July 10, 2008

Story Behind a Hollywood Player

By Rosalie Rayburn Journal Staff Writer

The California man of mystery behind Rio Rancho's latest film studio proposal is Steve Perry, aka Steve H. Perry and S.H. Perry.

His career in the m ov i e i n du s t r y stretches back more than 30 years, covering stints as an actor, stuntman, director, producer and more. Movie genres he's worked with span the spectrum from hearttugging dramas to heavy duty action flicks, including the "Lethal Weapon" series, according to the Internet Movie Database Web site.

His recent movies include being coproducer for the comedy "Bar Starz," and executive producer for the drama "Hole in the Paper Sky," starring Jessica Biel.

The Web site lists Perry as co-producer and unit production manager for the 1987 "Lethal Weapon" and second unit director and unit production manager on "Lethal Weapon 2" (1989). He was co- producer for "Lethal Weapon 3" (1992) and executive producer for "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). The films starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

In the action vein, he was co-producer for the 1990 Bruce Willis action flick "Die Hard 2" and second assistant director for Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" in 1976, which won three Oscar awards.

On the drama side, the IMDB Web site lists Perry, using the name Steven H. Perry, as first assistant director in the 1980 Oscar- winning film "Ordinary People," directed by Robert Redford. The movie starred Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore in a tense tale of a family's reaction to the death of a son.

Perry was second unit director, with Redford as director, in the 1992 drama "A River Runs Through It," which starred Brad Pitt.

In 1992, Perry directed an episode of the darkly humorous "Tales from the Crypt," also known as "HBO's Tales from the Crypt."

In the 1993 crime/drama/ roma nce t h r i l ler " T r ue Romance," Perry appeared as producer under the name Steve Perry and as S.H. Perry among the stunt folks.

The Web site lists Perry as an actor in the 1983 comedy "Off the Wall."

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