Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich


7/30/1939, Kingston, New York, USA

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Peter Bogdonavich, Derek Thomas
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Peter Bogdanovich is the son a Serbian father and a mother who was Jewish and from a rich Austrian family. At the beginning of his carreer in the 1950's Peter worked as an actor, studying with legendary acting coach Stella Adler. In the early 1960s he achieved notoriety…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter was a member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1981 and 1992.

    • At age 20, after having worked as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, Peter began directing plays Off-Broadway and summer theater in New York.

    • Peter studied acting with the legendary Stella Adler when he was in his teens.

    • When Peter was young he was obsessive with watching movies and could go to the cinema as many times as 400 a year.

    • His father was Serbian and his mother was Austrian, both immigrants escaping from the nazis.

    • Peter turned down the chance to direct The Godfather (1972) along with many other directors. Francis Ford Coppola accepted and directed the movie.

    • Peter was with Cybill Shepherd from 1971-1978. He still has a signed photograph from her hanging in his New York City apartment signed "Dear Sven, I wouldn't be here without you." "Sven" is short for "Svengali", a character who, through hypnosis, teaches the eponymous heroine to sing and controls her singing for his own purposes.

    • He is a vegetarian.

    • In 1980 Peter dated Dorothy Stratten who was Playboy's Playmate of the year and was murdered by her estranged jealous husband.

    • Peter has been married and divorced twice. First to Polly Platt from 1966-1970 and later to Louise Stratten from 1988-2002.

    • Peter has two children, Antonia and Sashy Bogdanovich with Polly Platt.

  • Quotes

    • Peter Bogdanovich: The only formal training I ever did was four years as an actor. When I direct, I think like one of the actors.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: There's good directors and bad directors. Some of the critics are really conscientious and really try to do what they can popularize the work or to explain the work and so on. And then there's the critics who just wants to make a reputation by attacking. Those are the ones I'm not keen on.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: The actors are in control, getting outrageous amounts of money. The reason they're getting this kind of money is because the studios don't know what else to do. They don't have a clue about what to do except to pay an actor a lot of money.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: You see so many movies... the younger people who are coming from MTV or who are coming from commercials and there's no sense of film grammar. There's no real sense of how to tell a story visually. It's just cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, you know, which is pretty easy.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: I don't know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: Filmmakers have a responsibility to the audience and to the work, I wish they felt that responsibility more, especially to what's true in life.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: I made a lot of mistakes when I was successful in the seventies. You know, there's no handbook for success so I couldn't make out what vibe I was picking up. But it's called jealousy, envy and loathing, though they come at you with smiles because they want something from you. So you put on a front of arrogance to cover insecurity.

    • Peter Bogdanovich: They're all so jealous in Hollywood. It's not enough to have a hit. Your best friend should also have a failure.

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