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Overview (3)

Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Birth NameCharles John Smith
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

English-born "Army brat" John Badham is the son of English actress Mary Hewitt and the stepson of an American Army general. Raised in Alabama and schooled at Yale, he cut his teeth producing and directing for TV before making his feature debut with The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976). Badham's breakthrough credit was the box office smash Saturday Night Fever (1977), made the following year; other hits on his resume include Blue Thunder (1983), WarGames (1983), and Short Circuit (1986).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (3)

Julia Badham (1992 - present)
Jan Speck (19 November 1983 - 1990) ( divorced)
Bonnie Hughes (28 December 1967 - 20 March 1979) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently casts Richard Dreyfuss
[Attribution] His films always end with the title card "A John Badham Movie".

Trivia (9)

Attended Indian Springs School (Alabama).
Brother of Mary Badham.
Producer Michael Douglas considered him as director of Starman (1984) but the job went to John Carpenter.
Has a daughter named Kelly MacDonald Badham.
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Directed one Oscar nominated performance: John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977).
Teaches film at Chapman University in Orange, California. [April 2005]
Frequently hires composer Arthur B. Rubinstein to score his films. They have done 9 films together from Who's Life Is it Anyway? made in 1981 to The Last Debate, a TV movie made in 2000.
He has directed one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Saturday Night Fever (1977).

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