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Jan de Bont (born 22 October 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, producer, writer and film director.
Personal Life and Earlier Career
De Bont was born, one of 17 children, to a Roman Catholic family in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His earliest work after studying at the Amsterdam Film Academy was with the Dutch avant garde director Adriaan Ditvoorst. De Bont was cinematographer/cameraman on many of Ditvoorst's early films including the prizewinning Ik Kom Wat Later Naar Madra (I'll Be In Madra Somewhat Later). He first came to fame in the Netherlands as the cinematographer for the 1973 movie Turkish Delight, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. Since the early 1980s, he worked frequently in Hollywood.
Additional cinematography credits included: 1983's Cujo, All the Right Moves (with Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson), the 1985 Verhoeven epic Flesh & Blood, 1986's Ruthless People, the John McTiernan blockbuster films Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October, Ridley Scott's Black Rain, Joel Schumacher's Flatliners and Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon 3 (with Danny Glover).
De Bont made his directorial debut with the action thriller Speed (with Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper) in 1994, which was a surprise hit. He followed this up with the even more successful Twister (with Bill Paxton) in 1996. His output since has had mixed commercial and critical success. In 1997 he returned to direct the sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control (with Jason Patric and Willem Dafoe), which was a commercial and critical failure.
In 1999 he directed The Haunting remake (produced by Steven Spielberg for Dreamworks and co-starring Liam Neeson and Owen Wilson). It was a commercial success, but heavily panned by critics, receiving five Razzie Award nominations and widely considered one of the worst remakes in cinema history. Later directing credits included the 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (with Angelina Jolie and Gerard Butler) and co-producing the 2002 science fiction films Equilibrium (with Christian Bale and Sean Bean) and Spielberg's Minority Report (again with Cruise and with Colin Farrell).
He was married to Dutch actress Monique van de Ven from 1973 to 1988. Monique starred in the 1973 film Turkish Delight, for which De Bont did the cinematography for. De Bont has two children from his second marriage with Trish Reeves, Alexander (who had a part in Speed 2) and Anneke (who had a part in Twister).