Howard Zieff


Director
Howard Zieff

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
October 21, 1927
Died
February 21, 2009
Cause of Death
Complications Of Parkinson's Disease

Biography

Leading director of TV commercials who turned to features in 1973 and has proved adept at handling light comedy. Zieff directed the enjoyable Jeff Bridges vehicle, "Hearts of the West" (1975), about the making of B westerns in 1930s Hollywood....

Family & Companions

Ronda Gomez-Quinones
Wife
Agent. Together since 1974; married on May 11, 1997.

Biography

Leading director of TV commercials who turned to features in 1973 and has proved adept at handling light comedy. Zieff directed the enjoyable Jeff Bridges vehicle, "Hearts of the West" (1975), about the making of B westerns in 1930s Hollywood.

Life Events

1973

Feature film directing debut, "Slither"

1979

Directed Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in the comedy, "The Main Event"

1980

Best known for directing Goldie Hawn in "Private Benjamin"

1984

Helmed the comedy, "Unfaithfully Yours" starring Dudley Moore

1991

Directed the coming-of-age film, "My Girl"

1994

Returned to direct the sequel, "My Girl 2"

1994

Retired from directing shortly after the release of "My Girl 2" due to the effects of Parkinson's disease

Videos

Movie Clip

Slither (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Climb Into The Potato Cellar Several minutes in but still short of the opening credits, newly paroled Dick (James Caan) and Harry (Richard B. Shull) arrive at the latter's derelict country home, trouble ensuing, in Slither, 1973, directed by Howard Zieff.
Slither (1973) -- (Movie Clip) What Are You Up On? After a bad first hitch-hiking attempt, parolee Dick (James Caan) meets Kitty (Sally Kellerman), having trouble with a cop (Wayne Storm), in Slither, 1973, directed by Howard Zieff from W.D. Richter's original screenplay.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) This Ain't A Cotillion! Rehearsing with Miss Trout (Blythe Danner) then on camera, newly recruited movie-star Lewis (Jeff Bridges) gets coached by director Kessler (Alan Arkin), who later cuts a deal, in Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) No One Quite Like The Kid On the run from correspondence-course con-men, aspiring Western writer Lewis (Jeff Bridges) meets cowboys led by Pike (Andy Griffith), then Miss Trout (Blythe Danner), in director Howard Zieff's Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) You've Got Your Man! Director Kessler (Alan Arkin) pitches a difficult idea to his stunt cowboys and Lewis (Jeff Bridges), not yet hip to the biz, volunteers, later consoled by Pike (Andy Griffith) et al, in Hearts Of The West, 1975.
Hearts Of The West (1975) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Real Rugged Gunfighter Smile Opening with Jeff Bridges as Lewis in a screen test, Alan Arkin the voice of the director, which won’t make sense until later in the movie, then with his brothers and Frank Cady his cranky dad, in director Howard Zieff’s Hearts Of The West, 1975, also starring Andy Griffith and Blythe Danner.
Main Event, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Kid Natural Barbra Streisand is suddenly-broke perfume magnate Hillary, come to an LA gym to find her only remaining asset, the fighter her crooked business manager set up as a tax dodge, Ryan O’Neal as Eddie “Kid Natural” Scanlon, Whitman Mayo his manager, early in The Main Event, 1979.
Main Event, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Why Smell Like A Flower? Beginning off-camera, playing a double-entendre joke about drugs, we meet Barbra Streisand as perfume entrepreneur Hillary, then visit her workout, early in the aerobics fad, in The Main Event, 1979, produced by Jon Peters (Barbra’s husband), co-starring Ryan O’Neal.
Main Event, The (1979) -- (Movie Clip) Want Me To Split His Head Open? At an LA party where newly bankrupt perfume exec Hillary (Barbra Streisand), with help from her ex-husband lawyer (Paul Sand) is looking to sell shares in her last asset, over-the-hill fighter Eddie (Ryan O’Neal), who tangles with a pompous guest (John Reilly) in The Main Event, 1979.
Slither (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Consider Me Harry Professional MC Barry (Peter Boyle) at a gig for the Polish-American Veterans, spouse Mary (Louise Lasser) and new ex-con pal Dick (James Caan) in the audience, then discussing information gained from their deceased mutual friend, in Slither, 1973.

Trailer

Companions

Ronda Gomez-Quinones
Wife
Agent. Together since 1974; married on May 11, 1997.

Bibliography