Born: 15 September 1946
Birthplace: New York City, 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).
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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