John Hill (screenwriter)

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John Hill
Born John H. Hill
(1944-01-26) January 26, 1944 (age 73)[1]
United States
Occupation Tv producer, screenwriter
Years active 1974–1999
Spouse(s) Nancy Van Zandt, ?-present
Awards Emmy Award, Outstanding Drama Series, for the NBC-TV series L.A. Law (1991)

John H. Hill (born January 26, 1944) is an award-winning American screenwriter and television producer.

He got his start in Hollywood when he penned the 1976 TV movie Griffin and Phoenix, starring Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh. In 1980 his film Heartbeeps was released, starring Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters.[2] In 1988, he co-wrote LITTLE NIKITA, starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix.

He wrote the movie Quigley Down Under in 1975. It was slated to be filmed in 1980, but when star Steve McQueen became too ill with cancer, it was canceled. Clint Eastwood was approached next, but he turned it down. It was released finally in 1990, starring Tom Selleck (who had wanted to make the film for several years), Laura San Giacomo and Alan Rickman.[3]

He attained success as a writer for TV's Quantum Leap, and writer/producer of L.A. Law, for which he won an Emmy.[2]

Currently, Hill teaches in the Educational Outreach division of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada.[4][5]


  1. ^ Birth reference check via and
  2. ^ a b John Hill on IMDb
  3. ^ Persico Newhouse, Joyce J. – "'Perfect Hero' Selleck Takes Aim at Action". – Times Union. – October 18, 1990.
  4. ^ He has written 73 feature-length screenplays and now writes-directs-produces and often co-stars in his own 'micro-budget/backyard' feature films. He is also writing novels. Hogan, Jan (April 3, 2007). "Scripting success". Sumerlin view. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  5. ^ "How to make a (cheap) feature film in 2 weekends". UNLV Course Information/Status. University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Retrieved 2009-03-26.