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Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973. Two years later, however, Wilson endeavored a career switch and became a writer for "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS 1972-78) by the following year. Ascending yet another professional ladder, Wilson soon graduated to status of producer for "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS 1976-78) before creating his own series altogether: "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS 1978-1982). Following his program's run, Wilson shifted his attention to movies, making his feature screenwriting debut with the Burt Reynolds-led comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and his feature directorial debut with the original "Police Academy" (1984). After a number of short-lived television projects throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Wilson wrote and directed popular moves including "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Blast from the Past" (1999), and "Dudley Do-Right" (1999). Around this period, Wilson began teaching screenwriting at the University of Virginia on an occasional basis. His final directing...

Hugh Hamilton Wilson, Jr. was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami, FL. Shortly after graduation from the University of Florida in 1964, Wilson leapt to a career in advertising, working his way to the top of the Atlanta, GA-based Burton-Campbell Agency by 1973. Two years later, however, Wilson endeavored a career switch and became a writer for "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS 1972-78) by the following year. Ascending yet another professional ladder, Wilson soon graduated to status of producer for "The Tony Randall Show" (ABC/CBS 1976-78) before creating his own series altogether: "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS 1978-1982). Following his program's run, Wilson shifted his attention to movies, making his feature screenwriting debut with the Burt Reynolds-led comedy "Stroker Ace" (1983) and his feature directorial debut with the original "Police Academy" (1984). After a number of short-lived television projects throughout the latter half of the 1980s, Wilson wrote and directed popular moves including "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Blast from the Past" (1999), and "Dudley Do-Right" (1999). Around this period, Wilson began teaching screenwriting at the University of Virginia on an occasional basis. His final directing credit was a baseball drama, "Mickey" (2004), starring Harry Connick Jr. and written by novelist John Grisham. Wilson died on Jan. 14, 2018 at the age of 74 following a battle with lung cancer.

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 Manson Family, The (2004) Carl Day
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 Rails into Laramie (1954) Townsman
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 Playgirl (1954) Bob Gable
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 Naked Alibi (1954) Truck driver
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 Pushover (1954) Detective
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 Johnny Dark (1954) Mechanic
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 Affair with a Stranger (1953) Poker player
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 Son of the Renegade (1953) The Texas Kid
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 The Golden Blade (1953) Guard
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