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Residence
  
Role
  
Years active
  
1985–present

Spouse
  
Serena Rathbun (m. 1986)

Home town
  
Siblings
  
Kelli Field

Name
  
Todd Field


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Full Name
  
William Todd Field

Born
  
February 24, 1964 (age 59) (
1964-02-24
)

Alma mater
  
Mount Hood Community College, Southern Oregon University, AFI Conservatory

Occupation
  
ActorFilm directorFilm producerScreenwriter

Children
  
Alida P. Field, Henry Field

Books
  
In the Bedroom, In the Bedroom: A Screenplay

Movies
  
Little Children, In the Bedroom, Eyes Wide Shut, Creed of Violence, Twister

Similar People
  

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William Todd Field (born February 24, 1964) is an American actor and three-time Academy Award nominated filmmaker.

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Early life

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Field was born in Pomona, California, where his family ran a poultry farm. When Field turned two, his family moved to Portland, Oregon, where his father went to work as a salesman, and his mother became a school librarian. At an early age, he became interested in performing sleight-of-hand and later music. As a child in Portland, Field was a batboy for the Portland Mavericks, a single A independent minor league baseball club owned by Hollywood actor Bing Russell. Kurt Russell, Bing's son and later an acclaimed Hollywood actor in his own right, also played for the Portland Mavericks during this time. Field and Maverick Pitching Coach Rob Nelson created the first batch of Big League Chew in the Field family kitchen. In 1980 Nelson and former New York Yankees all-star Jim Bouton sold the idea to the Wrigley Company. Since that time over 600 million pouches have been sold worldwide.

Education

A budding jazz musician, at the age of sixteen Field became a member of the Big Band at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Headed by Larry McVey, the band had become a proving-ground and regular stop for Stan Kenton and Mel Tormé when they were looking for new players. It was here Field played trombone along with his friend, trumpeter and future Grammy Award Winner, Chris Botti. During this same time he also worked as a non-union projectionist at a second-run movie theater. Field graduated with his class from Centennial High School on Portland's east side and briefly attended Southern Oregon State College (now Southern Oregon University) in Ashland on a music scholarship, but left after his freshman year favoring a move to New York to study acting with Robert X. Modica at his renowned Carnegie Hall Studio. Soon after, Field began performing with the Ark Theatre Company as both an actor and musician. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the AFI Conservatory.

Career

One of the film industry's more multifaceted members, having worked in varying capacities as an actor, director, producer, composer, and screenwriter, Field began making motion pictures after he was cast by Woody Allen in Radio Days (1987). He went on to work with some of America's greatest film makers including Stanley Kubrick, Victor Nuñez, and Carl Franklin. It was Franklin and Nunez (both AFI alumni) who encouraged Field to enroll as a Directing Fellow at the AFI, which he did in the fall of 1992. Since that time he has received the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award from the AFI, the Satyajit Ray Award from the British Film Institute, a Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival, and his short films have been exhibited at various venues overseas and domestically at the Museum of Modern Art. To date, unadjusted box office receipts for the films in which Field has participated exceed a billion dollars worldwide.

In the Bedroom

Field became one of Hollywood's hottest new writer/directors with the release of In the Bedroom, a film based on the short story Killings by author Andre Dubus. (Kubrick and Dubus were among Field's mentors; both died right before the production of In the Bedroom.) In the Bedroom was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Tom Wilkinson, his first nomination), Best Actress (Sissy Spacek, her sixth nomination), Supporting Actress (Marisa Tomei, her second nomination), and Best Screenplay (Adapted). The film was shot in Rockland, Maine, a New England town in which Field resides—the house where he, his wife (Serena Rathbun), and their four children live was even used as the setting for one sequence. Rathbun and Sissy Spacek did a portion of the set designing and Field handled the camera himself on many of the shots. The result, critics said, was stunning: David Ansen of Newsweek wrote,

"Todd Field exhibits a mastery of his craft many filmmakers never acquire in a lifetime. With one film he’s guaranteed his future as a director. He has the magnificent obsession of the natural-born filmmaker.."

Anthony Quinn of The Independent also praised the director:

"Field has pulled off something here I thought no American filmmaker would ever manage again: he makes violence feel genuinely shocking."

For his work on In the Bedroom, Field was named Director of the Year by the National Board of Review, and his script was awarded Best Original Screenplay. The film went on to win Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle awarded Best First Film to Field. In the Bedroom received six American Film Institute Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, three Golden Globe nominations, and five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, and two individually for Field both as Screenwriter and Producer. The American Film Institute honored Field with the Franklin Schaffner Alumni Medal. With the exception of the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Schaffner Award is the highest honor an individual can achieve.

Little Children

Field followed In the Bedroom with Little Children, which was nominated for three Academy Awards including two for his actors: Kate Winslet (her fifth nomination, and with it a record for the youngest actor to be nominated for five Academy Awards) and Jackie Earle Haley (his first nomination, and first leading role in over fifteen years). After having written, directed and produced just two feature films, Field had garnered five Academy Award nominations for his actors, and three for himself, personally. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, premiered at the 2006 New York Film Festival. In his end-of-year roundup "Best of 2006", A.O. Scott of The New York Times wrote:

"The first time you see Todd Field's adaptation of Tom Perrotta's novel, you may remark on the director's impressive control over the unruly source material and the emotional agility of the cast. Kate Winslet in particular. The second time, the film's lurid, crazy side is more apparent, and the intensity of the supporting performances — Noah Emmerich, Jackie Earle Haley, Phyllis Somerville — creep into the foreground. This movie, Mr. Field's second feature... is a complicated blend of gothic, melodrama and sexual comedy, unerringly attuned to the varieties of human failure."

International Cinephile Society's Matt Mazur described the film as "subversive" and designed to intentionally disorient the viewer using "seemingly non-connected imagery to suggest a tone and a mood of disquiet." Mazur goes on to compare Field's technique with that of Sergei Eisenstein, D.W. Griffith, Georges Melies, and Edwin S. Porter.

Many members of Field’s creative team on In the Bedroom returned to work with him on the film, including Serena Rathbun. On the Charlie Rose show in 2007, Field spoke extensively about the importance of Rathbun as his creative partner, describing a conversation he had with her where she gave him the most pivotal scene, “for me, the film is unthinkable without it.”

Announced Projects

From 2008 to 2016 it was purported that Field was involved with a film set in the Mexican Revolution starring Leonardo DiCaprio, a coming of age minor league baseball story set in the 1970s Northwest, and novel adaptations with Field co-writing alongside such literary luminaries as Cormac McCarthy, Joan Didion, and Jonathan Franzen. To date, no further information has come to light regarding these projects.

Filmography

Director
2022
Tár (directed by)
2006
Little Children (directed by)
2005
Carnivàle (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cheyenne, WY (2005)
2001
In the Bedroom (directed by)
1999
Once and Again (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Outside Hearts (1999)
1995
Nonnie & Alex (Short)
1993
Delivering (Short) (as William Field)
1993
The Tree (Short) (as William Field)
1993
When I Was a Boy (Short)
1993
The Dog (Short)
1992
Too Romantic (Short)
Writer
2022
Tár (written by)
2006
Little Children (screenplay)
2001
In the Bedroom (screenplay)
1993
Delivering (Short) (writer - as William Field)
1993
The Tree (Short) (written by - as William Field)
1992
Too Romantic (Short)
Actor
2005
The Second Front as
Nicolas Raus
2002
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV Series) as
Ol' Drippy
- The Last One (2003) - Ol' Drippy (voice)
- Ol' Drippy (2002) - Ol' Drippy (voice)
2001
Net Worth as
Thad Davis
2001
Rip It Off as
Jack Toretti
2001
New Port South as
Walsh
1999
Once and Again (TV Series) as
David Cassilli
- Edifice Wrecked (2001) - David Cassilli
- Suspicion (2001) - David Cassilli
- Learner's Permit (2000) - David Cassilli
- Food for Thought (2000) - David Cassilli
- Ozymandias 2.0 (2000) - David Cassilli
- Feast or Famine (2000) - David Cassilli
- Booklovers (2000) - David Cassilli
- Wake Up, Little Susie (2000) - David Cassilli
- A Door, About to Open (2000) - David Cassilli
- My Brilliant Career (2000) - David Cassilli
- Cat-in-Hat (2000) - David Cassilli
- Strangers and Brothers (2000) - David Cassilli
- Unfinished Business (2000) - David Cassilli
- The Mystery Dance (2000) - David Cassilli
- Sneaky Feelings (2000) - David Cassilli
- Mediation (2000) - David Cassilli
- The Gingerbread House (1999) - David Cassilli
- Where There's Smoke (1999) - David Cassilli
- Thanksgiving (1999) - David Cassilli
- Outside Hearts (1999) - David Cassilli
- The Past Is Prologue (1999) - David Cassilli
- The Ex-Files (1999) - David Cassilli
- A Dream Deferred (1999) - David Cassilli
- There Be Dragons (1999) - David Cassilli
- Liars and Other Strangers (1999) - David Cassilli
- The Scarlet Letter Jacket (1999) - David Cassilli
- Let's Spend the Night Together (1999) - David Cassilli
- Boy Meets Girl (1999) - David Cassilli
2000
Stranger Than Fiction as
Austin Walker / Donovan Miller
1999
The Haunting as
Todd Hackett
1999
Eyes Wide Shut as
Nick Nightingale
1998
Cupid (TV Series) as
Sam
- Pick-Up Schticks (1998) - Sam
1998
Broken Vessels as
Jimmy
1997
Farmer & Chase as
Chase
1996
Twister as
Tim 'Beltzer' Lewis
1996
Walking and Talking as
Frank
1995
Chicago Hope (TV Series) as
Josh Taubler
- Heartbreak (1995) - Josh Taubler
1994
Frank & Jesse as
Bob Younger
1994
Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence (TV Movie) as
Yates
1994
Sleep with Me as
Duane
1993
Bakersfield P.D. (TV Series) as
Lewis
- The Poker Game (1993) - Lewis
1993
Danger Theatre (TV Series) as
Ray Monroe
- Searcher in the Mist/Sex, Lies & Decaf (1993) - Ray Monroe
1993
Ruby in Paradise as
Mike McCaslin
1993
When I Was a Boy (Short) as
The Teaser
1993
The Dog (Short) as
The Dog
1991
Lookwell (TV Movie) as
Jason
1991
Queens Logic as
Cecil
1990
The End of Innocence as
Richard
1990
Full Fathom Five as
Johnson
1990
Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) as
Eugene
- Judy, You're Not Yourself Today (1990) - Eugene
1989
Back to Back as
Todd Brand
1989
Fat Man and Little Boy as
Robert Wilson
1989
Gross Anatomy as
David Schreiner
1989
Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy as
Anthony Glenn (as William Field)
1988
Roseanne (TV Series) as
Charles
- D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1988) - Charles
1987
Take Five (TV Series) as
Kevin Davis
- The Boss Is Back (1987) - Kevin Davis
- Men Who Hate Men Who Hate Women (1987) - Kevin Davis
- George's Dream Girl (1987) - Kevin Davis
- My Friend, Dad (1987) - Kevin Davis
- The Return of Monty (1987) - Kevin Davis
- Kooper with a K (1987) - Kevin Davis
1987
Student Exchange (TV Movie) as
Neil Barton / Adriano Parbritzzi
1987
Brothers (TV Series) as
Walter
- Penny and the Hard Hat (1987) - Walter
1987
Hard Knocks (TV Series) as
Chad
- Captain Justice (1987) - Chad
1987
The Allnighter as
Bellhop
1987
Gimme a Break! (TV Series) as
Eric
- Parents' Week: Part 2 (1987) - Eric
- Parents' Week: Part 1 (1987) - Eric
1987
Radio Days as
Crooner
1986
Lance et compte (TV Series) as
Anders Johansson
- Episode #1.13 (1986) - Anders Johansson
- Episode #1.12 (1986) - Anders Johansson
- Episode #1.11 (1986) - Anders Johansson
- Episode #1.10 (1986) - Anders Johansson
- Episode #1.9 (1986) - Anders Johansson
Producer
2022
Tár (producer - produced by)
2006
Little Children (producer)
2006
Open Window (executive producer)
2001
In the Bedroom (producer)
1998
Broken Vessels (co-producer)
Camera Department
2022
Tár (camera operator - uncredited)
2006
Little Children (camera operator - uncredited)
2001
In the Bedroom (camera operator - uncredited)
1995
Nonnie & Alex (Short) (camera operator)
1993
When I Was a Boy (Short) (additional camera operator)
Soundtrack
2022
Tár (writer: "Apartment for Sale")
1998
Broken Vessels (performer: "Grass Skirt Girl Ditty") / (writer: "Grass Skirt Girl Ditty")
1993
Ruby in Paradise (performer: "Hosannah Chorale: Heilig ist Gott der Vater")
1989
Gross Anatomy (writer: "David's Theme")
Assistant Director
1993
Delivering (Short) (as William Field)
1993
The Tree (Short) (as William Field)
Composer
1998
Broken Vessels
1993
The Dog (Short)
Music Department
1996
Twister (performer: "Oklahoma")
1989
Gross Anatomy (performer: "David's Theme")
Sound Department
1991
The Rapture (additional boom operator)
Thanks
2018
Wild Wild Country (TV Mini Series documentary) (special thanks - 6 episodes)
- Part 6 (2018) - (special thanks)
- Part 5 (2018) - (special thanks)
- Part 4 (2018) - (special thanks)
- Part 3 (2018) - (special thanks)
- Part 2 (2018) - (special thanks)
- Part 1 (2018) - (special thanks)
2014
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Documentary) (very special thanks)
1997
Lovelife (thanks)
Self
2023
The Oscars (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
2023
38th Film Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee & Accepting for Florian Hoffmeister
2023
The Filmmakers Podcast (Podcast Series) as
Self
- Tár - Todd Field talks directing and writing his Cate Blanchett starring Oscar nominated feature film (2023) - Self
2023
43rd London Critics' Circle Film Awards (TV Special) as
Self
2022
The Big Picture (Podcast Series) as
Self - Guest
- 'Tár' Is the Movie of 2022. Here's Why. (2022) - Self - Guest
2022
IMDb on the Scene - Interviews (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Tár (2022) - Self - Guest
2014
Kubrick Remembered (Documentary) as
Self
2014
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Documentary) as
Self - Batboy
2012
Stanley Kubrick in Focus (Short) as
Self
2007
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
2007
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
2007
Charlie Rose (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- John F. Burns/Hilary Swank/Todd Field (2007) - Self - Guest
2006
Shootout (TV Series) as
Self
- Kate Winslet (2006) - Self
2006
The 16th Annual Gotham Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
2006
Secret's Out (TV Series) as
Self - Guest
- Little Children (2006) - Self - Guest
2002
The 74th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee
2002
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Winner
2002
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special documentary) as
Self - Nominee
2001
Siskel & Ebert (TV Series) as
Self
- The Million Dollar Hotel/The Invisible Circus/Head Over Heels (2001) - Self
1994
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Nominee & Accepting for Ashley Judd

References

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