RANDAL KLEISER BIOGRAPHY :
John Randal Kleiser (born July 20, 1946) is an American film and television director, producer, screenwriter and actor, best known for directing the 1978 musical romantic-comedy film Grease.
Kleiser was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the son of Harriet Kelly (née Means) and John Raymond Kleiser. Kleiser attended Radnor High School.As a freshman at the University of Southern California, Kleiser appeared in George Lucas’ student film Freiheit. (Kleiser also lived in the house that Lucas was renting at the time.) Kleiser graduated in 1968. His award-winning Master’s thesis film Peege launched his career and was selected for preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2007. Kleiser directed several television movies in the mid-1970s, including 1975’s Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and 1976’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, which starred John Travolta. Kleiser then was tapped to direct his first feature film, the 1978 film Grease, in large part because of Travolta’s recommendation based on their work together on The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Kleiser directed several more feature films, including The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers (1982) with Daryl Hannah, Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Jamie Lee Curtis, Flight of the Navigator (1986), featuring the first use of digital morphing in a film, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), White Fang (1991) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992). In London, Kleiser directed the comedy Getting It Right (1989), starring Jesse Birdsall, Lynn Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks and Sir John Gielgud. In 1996, he wrote and directed It’s My Party, starring Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Lee Grant, Bruce Davison, George Segal and Marlee Matlin. As a writer-producer, he was responsible for the surfing film North Shore (1987) for Universal Pictures. He also directed the thriller Shadow of Doubt (1998) with Melanie Griffith and Tom Berenger. Working in 70mm 3-D, he directed Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (1995) for the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo and Paris, re-teaming with most of the principal actors from Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. His television movies include The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976) with John Travolta, the Emmy-Award-winning The Gathering (1977) and Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976). He has taught a graduate workshop at USC and Masters Directing Classes for European students at film festivals in Deuville and Sarlat, and Malaga. He serves as a judge on the Student Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and, as chairman of the Academic Subcommittee for the Directors Guild of America, he inaugurated a videoconferencing program to connect film classes with working directors. Working with the Graphics Lab at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, he helped develop a digital Cinerama-like process called Vistarama HD. Kleiser was the main force in planning and filming Red Riding Hood (2004/2006). The work broke new ground in digital cinematography through the extensive use of interactive virtual sets. During 2006 in Lisbon, this movie was released for its debut at the 1st International Digital Cinema Festival. Kleiser’s house was used in the film Scream 3. Kleiser was inducted into Radnor High School’s Hall of Fame on October 20, 2006. Kleiser was Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts’ Filmmaker in Residence for Fall 2010. Randal Kleiser is openly gay.