Winter Park Institute

Oliver Stone

Academy award-winning director and legendary filmmaker


Oliver Stone: Conversation with Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone, Academy award-winning director and legendary filmmaker, and master of controversial subjects, will speak about his life and career and share his personal viewpoints about the state of current affairs in America and the world.

Speaker Bio

Oliver Stone has directed “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (10), “W.” (‘08), “World Trade Center” (‘06), "Alexander" ('04), “Any Given Sunday” (‘99), “U-Turn” (‘97), “Nixon” (‘95), “Natural Born Killers” (‘94), “Heaven and Earth” (‘93), “JFK” (‘91), “The Doors” (‘91), “Born On The Fourth Of July” (‘89), “Talk Radio” (‘88), “Wall Street” (‘87), “Platoon” (‘86), “Salvador” (‘86), “The Hand” (‘81) and “Seizure” (‘73).  He’s written or co-written all of the above, with the exception of “U-Turn,” “World Trade Center” and “W.”

He’s also written or co-written “Midnight Express” (‘78), “Scarface” (‘83), “Conan The Barbarian” (‘82), “Year Of The Dragon” (‘85), “Evita” (‘96), and “8 Million Ways To Die” (’86).

Stone has directed four documentaries -- “Looking for Fidel" ('04), "Comandante" ('03), "Persona Non Grata" ('03), and “South of the Border” (’09).

He’s produced or co-produced: “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (‘96), “The Joy Luck Club” (‘93), “Reversal of Fortune” (‘90), “Savior” (‘98), “Freeway” (‘96), “South Central” (‘98), “Zebrahead” (‘92), “Blue Steel” (‘90), and the ABC mini-series “Wild Palms” (‘93). An Emmy was given to him and his co-producer for the HBO film “Indictment: The McMartin Trial,” and he was nominated for the documentary “The Last Days of Kennedy and King.”

Stone has won Oscars® for directing “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “Platoon,” and for writing “Midnight Express.” He was nominated for director (“JFK”) and co-writer (“Nixon”). He’s also received three Golden Globes for directing (“Platoon,” “Born On The Fourth Of July” and “JFK”), and one for writing (“Midnight Express”).

Stone wrote a novel, published in 1997 by St. Martin’s Press, entitled A Child’s Night Dream, based on Stone’s experiences as a young man. He is also a contributor of some 200 pages of essays on movies, culture, politics and history to the book Oliver Stone’s USA, edited by Robert Brent Toplin and published by the University Press of Kansas (2000).

Stone was born in New York.  Prior to his film career, Stone worked as a schoolteacher in Vietnam, a Merchant Marine sailor, taxi driver, messenger, production assistant and sales representative.  He served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam in 1967-68.  He was wounded twice and decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor.  After returning from Vietnam he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University Film School in 1971.