Roger Spottiswoode Bio - Director, Writer And Editor

BY PALISTHA Updated on 16 March, 2021

Roger Spottiswoode is a British-Canadian filmmaker who is best known for his movie, Hard Times. Image Source: Social Media.

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Birth Name John Roger Spottiswoode
Birth Day 01/05/1945
Birth place Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Zodiac Sign Capricon
Nationality Canadian-British
Profession Writer, Director, Producer
Parents Raymond Spottiswoode
Children Lily Spottiswoode and Spencer Spottiswoode
Eye color Blue
Hair Color Grey

Canadian-British filmmaker Roger Spottiswoode is famous for the projects that he has made since the 1960s. He has work ranges from feature films to documentaries, many of which he wrote and directed himself. Some of his notable projects include Tomorrow Never DiesUnder Fire, and 48 Hrs.

As a well-known filmmaker, Roger Spottiswoode's works have been talked about for years by many people. And now, many are eager to know more about the man himself.

Early Life And Family

John Roger Spottiswoode was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on January 5, 1945, but grew up in England. His father, Raymond Spottiswoode, was also involved in the movie business as he worked as a film theoretician at the National Film Board of Canada. He used to direct short films in the 1940s, like Wings of a Continent.

Roger Spottiswoode Family.

While the talented director's works have gained much attention from the public, information about Spottiswoode's childhood and other family members are still a mystery. As mentioned in IMDb, Roger Spottiswoode's father, Raymond, died in 1970 at the age of fifty-seven. Roger must have been in his mid-twenties during this time.

Roger Spottiswoode Net Worth And Career

Roger Spottiswoode followed in his father's footsteps and started his career in the film industry in 1966. He joined the British film industry as a trainee editor under John Bloom. He edited movies and documentaries, including Hard TimesThe Gambler, and Straw Dogs, in the early 1970s.

After this, Roger showed his interest in directing films and, with the advice of Walter Hill, started to write a script himself. The pair collaborated on various scripts, including the never-made The Last Gun. He then started his directing journey with the 1980 film Terror Train.

Since then, Spottiswoode has directed numerous films, documentaries, and television movies. He directed films like Tomorrow Never DiesUnder Fire48 Hrsand The 6th Day. Many of these movies did well at the box-office, and some of their worldwide collection are listed below:

Films Worldwide Collection
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper $3.702M
Under Fire $5.69M
Shoot to Kill $29.3M
Tomorrow Never Dies $333.01M
The 6th Day $96.085M
The Children of Huang Shi $7.78M
The Journey Home $3.01M
A Street Cat Named Bob $16.05M

As seen above, many of these movies earned millions worldwide. As a result, Roger Spottiswoode's net worth must have heavily benefitted from the earnings. The filmmaker was also a producer and executive producer in a few documentaries and short films, which undoubtedly helped increase his total income.

Roger Spottiswoode's Marriage And Children

Roger Spottiswoode was previously married to American journalist and former actress Holly Palance for about fourteen years. Holly is the daughter of Jack Palance, an actor, and his wife, Virginia Baker. The couple of Roger and Holly wedded on the 9th of April, 1983, and became parents to two children. However, their marriage did not last long, and the former couple divorced in 1997.

Roger Spottiswoode's children with his ex-wife Holly Palance are Lily Spottiswoode and Spencer Spottiswoode. His daughter was born on the 29th of January, 1987, as Lily Cheyenne Spottiswoode, while his son, Spencer, was born on the 18th of April, 1989, as John Spencer Barlow Spottiswoode.

Among Spottiswoode's children, Lily followed in her parents' footsteps and is a part of the entertainment business. She is credited as an associate producer in the show 16 and Pregnant and has even starred in few projects. While Roger is no longer together with Holly, he shares a close relationship with his children.


  • Roger Spottiswoode was nominated for an Emmy Awards for the tv-movie And the Band Played On.
  • He won numerous other awards in festivals, including Hamptons International Film Festival, Montréal World Film Festival, and Cognac Festival du Film Policier.
  • He has a nephew, Angus Spottiswoode, who has edited numerous movies and television series.

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Published on 08 September, 2020

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