• Taylor Hackford is an American film producer and director with a net worth of $30 million
• He graduated from the University of Southern California and worked as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Bolivia
• He has married three times and is currently married to British actress Helen Mirren
• His most notable projects include "An Officer and a Gentleman" in 1982 and "Ray" in 2004
• Helen Mirren has won multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007

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Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1944
SpouseHelen Mirren (m. 1997), Lynne Littman (m. 1977–1982)
FactMember of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2001.

Taylor Edwin Hackford was born on 31 December 1944, so he’s 74 years-old and his zodiac sign is Capricorn. He is a noted American film producer and director who also served as the chairman of the American Directors Guild. For “Teenage Father”, released in 1979, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Some of his most renowned projects include “An Officer and a Gentleman” in 1982, and “Ray” made in 2004, with the latter being nominated for the Best Director Academy Award and Best Picture Academy Award. Being successful in his field, Taylor is often under the spotlight, and people are interested to find out more about his private life, family and income, and those are the subjects we’ll cover in this article.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Taylor Hackford as of late 2019? According to authoritative sources, this producer and director has a net worth of $30 million, with his wealth being accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned fields. However, he hasn’t spoken about his assets, such as houses and vehicles, but is  able to support himself and his family financially.

Early Life and Background

Taylor was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Mary and Joseph Hackford. As of his education, in 1968 he graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was a minor pre-law student, concentrating on international relations and economics.

Having graduated, Taylor worked as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Bolivia, where in his free time he started using Super 8 cameras – Fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Steve Ball, bought him the camera as a gift.

He ultimately decided not to pursue law, but instead took a job on KCET-TV – although as he stated, he never went to film school – where he was the associate producer of the Leon Russell special “Homewood”. Working for KCET, in 1973 he produced the one-hour special about the poet Charles Bukowski. Taylor looks well put together at events he attends indicating that he puts time and effort into the way he presents himself.

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Relationship Status

Hackford has married three times. In 1967, he married Georgie Lowres, and the couple had one son, Rio Hackford, born in 1970. However, their relationship fell through and they divorced in 1972. He then married Lynne Littman in 1977 and had his second child, a son named Alexander Hackford in 1979; they remained together until 1987. In 1997, Taylor married actress Helen Mirren, whom he met while working as a director for “White Nights”. The actor jokingly stated that their first meeting didn’t go well, as he kept her waiting to audition for the mentioned project.

“It was a strange way to meet Helen, because she is a lovely person, but she didn’t hold back her fury”. The couple resides on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada side, and they seem to be living a happy and prosperous life together, which is all that really matters.

The director was a subject of a controversy in 2009, when he signed a petition in favor of Roman Polanski, asking for his release after being arrested in Switzerland in connection with his 1977 drug charge and the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford


Taylor made his debut in producing in 1971, when he worked on “Boboquivari” and shortly afterwards directed “Economic Love-In”. In 1980, he wrote “The Idolmaker”, which began his meteoric rise to fame – the movie featured Ray Sharkey, who would be rewarded with a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Vinnie in the movie. “To me, the compelling story in The Idolmaker is the guy with a wonderful talent and a fairly strong ego has to make it happen through puppets”, Hackford said about his project.

As of 1982, he directed “An Officer and a Gentleman”, a romantic drama movie with Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr. in the starring roles. For his part in the movie, Gossett received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first African American actor to achieve that. As of 1993, Taylor had another important project, producing “Blood In, Blood Out”. In 2004, he produced “Ray” – the movie which follows the life of singer Ray Charles, received critical acclaim, with most of the praise going to actor Jamie Foxx, who was presented with the Academy Award for Best Actor.

However, many believed that the film suffered from a weak script, enhanced by strong performances. In one interview in 2005, Hackford stated that he never watches his own movies, adding that once he finishes them, he puts them away and never looks at them. “Occasionally I do now, because of the DVDs and the commentary tracks. I usually put it aside and go onto the next.” His most recent projects include “Love Ranch”, “Parker”, “Company Town” and “The Comedian”. Overall, Hackford has had 25 gigs as a director, and 28 as a producer and we believe there is a lot to come for him, as he’s hardworking and dedicated despite being in the eighth decade of his life.

Wife Helen Mirren

The British actress and Hackford’s wife, Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, was born on 26 July 1945, meaning that she’s 74 years old and her zodiac sign is Leo. Mirren started her professional career in 1967, joining Royal Shakespeare Company, and is one of the few artists who have won the Triple Crown of Acting. For her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”, Helen won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, and was also rewarded with both Olivier Award for Best Actress and the Tony Award for Best Actress.

Besides that, she has received Academy Award nominations for her work in “The Madness of King George” in 1994, “Gosford Park” (2001), as well as for “The Last Station” in 2009. Mirren was rewarded with three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994, and two Emmy Awards all for her portrayal of a police detective in the British television show Prime Suspect, which aired from 1991 to 2006. With her role in the miniseries “Elizabeth I” in 2005, she won yet another Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

General Info

Full NameTaylor Hackford
Date Of BirthDecember 31, 1944
Height1.88 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Filmmaker, Film producer, Film director, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Southern California


SpouseHelen Mirren (m. 1997), Lynne Littman (m. 1977–1982)
ChildrenRio Hackford, Alexander Hackford
ParentsJoseph Hackford, Mary Hackford


AwardsAcademy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Satellite Award for Best Director, David di D...
MoviesParker, The Devil's Advocate, Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman, Love Ranch, Proof of Life, White Nights, Dolores Claiborne, Blood In Blood Out, Against All Odds, The Idolmaker, Everybody's All-American, The Comedian, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, Teenage Father, La Bamba, When We Were Kings, Mortal Thou...

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1You've got to respect the script's integrity. The changes you make should complement the project instead of fighting it... the bottom line of any film is the script.
2In terms of input, I think that when the director gets involved, the script usually changes a bit. It's written from a particular point of view, and the director's the one to visualize it, interpret what the story is up on the screen. I just think that those people who say well, the script is incidental, its all my stamp and so forth, are full of baloney.
3Russell Crowe is very difficult, but it's worth it. He's the real thing. I can tell you this. Russell Crowe was just as difficult before he was an international star as he was afterwards.
4You'd be surprised how many movie stars still care about the work.
5When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
6The director's job should give you a sense of music without drawing attention to itself.
7Well I don't think I've scored my life exclusively to Ray Charles.
8We all get paid very, very well, and we have responsibilities.
9I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
10This devil loves mankind because men are going to always make the choice that will send him into ascendancy. He's been winning the game for a long time.
11The SAS is the most elite of the special forces in the world. They are not people who go out and advertise; they keep it inside. They don't want anybody to know about them.
12Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I've worked in the music business.
13I'm not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They've got to take control; I can't act it out.
14I try to get the best performance an actor can give.
15I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
16But the process of making a film is not glamorous. Certainly not my films.
17I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that.
18I make films about working class people.
19It's much easier to work with an unknown.
20Show business is one of those things that people can use to get themselves out of the lower rung of society.
21Ray Charles, in his own way, it's like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
22Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance.
23If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.
24My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive producing credit on this film. We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
25It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
26But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you're not so talented.
27Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego.
28And it's a question of how far we're willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.
29It isn't glamorous until after the film is finished, and you are at the premiere and getting your picture on the cover of magazines.
30The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.
31It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.
32But a writer's contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that's what being a director is.
33An actor has to embody a role.


1Served in the Peace Corps.
2Has directed three actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Louis Gossett Jr., Debra Winger, and Jamie Foxx. Gossett and Foxx won Oscars for their performances.
3Met third wife Helen Mirren when he directed her in White Nights (1985).
4Was named new president of the Director's Guild in July 2009.
5Married Helen Mirren on New Year's Eve 1997, his 53rd birthday.
6Son of Mary and Joseph Hackford.
7He and his wife have houses in Los Angeles, the South of France, London and have an estate in New Orleans.
8He, his ex-wife Lynne Littman and his wife Helen Mirren are all Oscar-winners.
9Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2001.
10Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2000.
11He started as a documentary-maker for public TV in LA.
12Graduate of Santa Barbara High School.
13Stages exciting and energetic musical numbers.
14Father of actor Rio Hackford (b. 1970), with Georgie Lowres, and Alexander Hackford (b. 1979), with Lynne Littman.
15Graduated from USC School of International Relations
16Before marrying Helen Mirren in 1997, he had lived with her in Los Angeles since 1986.
17Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1968)




Bitter2018producer pre-production
The Comedian2016producer
A Place to Stand2014Documentary executive producer
Company Town2013TV Movie executive producer
Love Ranch2010producer
E-Ring2005TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles2004TV Special executive producer
Proof of Life2000producer
G:MT Greenwich Mean Time1999producer
The Devil's Advocate1997executive producer
When We Were Kings1996Documentary producer
Dolores Claiborne1995producer
The Works III1994TV Movie segment producer
Blood In, Blood Out1993producer
Defenseless1991executive producer
Sweet Talker1991executive producer
Mortal Thoughts1991executive producer
Queens Logic1991executive producer
The Long Walk Home1990executive producer
Rooftops1989executive producer
Everybody's All-American1988producer
La Bamba1987producer
White Nights1985producer
Against All Odds1984producer
Bukowski1973Documentary producer
Boboquivari1971TV Series documentary associate producer - 1 episode


Company Town2013TV Movie
Love Ranch2010
E-Ring2005TV Series 1 episode
The Lionel Richie Collection2003Video documentary video "Say You, Say Me"
Proof of Life2000
The Devil's Advocate1997
Dolores Claiborne1995
Blood In, Blood Out1993
Everybody's All-American1988
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll1987Documentary
A Tribute to Rick Nelson1986TV Movie documentary
White Nights1985
Lionel Richie: Say You, Say Me1985Video short
Against All Odds1984
Phil Collins: Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)1984Video short
An Officer and a Gentleman1982
The Idolmaker1980
Teenage Father1978Short
Economic Love-In1973TV Movie
George and Tammy2018pre-production
The Comedian2016
Dangerous Liaisons2014TV Movie


The Idolmaker1980written by - uncredited
Teenage Father1978Short writer
Bukowski1973Documentary writer


California Entertainment Weekly2005TV SeriesHollywood Film Director, Former President of the Directors Guild of America
To Grandma with Love2003ShortDirector


The Comedian2016arranger: "Siman Tov! U'Mazal Tov!" / writer: "Eddie's Home"

Assistant Director

Queens Logic1991second unit director


When We Were Kings1996Documentary


S Is for Stanley2015Documentary thanks
Hot Flash2008Documentary special thanks
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentary special thanks
Some Mother's Son1996special thanks
Bienvenido-Welcome1994special thanks


Becoming Iconic2018completedHimself
Johnnie Be GoodannouncedHimself
Untitled Geraldine Page DocumentaryDocumentary post-productionHimself
WGN Morning News2017TV SeriesHimself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Audience Member
Il mistero di Dante2014Himself
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer2013TV MovieHimself
A Cultural Celebration2013Documentary shortHimself
An Appreciation of Les Blank by Taylor Hackford2013Documentary shortHimself
Parker: Broken Necks and Bloody Knuckles2013Video shortHimself
The Origin of 'Parker'2013Video shortHimself
Who Is 'Parker'?2013Video shortHimself
Bringing the Hunter to Life: The Making of 'Parker'2013Video shortHimself
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ray Charles America2010DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Charlie Rose1997-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHimself
The View2010TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
KTLA Morning News2010TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration2010Video documentary shortHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Shootout2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director, 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll'
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Brando: An Icon Is Born2008Video documentary shortHimself
Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search for Truth2008Video documentary shortHimself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Music of 'An Officer and a Gentleman'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Director
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Budd Boetticher: An American Original2005Video documentaryHimself
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Pas de Deux: Making 'White Nights'2004Video documentary shortHimself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Score2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bukowski: Born into This2003DocumentaryHimself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentary shortHimself - Director / Producer
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
First Works1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Annual Variety Club's Big Heart Awards1986TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Cleanflix2009DocumentaryHimself - Director, Ray
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself


Won Awards

2016Capri Legend AwardCapri, Hollywood
2011Filmmaker AwardCinema Audio Society, USA
2007Robert B. Aldrich Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
2006GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual MediaRay (2004)
2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Film, DramaRay (2004)
2005Capri Legend AwardCapri, Hollywood
2005Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in DirectingSan Francisco International Film Festival
1993Best Director AwardTokyo International Film FestivalBound by Honor (1993)
1983ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USADirector of the Year
1979OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Short Film, Live ActionTeenage Father (1978)
1979CINE Golden EagleCINE CompetitionShort FilmsTeenage Father (1978)
1974CINE Golden EagleCINE CompetitionDocumentaryBukowski (1973)

Nominated Awards

2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Motion Picture of the YearRay (2004)
2005OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in DirectingRay (2004)
2005Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorRay (2004)
2005Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorRay (2004)
2005DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero)Ray (2004)
2005DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesRay (2004)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorRay (2004)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Documentary PictureWhen We Were Kings (1996)
1995Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalDolores Claiborne (1995)
1993Tokyo Grand PrixTokyo International Film FestivalBound by Honor (1993)
1983DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1980Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureThe Idolmaker (1980)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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