Roger Spottiswoode

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Roger Spottiswoode
John Roger Spottiswoode

(1945-01-05) 5 January 1945 (age 74)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Canadian
  • British
OccupationFilm director
Film editor
Years active1966-present
OrganizationDirectors Guild of America
Directors Guild of Canada
Spouse(s)Holly Palance (1983-1997; divorced)
Parent(s)Raymond Spottiswoode

John Roger Spottiswoode[1] (born 5 January 1945) is a Canadian-British director, editor and writer of film and television. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s, directing such short films such as Wings of a Continent.

In the 1960s, Roger entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 1970s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah.[2]

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. Spottiswoode was a member of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Year Film Director Writer Notes
1980 Terror Train Yes
1981 The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper Yes Replaced director Buzz Kulik
1982 48 Hrs. Yes Co-written with Larry Gross, Steven E. de Souza and Walter Hill
1983 Under Fire Yes
1986 The Best of Times Yes
1987 The Last Innocent Man Yes
1988 Shoot to Kill Yes
1989 Third Degree Burn Yes
Turner & Hooch Yes
1990 Air America Yes
1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Yes
1994 Mesmer Yes
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Yes
2000 The 6th Day Yes
2003 Spinning Boris Yes
2005 Ripley Under Ground Yes
2007 Shake Hands with the Devil Yes
2008 The Children of Huang Shi Yes
2012 Beyond Right and Wrong Yes Documentary film
Co-directed with Lekha Singh
2014 Midnight Sun Yes Co-directed with Brando Quilici
2016 A Street Cat Named Bob Yes


Year Film Notes
1982 The Renegades
1993 And the Band Played On TV movie
1995 Hiroshima TV movie;
Co-directed with Koreyoshi Kurahara
1997 Murder Live! TV movie
2002 The Matthew Shepard Story
2003 Ice Bound:
A Woman's Survival at the South Pole
2018 The Beach House

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  1. ^ Spottiswoode, John Roger. "Directors Guild of Canada".
  2. ^ "All Aboard...If You Dare!: An Interview with Roger Spottiswoode".

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