Born: 15 September 1946
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as: Controversial director of JFK and Natural Born Killers
Oliver Stone is a successful screenwriter, producer and film director whose work during the 1980s and '90s was consistently controversial. Stone, a veteran of the Vietnam War, began as a screenwriter in the late 1970s, with credits that included Midnight Express (1978), Conan the Barbarian (1982, the movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star) and Scarface (1983, with Al Pacino). He won an Oscar as best director for his semi-autobiographical film about the ground war in Vietnam, Platoon (1986, starring Willem Dafoe), and within a decade had made a string of successful and controversial films. His more controversial films include JFK (1991) and Nixon (1995), historical dramas about Presidents John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon (1995) that earned Stone a reputation as a historical revisionist and paranoid conspiracy theorist. His other films include Natural Born Killers (1994, starring Woody Harrelson), Any Given Sunday (1999, starring Al Pacino), Alexander (2004, starringColin Farrell), W (2008, starring Josh Brolin as President George W. Bush) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010, starring Shia LaBeouf).
Extra credit: Stone won another Best Director Oscar for Born on the Fourth of July (1989, starring Tom Cruise)... An infantry specialist in Vietnam, Stone was decorated with a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
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