Birth Name: John McTiernan
Birth Place: Albany, New York, USA
Born on Jan. 8, 1951 in Albany, NY, McTiernan attended the Julliard School in New York, where he studied acting with the illustrious John Houseman. He later went across the country to attend the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and study directing on a fellowship. He helmed a few shorts, including "Watcher," before spending the next decade writing and directing some 200-odd commercials. McTiernan made the segue into features with "Nomads," a supernatural thriller about a French anthropologist (Pierce Brosnan) who moves to Los Angeles and is followed by the evil spirits of an extinct tribe he uncovered, earning the director substantial recognition at Cannes. McTiernan was sure to parlay...