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John McTiernan (born January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA) is most identifiable with the three action-adventure blockbusters of the late 80s and early 90s he directed back-to-back: Predator, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October. Later entries include: Last Action Hero, the sequel Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the Michael Crichton adaptation The Thirteenth Warrior and the 1999 update of The Thomas Crown Affair. His last few credits were the poorly received 2002 remake of Rollerball and the 2003 action-packed mystery-military thriller Basic. McTiernan frequently worked with the likes of actors such as Anthony Peck (no relation to Gregory), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Colleen Camp, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and Pierce Brosnan.
More recently, McTiernan was in the news for his criminal conviction in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal, for which he is currently released after serving a prison sentence.