Materials Disclosure Act of 1992.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    In 1986, Stone directed two films back to back: the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful Salvador, shot largely in Mexico, and his long in development Vietnam project Platoon, shot in the Philippines.
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    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1979
    Age 32
    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).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 24
    Stone has been married three times, first to Najwa Sarkis on May 22, 1971. They divorced in 1977.
    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).
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 20
    From September 16, 1967 to April 1968, he served in Vietnam with 2nd Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Infantry Division and was twice wounded in action.
    In April 1967, Stone enlisted in the United States Army and requested combat duty in Vietnam.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 19
    Afterwards, he worked as a wiper on a United States Merchant Marine ship in 1966, traveling to Oregon.
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  • 1965
    Age 18
    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.
  • 1964
    Age 17
    Stone graduated from The Hill School in 1964.
  • 1963
    Age 16
    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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on September 15, 1946.
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