Oliver Stone is a renowned movie director, producer and screen play writer from USA. Owner of impressive talent and skills, he has won the Academy Awards a couple of times for
his outstanding work in movies. Many of the film that have been written and directed by him like Natural Born Killers, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July have won accolades and awards.
|Date of Birth||September 15, 1946|
|Parents||Louis Stone, Jacqueline Goddet|
|Education||Hill School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Yale University ,Trinity School|
|Spouse||Sun-jung Jung, Elizabeth Stone, Najwa Sarkis|
|Childern||Sean Stone,Michael Jack Stone,Tara Chong Stone|
|Net worth||$50 Million|
Early Life and Education
Born as William Oliver Stone in New York City on 15th September 1946 into an affluent family, he went to Trinity School as a child. Later, he was enrolled into Pottstown, Pennsylvania in a school which would prepare him for college. He got admission into the Yale University. However, he dropped out of college when he was 18 years old to teach English in an institution named Free Pacific Institute in Saigon, South Vietnam.
The Days of War
In the year 1967, Oliver Stone enlisted himself in the US Army with an aim to fight the Vietnam War. From September 1967 to April 1968, he served in the war in various platoons and was wounded twice. His amazing bravery in the War got him the Purple Heart Award and the Bronze Star for Gallantry. In Vietnam, he was also exposed to drugs and cross cultural music. This is when he started getting drawn to the field of arts and politics.
Foray into Films and Success Thereafter
After the war, Stone enrolled into the New York University and got a degree in Fine Arts in Films in 1970. He started his film career with a short film named Last Year in Vietnam which was well received by all. He graduated to bigger projects and in 1978 he won his first Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie Midnight Express.
This victory soon got him a chance to direct a film called The Hand. The film did not do well, so Oliver Stone continued writing screenplays for films some of which became extremely popular. His directorial breakthrough came in 1986, when he directed a political drama – Salvador which had James Wood in the lead. This was followed by Platoon which was a film based on Vietnam War. This film was highly applauded and won the Academy Award for Best Film. Platoon got Oliver Stone his first Academy Award for Best Director.
Following this outstanding victory, there was no stopping him. Stone went on to make a number of hit and controversial films like Talk Radio, The Doors, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Natural Born Killers and Nixon.
He later went on to make films like W based on the life of George W Bush, Comandante inspired from the life of Fidel Castro and World Trade Center which was based on the 9/11 attacks. He also made a sequel to his earlier film Wall Street named Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps which got him a nomination in the Golden Globe Awards.
Oliver Stone beautifully adapts real life incidents and characters into his movies which is why he has his audience and critics going gaga over his movies.