Oliver Stone, also known as William Oliver Stone, is an American producer, screenwriter, and a director. He came to the film industry as a writer, writing and directing movies about Vietnam War. Oliver was born on September 15, 1946, in the
New York City, The United States of America. His film targets the controversial and political American issues of the late 20th century. Stone has received many awards which include three Academy Awards for his movies. His father, Louis Stone was a stockbroker and fought with the Allied troops in France during the World War II. Stone went to Trinity School in New York but later his parents sent him to a college-preparatory school named The Hill School in Pennsylvania. His parent got divorced when he was just a student. Stone drop out of the Yale University at the age of 18, in 1965. He started teaching English to high school students at the Pacific Institute. He also worked as a worked on US Marine Ship. He even server the US Army during the 1960s where he received a Bronze Star and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster. In 1970, Stone completed his graduation from the New York University with a degree in film-making. He was guided by the famous director
Martin Scorsese. He was offered a small role in a comedy movie, The Battle of Love’s Return. Stone started his film-making career with a sort film Last Year in Vietnam. He directed his first film named Seizure in the 1970s which were a horror movie. Oliver has produced and directed a lot of masterpiece movies. Some of which include a drug lord Tale, Scarface, and Year of the Dragon.
Most of his movies were based on Vietnam wars like Platoon, Heaven and Earth, and Salvador. Stone won his first Academy Award in 1970 for the movie Midnight Express. Midnight Express was a movie based on a true-life prison story, but stone’s screenplay for the movie was criticized by many critics. Platoon introduced him to a wider audience. The movie was a huge success, and it provided a huge kick-start to Oliver’s career. The movie even won the Best Picture and Best Director Academy Award. The platoon was the first film directed by Oliver, based in Vietnamese wars. One of his most successful movies was Wall Street. In 1990, Oliver directed The Doors, which received huge criticism from the viewers and critics. During the same year, Oliver directed the most successful and well-received movie, JFK. The movie was based on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. After 2000’s, Oliver slowed down her production of movies. In 2004, Oliver directed the movie named Alexander, which was critically savaged. After that, Oliver made a movie on two policemen who survived the 9/11 attack. Oliver directed a miniseries called Wide Palms for the ABC Television. He also wanted to write and direct the biopic of George W. Bush, but didn’t get a chance to do so. In 2010, Oliver made the sequel of the movie Wall Street, named Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Oliver has also made some documentaries which include Looking for Fidel, Castro in Winter, Persona Non Grata, and Fidel Castro: Comandante. Oliver premiered the film Mi Amigo Hugo, which was a documentary based on the president of Venezuela.
Oliver won the Academy Award for Best Director for Born on the Fourth of July. He received two Academy award nominations for Salvador and Platoon. Oliver was arrested and pleaded guilty to excessive drug usage and alcohol by the New York Police Department and was ordered a rehabilitation program. Stone got married three times and is currently married to Sun-Jung Jung, and they have a daughter together.