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.
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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.
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.
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.
— Helen Mirren Archives (@mirrenarchives) October 19, 2019
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.