There are few people working in the film industry today that can boast of the experience of Tony Bill. The Academy Award winner (as a producer for the 1973’s “The Sting,” which won seven Oscars, including Best Picture). As an actor, director, and producer, Bill’s career spans the dying days of Old Hollywood into the modern era of consolidated, top down filmmaking.
Bill graduated from Notre Dame in 1962, and began an acting career which would span a decade before he turned his creative talents towards producing and even directing. Even after he became a producer he continued to appear on screen periodically, last appearing in the TNT series “Leverage.” His early acting days were marked by collaborations with Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Terrence Malick.
Bill’s resume began to expand when he also tried his hand at producing, hitting gold fairly quickly with the aforementioned “The Sting,” directed by George Roy Hill and starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, when all three were at the heights of their creative powers. Bill continues to produce movies to this day, with his latest being the aging buddy heist comedy “Going in Style,” due to hit theaters in April. The movie stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin as a trio of geriatric would be bank robbers looking to exact revenge on the system while also crawling out of debt.
As a director, Bill helmed the cult favorite “My Bodyguard” as well as the 1993 Christian Slater/Marisa Tomei tear jerker “Untamed Heart.” Bill’s name also popped up on a variety of TV commercials and series throughout the years as well.
With his unique experience, Bill is also quite in demand as a lecturer as well as having served on the Motion Picture Association of America’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees among other high profile endeavors.
On this edition of the podcast, Academy Award Winning Producer Tony Bill Talks About How He Finds Scripts
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