Arthur Hiller, the director of romance ‘Love Story’ and comedy ‘Silver Streak’ dies at 92

Arthur Hiller (November 13, 1923 – August 17, 2016) was a Canadian-American television and film director, having directed over 33 films during his 50-year career. He is best known for dramas and romantic subjects, such as Love Story (1970), which was nominated for seven Oscars. He died on august 17,2016.

Here some of his career highlights are mentioned:

Hiller began his career as a television director with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Among his other notable films were The Americanization of Emily (1964), Tobruk (1967), The Hospital (1971), The Out-of-Towners (1970), Plaza Suite (1971), The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), Silver Streak (1976), The In-Laws (1979) and Outrageous Fortune (1987).

MacGraw said in a statement Wednesday that Hiller was “an integral part of one of the most important experiences of my life.”

“He was a remarkable, gifted, generous human being and I will miss him terribly,” MacGraw said. “My heart and love go out to his family. ”

Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989 to 1993 and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1997. He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002. An annual film festival in Hiller’s honor was held from 2006 until 2009 at his alma mater, Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts.

Hiller directed his first film, The Careless Years (1957), the story of young couple eloping. This was followed by This Rugged Land (1962), originally made for television but then released as a film, and then Miracle of the White Stallions (1963), a Disney film. He next directed a satirical anti-war comedy by screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, The Americanization of Emily (1964), starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.

Hiller once explained his choice of scripts, saying, “I prefer them with good moral values, which comes from my parents and my upbringing. … Even in my smaller, lesser films, at least there’s an affirmation of the human spirit.”

He received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony in recognition of his humanitarian, charitable and philanthropic efforts. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws in 1995. Writer and producer William Froug said that “Hiller is that rare and hugely successful gentleman who has remained humble all his life.”

He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, where his parents operated a Yiddish school and theater. In 1948, he married Gwen Pechet, who was also Jewish; they had two children and two grandchildren. His wife died on June 24, 2016. Hiller died in Los Angeles on August 17, 2016 at the age of 92.

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