A Canadian film and television actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Hart Bochner is perhaps best known for his roles as a cold-blooded killer in Martin Donovan’s Apartment Zero (1988) and as Professor Solomon in John Ottman’s Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000). He also has appeared in such films as Islands in the Stream (1977), Breaking Away (1979), Rich and Famous (1981), Die Hard (1988), Mr. Destiny (1990), Anywhere But Here (1999), Speaking of Sex (2001), Investigating Sex (2001) and Say Nothing (2001). On television, the handsome, dark-haired actor has dotted his resume with numerous projects, most notably the mini-series “War and Remembrance” (1988), opposite Jane Seymour. Bochner and Seymour formerly worked in the miniseries “East of Eden” (1981) and “The Sun Also Rises” (1984).
Behind the camera, Bochner has directed the films PCU (1994) and High School High (1996). He also helmed, produced and wrote the 1992 short The Buzz, starring Jon Lovitz. After several year hiatus, he is scheduled to make a comeback with One Part Sugar (2007), a comedy film starring Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Justin Long and Tracy Middendorf.
Off camera, Bochner is a board member of the Environmental Media Awards. Currently, he sits on the Leadership Council of the DGA’s PAC Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association. A Canadian native, he divides his time between homes in France and Los Angeles.
Son of Actor
Childhood and Family:
In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hart Matthew Bochner was born on October 3, 1956, to renowned character actor Lloyd Bochner (born July 29, 1924), best remembered for playing roles in such television shows as “Hong Kong” (1960-1961), “Dynasty” and “1st and Ten: Bulls Mean Business” (1988-1989). He studied English at the University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California, and received his B.A in 1978. He then took formal training as an actor with Peggy Feury at the Loft Studio, staying from 1979 until 1985. Hart is the brother of Johanna Courtleigh and Paul Bochner, a film director.
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Originally interested in directing, Hart Bochner made his film debut in Oscar-winning director Franklin J. Schaffner’s drama Islands in the Stream (1977), playing the oldest son of George C Scott. He was spotted at an AFI open house in 1975 by the wife of Schaffner. After college, Bochner landed a supporting role as the preppie arch-rival to Dennis Christopher in the Academy Award-nominated sleeper Breaking Away (1979). It was a promising start for Bochner’s career, and he then could be seen as Doc, the menacing and devious medical student, in the Canadian thriller Terror Train (1980) and as a young journalist involved with the somewhat older Jacqueline Bisset in George Cukor’s final film, Rich and Famous (1981). Bochner’s next films, Supergirl and The Wild Life (both 1984), however, did nothing for his career.
Fortunately, Bochner scored success and more diverse roles on television. Making his TV film-bow in CBS’s Haywire (1979), where he portrayed the bothered son Bill Hayward, the actor then teamed up with Jane Seymour to play her adult son in the ABC miniseries “East of Eden” (1981) and portrayed the younger husband of Dyan Cannon in the hilarious Having It All (1982), an ABC film about a female bigamist. In 1984, he rejoined Jane Seymour for the NBC miniseries “Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’,” this time the two stared as the ill-fated lovers Lady Brett Ashley and Jake Barnes. Later, in 1988, the couple grouped as a husband and wife estranged by WWII in the epic ABC miniseries “War and Remembrance.”
Returning to the big screen, Bochner took on the supporting role of Don in Susan Seidelman’s Making Mr. Right (1987), starring John Malkovich and Ann Magnuson, and then delivered a brief, but notable, turn as sleazy yuppie businessman named Harry Ellis in the Bruce Willis vehicle Die Hard (1988). It was also in 1988 that Bochner undertook his first leading role in a feature, when Argentinean writer-director Martin Donovan had him play a sexually indistinct roommate of a Buenos Aires film theater owner (Colin Firth) in Apartment Zero. Bochner’s eye-catching turn as an assassin-turned-serial killer in the thriller movie is considered by many as his best.
After performances in TV films Fellow Traveller (1989) and Teach 109 (1990), Bochner collaborated with Jon Lovitz in the fantasy/comedy film Mr. Destiny (1990), which saw Bochner return to play the bad guy as dodgy executive Niles Pender, and reunited with director Martin Donovan in the little seen Mad at the Moon (1992). In between, he costarred opposite Richard Crenna and Rachel Ward in the CBS murder mystery And the Sea Will Tell (1991).
Though he went on to emerge in such TV projects as Complex of Fear (1993) and the CBS period drama Children of the Dust (1995), Bochner started to move toward a career behind the camera. He produced, penned and directed the short film The Buzz (1992), which starred Jon Lovitz, and two years later made his feature directorial debut with PCU, a rowdy though faulty look at “political precision” on college campuses that starred Jeremy Piven, Chris Young and Megan Ward. Next, he helmed the comedy film High School High (1996), which again starred Jon Lovitz and written by David Zucker, Robert N LoCash and Pat Proft. Back to acting, Bochner had an uncredited part in Warren Beatty’s Bulworth (1998), played the abusive husband of Bridget Fonda in Break Up (1998) and enjoyed a one-night stand with Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Bochner found victory with his role as Professor Solomon in the horror/thriller Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), John Ottman’s movie directing debut. Among his costars were Jennifer Morrisona and Matthew Davis. He next had a small role in the comedy/romance Speaking of Sex (2001), was featured in the Alan Rudolph-directed Investigating Sex (2001), costarred with Nastassja Kinski and William Baldwin in Say Nothing (2001) and supported Tanya Allen in the thriller Liberty Stands Still (2002). He also narrated the short Project Redlight (2002), starring Corey Feldman. On the small screen, Bochner play a role in the drama film Silicon Follies (2001), starred with Heather Locklear in the comedy Once Around the Park (2003) and teamed up with Dana Delany for the drama Baby for Sale (2004). He also appeared as guest star in such TV shows as “Night Visions” (2001), “Crossing Jordan” (2003) and “The Inside” (2005).
Bochner’s upcoming project is the comedy film One Part Sugar (2007), serving as director, writer and producer. The film will star Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Justin Long and Tracy Middendorf.