James Orr (filmmaker)
|James Joseph Orr|
James Joseph Orr (born 1953) is a Canadian writer, director and producer of motion pictures. Orr's screenplay credits include Three Men and a Baby, Tough Guys and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, whilst his director credits include Mr. Destiny and Man of the House.
Born in Noranda, Quebec in 1953, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He attended the Carleton School of Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he became the editor of The Charlatan student newspaper during the 1973-1974 term. Orr then went to the undergraduate film school at York University in Toronto, and in 1977 he became the first Canadian to be accepted as a Director Fellow in the AFI Conservatory of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
From 1997 to 1998, Orr had a relationship with actress Farrah Fawcett, who had co-starred with Chevy Chase and Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Man of the House, a film that he directed and wrote the screenplay for. The relationship ended when Orr was charged with and later convicted of misdemeanor battery arising from a 1998 fight between the two. At the sentencing hearing, the judge noted that "Ms. Fawcett precipitated the violence," and gave Orr the minimum sentence allowed by law.
Since the 1980s, Orr has been an avid wine collector and has participated in several wine auctions. This interest proved useful when, in September 2010, wine critic James Suckling announced the launch of his new video-based website featuring content taped in locations across the world, created in collaboration with Orr.
Orr has also indulged his passion for cigars by writing and directing the low-budget feature Blowing Smoke, as well as making a documentary on the Fuente Family called The Fuente Family: An American Dream, and a documentary on Cuban cigars called Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba.
|Year||Film||Director||Writer||Screenplay||Producer||Executive Producer||Editor||Cinematographer||Story consultant|
|1985||Breaking All the Rules|
|1986||Witchfire||[a 1]||[a 1]|
|1987||They Still Call Me Bruce||[a 1]|
|1987||Young Harry Houdini[a 2]|
|1987||Three Men and a Baby|
|1988||14 Going on 30|
|1991||Father of the Bride|
|1993||Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit|
|1994||Love on the Run|
|1995||It Takes Two|
|1995||Father of the Bride Part II||[a 3]|
|1995||Man of the House|
|2007||Christmas in Wonderland|
|2010||The Night Before the Night Before Christmas|
|2011||My Future Boyfriend|
|2011||Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba|
|2013||Cannubi: A Vineyard Kissed by God|
|2016||A Change of Heart|
- Bailey, Bruce (June 30, 1984). "Movie-makers early birds at amusement park". Montreal Gazette. p. C-9.
- Orr, James Joseph (February 23, 1973). "Charlatan's new editor stresses freedom, competence to build credible journalism". The Charlatan. 2 (23): 3.
- Gregor, Anne; Renaud, Linda (March 20, 1988). "'Three Men' from a Boo-Boo". Washington Post.
- Jamie Rose at the Internet Movie Database
- "Fawcett's Ex-Boyfriend Gets Probation in Beating". Los Angeles Times. October 30, 1998. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
- Bennetts, Leslie (August 25, 2009). "Beautiful People, Ugly Choices". Vanity Fair.
- Goodwin, Betty, latimes.com (October 20, 1989). Wine Auction Garners Bouquets
- Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (September 16, 2010). Benedict XVI, Decanter.com, Robinson: first to taste new Suckling wine
- Drucker, Joel. "Lights, Camera, Cigars". Cigar Aficionado.
- Hart, Craig. "Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba Movie Review".
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