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John Roger Spottiswoode[1] (born 5 January 1945) is a Canadian-British director, editor and writer of film and television. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in Britain. His father Raymond Spottiswoode was a British film theoretician who worked at the National Film Board of Canada during the 1940s, directing such short films such as Wings of a Continent.

Roger Spottiswoode
John Roger Spottiswoode

(1945-01-05) 5 January 1945 (age 74)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Canadian
  • British
OccupationFilm director
Film editor
Years active1966-present
OrganizationDirectors Guild of America
Directors Guild of Canada
Spouse(s)Holly Palance (1983-1997; divorced)
Parent(s)Raymond Spottiswoode

In the 1960s, Roger entered the British film industry as a trainee editor where he apprenticed under editor John Bloom. In the early 1970s Spottiswoode edited several films for Sam Peckinpah.[2]

Spottiswoode turned to directing in the early 1980s and has since directed a number of notable films and television productions, including Under Fire (1983) and the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan. Spottiswoode was a member of the writing team responsible for 48 Hrs. starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. In 2000, he directed the science fiction action thriller The 6th Day starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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  1. ^ Spottiswoode, John Roger. "Directors Guild of Canada".
  2. ^ "All Aboard...If You Dare!: An Interview with Roger Spottiswoode".

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