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Hal Ashby

1929 - 1988

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William Hal Ashby (September 2, 1929 – December 27, 1988) was an American film director and editor associated with the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. Before his career as a director Ashby edited films for Norman Jewison, notably The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), which earned Ashby an Oscar nomination for Best Editing, and In the Heat of the Night (1967), which earned him his only Oscar for the same category. Ashby received a third Oscar nomination, this time for Best Director for Coming Home (1978). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hal Ashby has received more than 851,585 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Hal Ashby is the 489th most popular film director (down from 475th in 2019), the 3,136th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,050th in 2019) and the 127th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Hal Ashby ranks 489 out of 1,581Before him are Asghar Farhadi, Walter Ruttmann, Václav Vorlíček, Lindsay Anderson, Elio Petri, and Seijun Suzuki. After him are David Byrne, Olivier Assayas, Adam McKay, Walter Frentz, Richard Lester, and Ernst Marischka.

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Among people born in 1929, Hal Ashby ranks 173Before him are Fred Sinowatz, Aleksandar Petrović, Lee Hazlewood, Josef Suk, Elio Petri, and Camilo Torres Restrepo. After him are Arnold Palmer, Gaston Glock, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, James Hong, Andre Gunder Frank, and Rafael Eitan. Among people deceased in 1988, Hal Ashby ranks 82Before him are Françoise Dolto, Edgar Faure, Divine, Anne Ramsey, Bluma Zeigarnik, and Raymond Williams. After him are Viktors Arājs, Mikha'il Na'ima, Seán MacBride, Fritz Heider, Charles Addams, and Hillel Slovak.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hal Ashby ranks 3,136 out of 18,182Before him are Dick Dale (1937), Robert Gates (1943), Howlin' Wolf (1910), Jonathan Frakes (1952), Brent Spiner (1949), and Rensis Likert (1903). After him are Jackie Stallone (1921), Arnold Palmer (1929), Mos Def (1973), Sheryl Crow (1962), Leslie Lamport (1941), and Clara Barton (1821).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Hal Ashby ranks 127Before him are Alfred Lunt (1892), Aaron Russo (1943), Clarence Brown (1890), John Lasseter (1957), John Hughes (1950), and John Waters (1946). After him are Adam McKay (1968), Richard Lester (1932), Abel Ferrara (1951), Martin Ritt (1914), Taylor Hackford (1944), and Chuck Lorre (1952).