|Born||John MacDonald Badham
25 August 1939
Luton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Years active||1969 – present|
John MacDonald Badham (born August 25, 1939) is an English-born American film director, best known for the films Saturday Night Fever (1977), Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983), Short Circuit (1986), Stakeout (1987), Bird on a Wire (1990) and others.
John Badham was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, the son of U.S. Army General Henry Lee Badham, Jr. and English-born actress Mary Iola Badham, née Hewitt. Badham's father, Henry Lee Badham, Jr. was a native of Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Henry Lee Badham, Sr. and Lottie Badham, née Austin. John Badham's parents and paternal grandparents are buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. Henry Lee Badham, Jr. was an aviator in both World Wars and was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. After retirement from the U.S. Air Force as a Brigadier General, Henry Lee Badham, Jr. became a businessman, and was involved with the development of the Ensley and Bessemer regions near Birmingham, Alabama. This same line of business had brought his father, Henry Lee Badham, Sr., into association with Walker Percy, grandfather of writer Walker Percy.
John Badham spent his first years in England. His family moved to the United States following World War II and settled in Mountain Brook, a suburb of Henry Lee Badham, Jr.'s native Birmingham, where John Badham was raised. He attended the Indian Springs School in Indian Springs Village and college at Yale University.
Badham worked in television for years before his breakthrough in 1977 with Saturday Night Fever. Starring John Travolta, the film is recognized as the most representational of the 1970s disco era. WarGames (1983), starring Matthew Broderick, is his other signature film, renowned for its take on popular Cold War fears of nuclear terror and holocaust as well as of amateur hacking.
In addition to his numerous film credits, Badham has also directed and produced for TV, including credits for Rod Serling's Night Gallery and the A&E television series The Beast. He has also contributed commentary to the web series Trailers From Hell.
Badham is the older brother (by 13 years) of Mary Badham, Oscar-nominated for To Kill a Mockingbird. Brother and sister worked together on one project: William Castle's 'Let's Kill Uncle'. Badham was Castle's casting director, and Mary played one of the leads. Though she's younger, all of Mary's acting credits preceded John's film/television credits by several years.
- The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
- Saturday Night Fever (1977)
- Dracula (1979)
- Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
- Blue Thunder (1983)
- WarGames (1983)
- American Flyers (1985)
- Short Circuit (1986)
- Stakeout (1987)
- Bird on a Wire (1990)
- The Hard Way (1991)
- Point of No Return (1993)
- Another Stakeout (1993)
- Drop Zone (1994)
- Nick of Time (1995)
- Incognito (1998)
- The New Doctors (also known as The Bold Ones: The New Doctors), NBC (1969)
- The Senator (also known as The Bold Ones: The Senator), NBC (1970)
- Sarge, NBC, (1971)
- The Impatient Heart, NBC (1971)
- The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes, Night Gallery (also known as Rod Serling's Night Gallery), NBC (1971)
- Camera Obscura, Night Gallery, NBC (1971)
- Green Fingers, Night Gallery, NBC (1971)
- The Girl with the Hungry Eyes, Night Gallery, NBC (1972)
- You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan, Night Gallery, NBC (1972)
- The Doll of Death, Night Gallery, NBC (1972)
- (Uncredited) No Place to Run, (1972)
- The Sixth Sense, ABC (1972)
- Isn't It Shocking?, ABC (1973)
- The Godchild, ABC (1974)
- The Gun, ABC (1974)
- Reflections of Murder, ABC (1974)
- The Law, NBC (1974)
- Sunshine, NBC (1975)
- The Keegans, CBS (1976)
- Relentless: Mind of a Killer (also known as Mood Indigo), NBC (1993)
- The Jack Bull, HBO (1999)
- The Last Debate, Showtime (2000)
- The New York Times
- "John Badham, Director (official website): Biography". Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- 'Trailers from Hell: John Badham on 'To Kill a Mockingbird'