Photo of Alan J. Pakula Alan J. Pakula

Hollywood producer-director of many hard-hitting dramas from the 1960s through the '90s (often with a New York backdrop), Alan J. Pakula was born April 7, 1928, in The Bronx and died Nov. 19, 1998, in Melville, Long Island.

The son of Polish immigrants, Pakula attended Yale University and was expected to enter the family printing business. Instead, he convinced his father to finance his first movie -- which led to a career as a producer and, later, a director.

Notable films include To Kill a Mockingbird (for which Gregory Peck won a Best Actor Oscar), Klute (starring Best Actress Oscar winner Jane Fonda), Sophie's Choice (which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Oscar) and The Pelican Brief starring Julia Roberts.

Alan J. Pakula in The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief

1993 PG-13

When law student Darby Shaw writes a brief on her theory about the motive behind the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices, she finds bullets flying in her direction and turns to investigative reporter Gray Grantham for help.

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