John Campbell McTiernan, Jr. (born January 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker, best known for his action films and most identifiable with the three films he directed back-to-back: the science fiction action film Predator (1987), the action film Die Hard (1988), which has been named one of the greatest action movies ever made, and the action thriller The Hunt for Red October (1990). He is also known for later movies such as the action-comedy-fantasy film Last Action Hero (1993), the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), and the heist film-remake The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). In 2003, his mystery-thriller Basic with John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson did well. From 2006 to 2014, he was involved in a lengthy legal case.
McTiernan was born in Albany, New York, and attended the Juilliard School before graduating with an M.F.A. from the AFI Conservatory. In 1986, he wrote and directed his first feature, Nomads, starring Pierce Brosnan. While not successful, it did land him the job of directing the smash science fiction action hit Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the wake of that film's success, he directed a string of hits, including Die Hard starring Bruce Willis, The Hunt for Red October with Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery, and Medicine Man, also starring Connery...
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