Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939 in Kingston, New York, died January 6, 2022 in Los Angeles) - American director, film producer, screenwriter, actor, film critic and writer.
He was born to a family of Serbian immigrants fleeing from Europe to America from Nazism. Father, Borislav Bogdanovich, was a painter and pianist, and mother, Herma (née Robinson), came from a wealthy family of Austrian Jews. He had an older brother, who died in an accident in 1938, when he was 18 months old after a pot of boiling soup fell on him, though Bogdanovich only found out about his brother at the age of seven and did not know the circumstances of his death until he was an adult. His parents came to the US in May 1939 on visas for visitors, along with his mother's immediate family, at the beginning of World War II. In 1957 he graduated from the New York Independent Boys Collegiate School and studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory.
In the years 1956–1958 he performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival. He directed and produced off-Broadway productions: The Big Knife (1959), Camino Real Tennessee Williams (1961), Ten Little Indians (Ten Little Indians, 1961), Rocket to the Moon (1961) and Once in a Lifetime (1964). As a cinema lover and passionate reader of the influential French magazine "Cahiers du Cinéma", in 1961 he made himself known as a film critic in "Esquire" and "The New York Times".
In 1964 he moved to Hollywood. Two years later, he was the second director of the sensational film The Wild Angels (1966) directed by Roger Corman, the master of low-budget "B-class cinema," with Peter Fonda.
In 1968, under the pseudonym Derek Thomas, he directed his first science fiction film Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women with Mamie Van Doren, produced by Roger Corman. Later, he directed, writer and producer of the crime thriller Żywe Shields (Targets, 1968) starring Boris Karloff, operated by László Kovács.
The third film turned out to be the best of his career. The last screening of 1971, a nostalgic picture of provincial America, heralding the end of a world of departing values, was nominated for an Oscar in eight categories (including for Bogdanovich as director), and awards were won by Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson for supporting roles. Cybill Shepherd made her film debut, followed by Jeff Bridges and Randy Quaid in their first major roles.
Another famous film by Bogdanovich is The Mask from 1985 - the true story of a sensitive boy Rocky Dennis suffering from a rare disease of the facial bones (the so-called lion disease) - played by Eric Stoltz - and his extraordinary mother (for this role Cher was awarded the main actress award at the Festival in Cannes). The film won an Oscar in a not very prestigious category - make-up, Cher and Stoltz were nominated for the Golden Globe Awards, and Bogdanovich was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Bogdanovich's other films did not arouse such enthusiasm, although the comedies Paper Moon from the times of the Great Depression with the Oscar-winning role of 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal, playing alongside her father Ryan O'Neal and Nickelodeon about the beginnings of the film industry - with the same a couple of actors, and Daisy Miller, an adaptation of Henry James's classic novel.
Bogdanovich is also the author of the highly regarded biography of the great director Orson Welles, with whom he was friends, as well as of Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Howard Hawks and Fritz Lang.
Bogdanovich could be seen as a psychiatrist Dr. Kupferberg in the series The Sopranos. He also guest starred in himself in Episode 22 of America Series 5