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Biography #2 (for Exorcist: The Beginning)

Over the past 15 years, Renny Harlin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most prominent filmmakers. His credits span multiple genres, and include both action-oriented international blockbusters and critically acclaimed dramas.

Harlin initially distinguished himself by directing A Nightmare on Elm Street IV, a film that, at the time of its release in 1988, became the highest grossing independent film of all time. He followed with the cult comedy The Adventures of Ford Fairlane and the box-office smash Die Hard 2: Die Harder starring Bruce Willis.

In 1993, Harlin directed and produced the blockbuster Cliffhanger, starring Sylvester Stallone, a film that helped establish Harlin as one of Hollywood's premiere action directors.

Harlin went on to direct and produce 1995's Cutthroat Island and 1997's critically acclaimed The Long Kiss Goodnight, which starred Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson.

In 1999, Harlin thrilled audiences with the summer hit that starred Samuel L. Jackson: Deep Blue Sea, a film that grossed over $160 million worldwide. Harlin followed up that success with Driven, an open wheel racing film featuring Sylvester Stallone, Burt Reynolds, and Estella Warren.

Harlin's career has also included successful efforts as a producer. In 1991, Harlin made his producing debut with the critically lauded Rambling Rose, starring Robert Duvall, Lukas Haas, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Actress (Dern) and Best Supporting Actress (Ladd). Harlin has also produced the romantic comedies Speechless, which starred Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve; and Blast From the Past, which starred Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Fraser, Sissy Spacek, and Christopher Walken.

Most recently, Harlin completed production on the psychological thriller Mindhunters starring Val Kilmer, Christian Slater, LL Cool J and Kathryn Morris.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Exorcist: The Beginning" (25-Aug-2004)

Biography #3

Renny Harlin has established himself as one of the industry's most renowned filmmakers. Harlin's initial success came with Nightmare on Elm Street IV: The Dream Master which, at the time of its release, was the highest-grossing independent film to date. He next directed the hit sequel Die Hard 2: Die Harder and, in 1993, Harlin produced and directed the Sylvester Stallone blockbuster Cliffhanger, which grossed more than $270,000,000 worldwide, establishing Harlin as a leading action director.

The director/producer (under his own company banner, Midnight Sun Pictures) is currently producing Blast from the Past, starring Alicia Silverstone, Brendan Fraser, Sissy Spacek and Christopher Walken, as well as a documentary about photographer Peter Beard. Midnight Sun will also produce the upcoming Formula One, a race-car epic based on the life of driving champion Ayrton Senna, and Primal (working title) for Warner Bros. later next year. Harlin debuted as a producer on the critically acclaimed Rambling Rose, which received Oscar nominations for both Best Actress (Laura Dern) and Best Supporting Actress (Diane Ladd). The filmmaker's additional credits include directing and producing Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight and producing Speechless.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)