Bennett Miller

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Bennett Altman Miller
Bennett Miller on set.jpg
Bennett Miller on the set of Capote.
Born (1966-12-30) December 30, 1966 (age 49)
New York City, U.S.
Alma mater New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Occupation Film director, Film producer
Years active 1998–present

Bennett Miller (born December 30, 1966) is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Early life[edit]

Miller was born in New York City, to a painter mother and a contractor father.[1] In his youth he knew writer Dan Futterman and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. He and Futterman were classmates at Mamaroneck High School, and all three graduated in 1984 from the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Theatre. The three would later collaborate on Capote, and several times since then.

Miller attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with Hoffman again as a classmate, but dropped out shortly before he would have graduated.[2][3]

While attending NYU, Miller was a founding member of the short-lived Bullstoi Theater Ensemble along with Hoffman and fellow actor Steven Schub. It was during this time that Miller, Hoffman and Schub made a pact that if any of them ever won an Academy Award, their entire acceptance speech would have to consist of nothing but barking.[4]


Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise. As described by Wheeler Winston Dixon, the film documented the "tough life of a tour guide on a New York City bus", and was made using handheld digital cameras. It was a "surprise hit, and opened up numerous doors for Miller." Miller turned down several offers of film projects, until he was able to get support to make the film Capote (2005) with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Truman Capote.[5]

In 2009, Miller was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct the film Moneyball after its previously-hired director, Steven Soderbergh, clashed with producers over the tone of the film. The resulting film, released in 2011, was a critical and commercial success. Miller's most recent film is Foxcatcher (2014), starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, a film he began developing in 2006.[6] The film became a critical success and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director (Miller), Best Actor (Carell), Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo), and Best Original Screenplay (E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman).[7][8]

Miller has directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener for Capote, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill for Moneyball, and Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Hoffman won an Oscar for his work in Capote.

Personal life[edit]

In a 2014 interview, Miller described himself as "a tumbleweed", saying, "I don’t have a company. I don’t have a staff. I don’t own anything -- I’ve never owned a car or an apartment."[6]

In 2014, Miller dated actress and fashion designer Ashley Olsen, who was 20 years his junior.[9]


Miller was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Capote (2005) and Foxcatcher (2014).

He won the Best Director Award (French: Prix de la mise en scène) at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Foxcatcher, which was also part of the main competition for the Palme d'Or.


Miller also directs commercials. His latest is for Quilted Northern toilet paper.[10]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1998 The Cruise Yes Yes Yes also cinematographer
2005 Capote Yes
2011 Moneyball Yes
2014 Foxcatcher Yes Yes


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