Veteran actor, director and writer Peter Bogdonavich had a very accomplished life in theater. He studied acting with Stella Adler, began directing for Broadway and off-Broadway at the age of 20, and directed movies for Hollywood stars such Barbra Streisand, Ryan O' Neill and Audrey Hepburn. He has written for the Museum of Modern Art, most notable of which was a series of three monographs on directors Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Alfred Hitch!$#!#, the first retrospective studies of them in the US. He also wrote a classic series of feature articles and profiles for Esquire in the Humphrey Bogart tribute, among others.
However, Bogdonavich traces his roots to working as an actor in live television and various theaters around the country, including the prestigious New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals. In 1966, his first work in movies was as assistant to Roger Corman in The Wild Angels. He re-wrote most of the script and directed the second unit in an uncredited capacity. He achieved a breakthrough the following year, when Corman agreed to finance his first film as director, writer, producer, and actor. The result was the cult class Targets with Boris Carloff in his last great film role. This was followed by The Last Picture Show, which catapulted him to fame and made the critics sit up and take notice. It also became the launching pad of then unknown Jeff Bridges. The film went on to win the New York Film Critics’ Circle Award for Bes6t Screenplay, on top of eight Academy Award nominations. The next film of Bogdanovich was 1972’s What’s Up, Doc, a romantic face with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, again bagging The Writers’ Guild of America Award for Best Screenpaly.
Bogdanovich is also a published author with over a dozen books on film and filmmaking under his name. Among his most recognizable roles remain that of therapist Dr. Illiot Kupferberg on the HBO series The Sopranos.