John Milius

Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 04/11/1944 (78) | St. Louis, Missouri (United States of America (USA))
John Frederick Milius (born April 11, 1944) is an American screenwriter, film director, and producer. He was a writer for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as screenwriter of Apocalypse Now (1979), and wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion (1975), Conan the Barbarian (1982), and Red Dawn (1984). He later served as the co-creator of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning television series Rome (2005–2007). ()
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John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as screenwriter of Apocalypse Now, and wrote and directed The Wind and the Lion, Conan the Barbarian and Red Dawn.He wrote a number of iconic film lines such as "Charlie don't surf" and "I love the smell of napalm in the morning," from Apocalypse Now, and the famous Dirty Harry one-liners delivered by Clint Eastwood, including "Go ahead, make my day" and "Ask yourself one question, 'do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?". Milius also wrote the USS Indianapolis monologue in the film Jaws; the sequence performed by Robert Shaw. After his work on Rough Riders (1997), Milius became an instrumental force in lobbying Congress to award President Theodore Roosevelt the Medal of Honor (posthumously), for acts of conspicuous gallantry while in combat on San Juan Hill. Milius made two films featuring Roosevelt: The Wind and the Lion (where he was played by Brian Keith) and the made-for-TV film Rough Riders (where Tom Berenger took the role).The character of John Milner from the 1973 George Lucas film American Graffiti was inspired by Milius, who was a good friend of Lucas while they were at USC film school. Likewise, the character Walter Sobchak in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, made by his friends the Coen Brothers, was partly based on Milius. The novella "Blind Jozef Pronek and Dead Souls" by Aleksandar Hemon features an episode with Milius, who is described as "sitting at a desk sucking on a cigar as long as a walking stick."In 2013 a documentary about his life, titled Milius, was released.Writer Nat Segaloff called Milius:"The best writer of the so-called USC Mafia, a tight-knit group that resuscitated—some say homogenised American cinema in the 1970s... Raised on Ford, Hawks, Lean and Kurosawa, shaped by filmmakers as disparate as Fellini and Delmer Daves, Milius favours history books over comic books, character over special effects, and heroes with roots in reality, time, place and customs. Milius' stories reflect his own deeply held ethic, which embraces the values of tradition, adventure, spiritualism, honour and an intense loyalty to friends... Although he privately chafes at his public image as a gun-toting, liberal baiting provocateur, he allows himself to be painted as such, at times even holding the brush. He plays the Hollywood game like a pro, yet sticks to his own rules; he is a romantic filmmaker who avoids love scenes; his movies contain violence, yet no death in them is without meaning."Milius himself once said:"Never compromise excellence. To write for someone else is the biggest mistake that any writer makes. You should be your biggest competitor, your biggest critic, your biggest fan, because you don’t know what anybody else thinks. How arrogant it is to assume that you know the market, that you know what’s popular today [...] Write what you want to see. Because if you don’t, you’re not going to have any true passion in it, and it’s not going to be done with any true artistry.".

Most frequent genres for this person: Documentaries | Drama | Action

Known for these Movies & Shows

Awards & Nominations for John Milius

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
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Movies with John Milius as Actor(32)

as Himself - Director2019 Sword-and-Sandal
as himself2013 Milius
as himself2004 Riding Giants
as Self - Filmmaker2003 The Wages of Sin
as Self - Filmmaker2003 An Opera of Violence
as Self - Filmmaker2003 Something to Do with Death
as Himself - Director2002 Iron and Beyond
as Self - Screenwriter2001 Dirty Harry: The Original
as himself1997 In the Teeth of Jaws
as himself1995 Shotgun Freeway
as Cop (uncredited)1975 Crazy Mama
as himself1975 The Lion Roars Again

Movies with John Milius as Crew(34)

Crew/Thanks2015 The Lotus Gun
Directing/Director1994 Motorcycle Gang
Writing/Screenplay1994 Clear and Present Danger
Writing/Screenplay1993 Geronimo: An American Legend
Directing/Director1991 Flight of the Intruder
Directing/Director1989 Farewell to the King
Writing/Screenplay1989 Farewell to the King
Writing/Story1987 Extreme Prejudice
Directing/Director1984 Red Dawn
Writing/Screenplay1984 Red Dawn
Production/Producer1983 Uncommon Valor
Directing/Director1982 Conan the Barbarian
Writing/Screenplay1982 Conan the Barbarian
Production/Executive Producer1980 Used Cars
Production/Executive Producer1979 1941
Writing/Story1979 1941
Production/Executive Producer1979 Hardcore
Writing/Writer1979 Apocalypse Now
Directing/Director1978 Big Wednesday
Writing/Writer1978 Big Wednesday
Directing/Director1975 The Wind and the Lion
Writing/Writer1975 The Wind and the Lion
Writing/Writer1974 Melvin Purvis G-Man
Writing/Story1974 Melvin Purvis G-Man
Writing/Screenplay1973 Magnum Force
Directing/Director1973 Marcello, I'm Bored
Directing/Director1973 Dillinger
Writing/Writer1973 Dillinger
Writing/Screenplay1972 Jeremiah Johnson
Writing/Screenplay1971 Evel Knievel
Writing/Screenplay1969 The Devil's Eight
Writing/Writer1967 The Emperor

TV Shows/Series with John Milius as Crew(7)

Writing/Writer2005 Rome
Production/Executive Producer2005 Rome
Creator/Creator2005 Rome
Directing/Director1997 Rough Riders
Writing/Writer1997 Rough Riders
Creator/Creator1997 Rough Riders
Directing/Director1985 The Twilight Zone

Full Name: John Milius
Born: Tuesday, 04/11 1944 (April) in St. Louis, Missouri (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 78 years + 354 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: University of Southern California, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Steamboat Mountain School
Children: Amanda Milius
John Milius frequently works together with these people:
Gary Leva (17x, Crew)
Terry Leonard (15x, Crew)
Clint Eastwood (10x, Actor)
Buzz Feitshans (8x, Crew)
Basil Poledouris (8x, Crew)
George Lucas (7x, Crew)
Steven Spielberg (7x, Crew)
Robert Zemeckis (7x, Crew)
Michael Apted (3x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2290, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/27/2023