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Born on March 15th 1959 in Riihimaki Finland Renny Harlin has established himself as one of Hollywoods most well-known filmmakers both as a director and a producer with extraordinary vision whose work covers drama comedy action and suspense in both film and television After directing the low budget low-fare movie Born American in 1986 starring legendary actor Chuck Norris Harlin leaped into Hollywood productions with the chiller Prison 1988 yet compared to his later directorial efforts that film was quite forgettable However his initial success came with a franchise picture A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 The Dream Master was the directors first success which at the time of its release in 1988 was the highest grossing independent film ever made the budget was only 65 million and the film took in nearly 50 millions In fact this film outgrossed any of the previous and future sequels of the franchise In 1990 following that films success Harlin was given the opportunity to create the much-anticipated Die Hard 2 sequel The film was a box office smash and helped establish him as one of the finest action directors of all time In 1993 he struck gold again with the Sylvester Stallone-starred Cliffhanger that ended up becoming one of the highest grossing films of 1993 Harlin made his debut as a producer in 1991 with the critically acclaimed drama Rambling Rose which received several Oscar nominations His credits as a producer includes the TV-movie courtroom drama Mistrial 1996 and the romantic comedy Blast from the Past 1999 Harlin seemed to have hit a loosing streak when he began to team up with his ex-wife Geena Davis on several film projects Together with their production company The Forge they made the romantic comedy Speechless 1994 with Michael Keaton The next year they collaborated on the mega disaster Cutthroat Island 1995 and in 1996 worked together on the criminally underrated but financially disappointing action flick The Long Kiss Goodnight
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