Taylor Hackford’s Net Worth. Who is Helen Mirren’s husband?

• Taylor Hackford is an American film producer and director with a net worth of $30 million
• He graduated from the University of Southern California and worked as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Bolivia
• He has married three times and is currently married to British actress Helen Mirren
• His most notable projects include “An Officer and a Gentleman” in 1982 and “Ray” in 2004
• Helen Mirren has won multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of Birth December 31, 1944
Spouse Helen Mirren (m. 1997), Lynne Littman (m. 1977–1982)
Fact Married Helen Mirren on New Year’s Eve 1997, his 53rd birthday.

Taylor Edwin Hackford was born on 31 December 1944, so he’s 74 years-old and his zodiac sign is Capricorn. He is a noted American film producer and director who also served as the chairman of the American Directors Guild. For “Teenage Father”, released in 1979, he won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Some of his most renowned projects include “An Officer and a Gentleman” in 1982, and “Ray” made in 2004, with the latter being nominated for the Best Director Academy Award and Best Picture Academy Award. Being successful in his field, Taylor is often under the spotlight, and people are interested to find out more about his private life, family and income, and those are the subjects we’ll cover in this article.

Net Worth

So just how rich is Taylor Hackford as of late 2019? According to authoritative sources, this producer and director has a net worth of $30 million, with his wealth being accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned fields. However, he hasn’t spoken about his assets, such as houses and vehicles, but is  able to support himself and his family financially.

Early Life and Background

Taylor was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, the son of Mary and Joseph Hackford. As of his education, in 1968 he graduated from the University of Southern California, where he was a minor pre-law student, concentrating on international relations and economics.

Having graduated, Taylor worked as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in Bolivia, where in his free time he started using Super 8 cameras – Fellow Peace Corps volunteer, Steve Ball, bought him the camera as a gift.

He ultimately decided not to pursue law, but instead took a job on KCET-TV – although as he stated, he never went to film school – where he was the associate producer of the Leon Russell special “Homewood”. Working for KCET, in 1973 he produced the one-hour special about the poet Charles Bukowski. Taylor looks well put together at events he attends indicating that he puts time and effort into the way he presents himself.

Relationship Status

Hackford has married three times. In 1967, he married Georgie Lowres, and the couple had one son, Rio Hackford, born in 1970. However, their relationship fell through and they divorced in 1972. He then married Lynne Littman in 1977 and had his second child, a son named Alexander Hackford in 1979; they remained together until 1987. In 1997, Taylor married actress Helen Mirren, whom he met while working as a director for “White Nights”. The actor jokingly stated that their first meeting didn’t go well, as he kept her waiting to audition for the mentioned project.

“It was a strange way to meet Helen, because she is a lovely person, but she didn’t hold back her fury”. The couple resides on Lake Tahoe’s Nevada side, and they seem to be living a happy and prosperous life together, which is all that really matters.

The director was a subject of a controversy in 2009, when he signed a petition in favor of Roman Polanski, asking for his release after being arrested in Switzerland in connection with his 1977 drug charge and the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl.

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford


Taylor made his debut in producing in 1971, when he worked on “Boboquivari” and shortly afterwards directed “Economic Love-In”. In 1980, he wrote “The Idolmaker”, which began his meteoric rise to fame – the movie featured Ray Sharkey, who would be rewarded with a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Vinnie in the movie. “To me, the compelling story in The Idolmaker is the guy with a wonderful talent and a fairly strong ego has to make it happen through puppets”, Hackford said about his project.

As of 1982, he directed “An Officer and a Gentleman”, a romantic drama movie with Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr. in the starring roles. For his part in the movie, Gossett received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, becoming the first African American actor to achieve that. As of 1993, Taylor had another important project, producing “Blood In, Blood Out”. In 2004, he produced “Ray” – the movie which follows the life of singer Ray Charles, received critical acclaim, with most of the praise going to actor Jamie Foxx, who was presented with the Academy Award for Best Actor.

However, many believed that the film suffered from a weak script, enhanced by strong performances. In one interview in 2005, Hackford stated that he never watches his own movies, adding that once he finishes them, he puts them away and never looks at them. “Occasionally I do now, because of the DVDs and the commentary tracks. I usually put it aside and go onto the next.” His most recent projects include “Love Ranch”, “Parker”, “Company Town” and “The Comedian”. Overall, Hackford has had 25 gigs as a director, and 28 as a producer and we believe there is a lot to come for him, as he’s hardworking and dedicated despite being in the eighth decade of his life.

Wife Helen Mirren

The British actress and Hackford’s wife, Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, was born on 26 July 1945, meaning that she’s 74 years old and her zodiac sign is Leo. Mirren started her professional career in 1967, joining Royal Shakespeare Company, and is one of the few artists who have won the Triple Crown of Acting. For her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”, Helen won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, and was also rewarded with both Olivier Award for Best Actress and the Tony Award for Best Actress.

Besides that, she has received Academy Award nominations for her work in “The Madness of King George” in 1994, “Gosford Park” (2001), as well as for “The Last Station” in 2009. Mirren was rewarded with three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994, and two Emmy Awards all for her portrayal of a police detective in the British television show Prime Suspect, which aired from 1991 to 2006. With her role in the miniseries “Elizabeth I” in 2005, she won yet another Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

General Info

Full Name Taylor Hackford
Date Of Birth December 31, 1944
Height 1.88 m
Profession Screenwriter, Television producer, Filmmaker, Film producer, Film director, Television Director
Education University of Southern California
Nationality American


Spouse Helen Mirren (m. 1997), Lynne Littman (m. 1977–1982)
Children Rio Hackford, Alexander Hackford
Parents Joseph Hackford, Mary Hackford


Awards Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Satellite Award for Best Director, David di D…
Movies Parker, The Devil’s Advocate, Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman, Love Ranch, Proof of Life, White Nights, Dolores Claiborne, Blood In Blood Out, Against All Odds, The Idolmaker, Everybody’s All-American, The Comedian, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, Teenage Father, La Bamba, When We Were Kings, Mortal Thou…

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# Quote
1 You’ve got to respect the script’s integrity. The changes you make should complement the project instead of fighting it… the bottom line of any film is the script.
2 In terms of input, I think that when the director gets involved, the script usually changes a bit. It’s written from a particular point of view, and the director’s the one to visualize it, interpret what the story is up on the screen. I just think that those people who say well, the script is incidental, its all my stamp and so forth, are full of baloney.
3 Russell Crowe is very difficult, but it’s worth it. He’s the real thing. I can tell you this. Russell Crowe was just as difficult before he was an international star as he was afterwards.
4 You’d be surprised how many movie stars still care about the work.
5 When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
6 The director’s job should give you a sense of music without drawing attention to itself.
7 Well I don’t think I’ve scored my life exclusively to Ray Charles.
8 We all get paid very, very well, and we have responsibilities.
9 I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
10 This devil loves mankind because men are going to always make the choice that will send him into ascendancy. He’s been winning the game for a long time.
11 The SAS is the most elite of the special forces in the world. They are not people who go out and advertise; they keep it inside. They don’t want anybody to know about them.
12 Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I’ve worked in the music business.
13 I’m not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They’ve got to take control; I can’t act it out.
14 I try to get the best performance an actor can give.
15 I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
16 But the process of making a film is not glamorous. Certainly not my films.
17 I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that.
18 I make films about working class people.
19 It’s much easier to work with an unknown.
20 Show business is one of those things that people can use to get themselves out of the lower rung of society.
21 Ray Charles, in his own way, it’s like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
22 Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It’s an incredible performance.
23 If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.
24 My creative partner is a writer, and he’s got an executive producing credit on this film. We’ve made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
25 It’s very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you’re always fighting is ego.
26 But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you’re not so talented.
27 Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it’s possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes – clashes of ego.
28 And it’s a question of how far we’re willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.
29 It isn’t glamorous until after the film is finished, and you are at the premiere and getting your picture on the cover of magazines.
30 The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.
31 It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.
32 But a writer’s contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that’s what being a director is.
33 An actor has to embody a role.


# Fact
1 Served in the Peace Corps.
2 Has directed three actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Louis Gossett Jr., Debra Winger, and Jamie Foxx. Gossett and Foxx won Oscars for their performances.
3 Met third wife Helen Mirren when he directed her in White Nights (1985).
4 Was named new president of the Director’s Guild in July 2009.
5 Married Helen Mirren on New Year’s Eve 1997, his 53rd birthday.
6 Son of Mary and Joseph Hackford.
7 He and his wife have houses in Los Angeles, the South of France, London and have an estate in New Orleans.
8 He, his ex-wife Lynne Littman and his wife Helen Mirren are all Oscar-winners.
9 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2001.
10 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2000.
11 He started as a documentary-maker for public TV in LA.
12 Graduate of Santa Barbara High School.
13 Stages exciting and energetic musical numbers.
14 Father of actor Rio Hackford (b. 1970), with Georgie Lowres, and Alexander Hackford (b. 1979), with Lynne Littman.
15 Graduated from USC School of International Relations
16 Before marrying Helen Mirren in 1997, he had lived with her in Los Angeles since 1986.
17 Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1968)




Title Year Status Character
Bitter 2018 producer pre-production
The Comedian 2016 producer
A Place to Stand 2014 Documentary executive producer
Parker 2013 producer
Company Town 2013 TV Movie executive producer
Love Ranch 2010 producer
E-Ring 2005 TV Series executive producer – 1 episode
Genius: A Night for Ray Charles 2004 TV Special executive producer
Ray 2004/I producer
Proof of Life 2000 producer
G:MT Greenwich Mean Time 1999 producer
The Devil’s Advocate 1997 executive producer
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary producer
Dolores Claiborne 1995 producer
The Works III 1994 TV Movie segment producer
Blood In, Blood Out 1993 producer
Defenseless 1991 executive producer
Sweet Talker 1991 executive producer
Mortal Thoughts 1991 executive producer
Queens Logic 1991 executive producer
The Long Walk Home 1990 executive producer
Rooftops 1989 executive producer
Everybody’s All-American 1988 producer
La Bamba 1987 producer
White Nights 1985 producer
Against All Odds 1984 producer
Bukowski 1973 Documentary producer
Boboquivari 1971 TV Series documentary associate producer – 1 episode


Title Year Status Character
Parker 2013
Company Town 2013 TV Movie
Love Ranch 2010
E-Ring 2005 TV Series 1 episode
Ray 2004/I
The Lionel Richie Collection 2003 Video documentary video “Say You, Say Me”
Proof of Life 2000
The Devil’s Advocate 1997
Dolores Claiborne 1995
Blood In, Blood Out 1993
Everybody’s All-American 1988
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll 1987 Documentary
A Tribute to Rick Nelson 1986 TV Movie documentary
White Nights 1985
Lionel Richie: Say You, Say Me 1985 Video short
Against All Odds 1984
Phil Collins: Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) 1984 Video short
An Officer and a Gentleman 1982
The Idolmaker 1980
Teenage Father 1978 Short
Bukowski 1973 Documentary
Economic Love-In 1973 TV Movie
George and Tammy 2018 pre-production
The Comedian 2016
Dangerous Liaisons 2014 TV Movie


Title Year Status Character
Ray 2004/I story
The Idolmaker 1980 written by – uncredited
Teenage Father 1978 Short writer
Bukowski 1973 Documentary writer


Title Year Status Character
California Entertainment Weekly 2005 TV Series Hollywood Film Director, Former President of the Directors Guild of America
To Grandma with Love 2003 Short Director


Title Year Status Character
The Comedian 2016 arranger: “Siman Tov! U’Mazal Tov!” / writer: “Eddie’s Home”

Assistant Director

Title Year Status Character
Queens Logic 1991 second unit director


Title Year Status Character
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary


Title Year Status Character
S Is for Stanley 2015 Documentary thanks
Hot Flash 2008 Documentary special thanks
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Some Mother’s Son 1996 special thanks
Bienvenido-Welcome 1994 special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Becoming Iconic 2018 completed Himself
Johnnie Be Good announced Himself
Untitled Geraldine Page Documentary Documentary post-production Himself
WGN Morning News 2017 TV Series Himself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself – Audience Member
Il mistero di Dante 2014 Himself
CinemAbility 2013 Documentary Himself
The American Cinematheque Tribute to Jerry Bruckheimer 2013 TV Movie Himself
A Cultural Celebration 2013 Documentary short Himself
An Appreciation of Les Blank by Taylor Hackford 2013 Documentary short Himself
Parker: Broken Necks and Bloody Knuckles 2013 Video short Himself
The Origin of ‘Parker’ 2013 Video short Himself
Who Is ‘Parker’? 2013 Video short Himself
Bringing the Hunter to Life: The Making of ‘Parker’ 2013 Video short Himself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself – Audience Member (uncredited)
Casting By 2012 Documentary Himself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Himself – Guest
Ray Charles America 2010 Documentary Himself
Hollywood’s Best Film Directors 2010 TV Series Himself – Interviewee / Film Director
Charlie Rose 1997-2010 TV Series Himself – Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2010 TV Series Himself
The View 2010 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2010 TV Series Himself
KTLA Morning News 2010 TV Series Himself
Doctor Zhivago: A Celebration 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
Shootout 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
Kings of Rock ‘n’ Roll 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself – Director, ‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’
E! True Hollywood Story 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Brando: An Icon Is Born 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
An Officer and a Gentleman: 25 Years Later 2007 Video documentary short Himself
The Music of ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ 2007 Video documentary short Himself – Director
The 12th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2007 TV Special Himself – Audience Member (uncredited)
Budd Boetticher: An American Original 2005 Video documentary Himself
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That 2005 TV Movie documentary Interviewee
36th NAACP Image Awards 2005 TV Special Himself – Winner
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself – Nominee: Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The 10th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Pas de Deux: Making ‘White Nights’ 2004 Video documentary short Himself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Score 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bukowski: Born into This 2003 Documentary Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
HBO First Look 2000 TV Series documentary short Himself – Director / Producer
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
First Works 1989 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Annual Variety Club’s Big Heart Awards 1986 TV Special Himself


Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2016 Capri Legend Award Capri, Hollywood
2011 Filmmaker Award Cinema Audio Society, USA
2007 Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award Directors Guild of America, USA
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media Ray (2004)
2005 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film, Drama Ray (2004)
2005 Capri Legend Award Capri, Hollywood
2005 Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing San Francisco International Film Festival
1993 Best Director Award Tokyo International Film Festival Bound by Honor (1993)
1983 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Director of the Year
1979 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Short Film, Live Action Teenage Father (1978)
1979 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Short Films Teenage Father (1978)
1974 CINE Golden Eagle CINE Competition Documentary Bukowski (1973)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Motion Picture of the Year Ray (2004)
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing Ray (2004)
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director Ray (2004)
2005 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Ray (2004)
2005 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Ray (2004)
2005 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Ray (2004)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director Ray (2004)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Documentary Picture When We Were Kings (1996)
1995 Tokyo Grand Prix Tokyo International Film Festival Dolores Claiborne (1995)
1993 Tokyo Grand Prix Tokyo International Film Festival Bound by Honor (1993)
1983 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
1980 Gold Hugo Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature The Idolmaker (1980)

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