John Irvin (born 7 May 1940) is an English film director. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he began his career by directing a number of documentaries and television works, including the BBC adaptation of John le Carré's . He made several Hollywood action films in the 1980s including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1980), The Dogs of War (1986), and Raw Deal (1987) and continued film-making into his seventies. Hamburger Hill
Irvin directed his first films in the 1960s, such as
(1963), Gala Day Carousella (1965), the made-for-TV movie (1966), East of Howard (1967), and Bedtime Mafia No! (1967). In the 1970s, Irvin directed exclusively for television, including drama episodes and made-for-TV movies. In the mid-1970s, he made Possessions (1974) and Haunted: The Ferryman (1974), and the pilot for (1974) and seven episodes over 1975. In 1977, he directed an episode for The Nearly Man and did the adaptation of ITV Playhouse Charles Dickens's series. Hard Times
In the 1980s, Irvin made
(1980), starring The Dogs of War Christopher Walken. The film is about a mercenary team that attack an African country. After that, Irvin made the horror film (1981), the adaptation of Ghost Story Peter Straub's novel. Irvin's other films from the 1980s include (1983), starring Champions John Hurt and (1985), a romantic-comedy film based on the novel of the same name. It starred Turtle Diary Glenda Jackson and Ben Kingsley. The story tells of a lonely man and woman from London who help a couple of turtles escape from a zoo. Soon afterwards, Irvin made (1986), an Raw Deal action film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger about an FBI agent who extracts a bloody revenge against a Mafia organization. After that, Irvin's next film was the Vietnam War story (1987), about a violent Hamburger Hill close-quarters battle in which US soldiers attacked a well-fortified North Vietnamese Army position. Irvin then directed (1989), an action film starring Next of Kin Patrick Swayze about a police officer who starts a clan feud against a Mafia family to exact revenge for his brother's death.
In the 1990s, Irvin directed
(1990), starring Eminent Domain Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer. After that, he made (1991), which starred Robin Hood Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman. Irvin's other films from the 1990s include (1993), Freefall (1994), Widows' Peak (1995), A Month by the Lake (1996), Crazy Horse (1996), City of Industry (1998) and When Trumpets Fade (1999). Noah's Ark
In the 2000s, Irvin directed
(2000), which starred Shiner Michael Caine. The story tells about a boxing promoter searching for his son's killer. Irvin then directed (2001), an action film starring The Fourth Angel Jeremy Irons and Forest Whitaker. Irvin's other films from the 2000s include (2003), The Boys from County Clare (2004), Dot.Kill (2005) and The Fine Art of Love: Mine Ha-Ha (2007). Irvin released The Moon and the Stars (2008), starring The Garden of Eden Mena Suvari and Jack Huston.
Irvin appears as himself in the documentary feature
(2014), talking about his colleague, screenwriter The Writer with No Hands Gary DeVore.
Irvin's next film is
, story of Mandela's Gun Nelson Mandela's experience as a guerrilla freedom fighter. The film is set for release in 2014.
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