John Irvin (born May 7, 1940) is an English film director. Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, he began his career by directing a number of documentaries and television works, including the BBC adaptation of John le Carré’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Also, he made several action films in the 1980s including The Dogs of War (1980), Raw Deal (1986), Hamburger Hill (1987) and Next of Kin (1989). In the 1990s and 2000s, Irvin directed films such as Robin Hood (1991), When Trumpets Fade (1998), Shiner (2000) and The Moon and the Stars (2007).
Irvin directed his first films in the 1960s, such as Gala Day (1963), “Carousella” 1965, the made-for-TV movie East of Howerd (1966), Bedtime (1967), and Mafia No! (1967). In the 1970s, Irvin directed exclusively for television, including drama episodes and made-for-TV movies. In the mid-1970s, he made Possessions (1974) and Haunted: The Ferryman (1974), and the pilot for The Nearly Man (1974) and seven episodes over… read more