Academy Award-winning director/producer Tony Bill has been making movies for over 50 years. Among his feature directorial credits are My Bodyguard (1980), Five Corners (1987), Untamed Heart (1993), and Flyboys (2006). His production credits include The Sting (1973), Hearts of the West (1975), Taxi Driver (1976), and Going in Style (1979).
Tony started his career acting in the first films of directors Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick, and Francis Ford Coppola. Noted for his discovery and support of new talent, he commissioned and produced the first screenplays of David Ward, John Patrick Shanley, Terrence Malick, and many others.
Additionally, he has directed or produced numerous features, television films, commercials, television episodes, and the Fox Network series Pitch. He lives with his wife and filmmaking partner, producer Helen Bartlett, in Venice, California, where he founded Venice’s first production studio in 1975, and also created one of Los Angeles’s most notable restaurants, 72 Market Street.
Tony is the author of Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set (Workman Publishing, 2008), the definitive compendium and history of the language and lore of film sets. He is a commercially rated pilot and an experienced long-distance ocean-racing sailor.