An Edmonton born director who went on to become the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has died. Arthur Hiller was 92, and passed away in Los Angeles today. Hiller grew up in Edmonton, graduating from Victoria High School, and attended the U of A.
After serving in the Air Force, he studied psychology at the University of Toronto, and law at the University of British Columbia. He went into directing though, and worked at CBC before being hired by NBC.
He directed many TV shows including Gunsmoke, the Rifleman, Ben Casey and Route 66 before moving to movies in the 60’s. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing Love Story in 1970.
Arthur Hiller proposed to his wife Gwen, also from Edmonton, when they were 8 years old…but they waited until their mid 20’s to get married… She passed away in June of this year. (eb)
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