Date of Birth: 1943
A native to England, Spottiswoode initially made a name for himself as an editor of British documentaries and commercials. Moving to the United States in the early 1970's, Spottiswoode edited the controversial Straw Dogs, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, The Gambler, Hard Times, and The Getaway.
Making his directorial debut with a film that became a cult classic, Terror Train, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Spottiswoode then started to amass an impressive list of films. His credits include, The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, with Robert Duvall; Under Fire, with Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman; The Best of Times, starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell; Turner and Hooch; starring Tom Hanks and Air America, starring Mel Gibson.
In 1982 Spottiswoode co-wrote the script for 48 Hrs. Although the film, starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, was extremely popular and spawned a sequel, he hasn't written another script since.
The director's television credits, which have earned him several awards and nominations, include the offbeat suspense drama The Last Innocent Man, Hiroshima and the 1993 HBO film And the Band Played On, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Made-For-Television Movie.
Following a box office disaster, Stop! Or my Mom will Shoot (1992), Spottiswoode made a risky decision to revive a dying franchise, he took the helm of the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies. Starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, the film became a blockbuster, restored the faith of Bond fans.
Spottiswoode's current projects include, the action flick The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Duvall, and The Devil's Pale Moonlit Kiss.
Formerly married to Jack Palance's daughter, Holly, the two were divorced in 1997.
Filmography:The Devil's Pale Moonlit Kiss (2000)