|Born||December 11, 1956|
Billings, Montana, United States
|Alma mater||Montana State University-Bozeman |
|Occupation||Film director, television director, screenwriter|
Life and career
John Dahl was born in Billings, Montana, the second of four children (his brother is filmmaker Rick Dahl). Dahl spent his young life in and around Montana all the way up through his college years. His interest in film began at the age of seventeen, when he first saw A Clockwork Orange, as told to Robert K. Elder in an interview for The Film That Changed My Life.
This film captured my imagination so much. It was the first film that I saw that made me realize that somebody has to make this stuff. Somebody has to build those sets. Somebody has to paint those paintings. All of a sudden it became accessible. The movie was so compelling and interesting to me on so many levels. The one thing that struck me was that somebody made a movie, and that it was something that maybe, possibly, I could do.— John Dahl
He first attended the Montana State University, and then transferred to Montana State University's School of Film and Photography, where he received a degree in film. While at MSU, Dahl was a student of Bill Pullman. His first feature film at MSU was titled The Death Mutants made for $12,000. While at Montana State he played guitar in the punk rock band "The Pugs". He also met his wife, Beth Friedberg at MSU, and after graduation they both left Montana to attend the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. He entered the directors program and she entered the cinematography program.
Dahl started his career as a storyboard artist and assistant director. He continued through the eighties making short films and directing music videos for Kool & the Gang and Joe Satriani. Dahl's first two films were Kill Me Again and Red Rock West. His third feature film was the crime thriller, The Last Seduction starring Linda Fiorentino. Fiorentino's performance in the film, although critically acclaimed, was not eligible to receive an Oscar nomination because it aired on cable television before its theatrical release. The Last Seduction also starred Dahl's former college professor, Bill Pullman.
|1989||Kill Me Again||Also writer|
|1993||Red Rock West||Also writer|
|1994||The Last Seduction|
|2005||The Great Raid|
|2007||You Kill Me|
|1995||Fallen Angels||Episode "Tomorrow I Die"|
|2005||Tilt||Episode "Shuffle Up and Deal"|
|2008-2010||True Blood||4 episodes|
|2009||Fear Itself||Episode "Chance"|
|Battlestar Galactica||Episode "The Oath"|
|United States of Tara||2 episodes|
|Breaking Bad||Episode "Down"|
|2009-2013||The Vampire Diaries||4 episodes|
|2010||Terriers||Episode "Agua Caliente"|
|2012||Falling Skies||Episode "Love and Other Acts of Courage"|
|Homeland||Episode "The Clearing"|
|Arrow||Episode "Year's End"|
|2013||Person of Interest||Episode "Dead Reckoning"|
|2013-2014||The Americans||2 episodes|
|The Bridge||3 episodes|
|2013-2020||Ray Donovan||11 episodes|
|The Strain||Episode "Loved Ones"|
|2015||House of Cards||2 episodes|
|House of Lies||2 episodes|
|Aquarius||Episode "It's Alright Ma. (I'm Only Bleeding.)"|
|Jessica Jones||Episode "AKA Sin Bin"|
|2015-2017||The Affair||5 episodes|
|2017||Iron Fist||2 episodes; also executive producer, 1 episode|
|The Good Doctor||Episode "Oliver"|
|2017-2018||SEAL Team||2 episodes|
|2018||The Looming Tower||2 episodes|
|2019||The Walking Dead||Episode "The World Before"|
|Evil||Episode "7 Swans a Singin"|
|For All Mankind||2 episodes|
|1987||P.I. Private Investigations|
|1989||Kill Me Again||Also director|
|1993||Red Rock West||Also director|
- Lucia Bozzola (2012). "John Dahl". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
- "John Dahl Biography (1956-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- Dahl, John. Interview by Robert K. Elder. The Film That Changed My Life. By Robert K. Elder. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011. N. p68. Print.
- Maslin, Janet (October 26, 1994). "THE LAST SEDUCTION; A Femme Fatale Who Lives Up To the Description". The New York Times. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
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