"Well, they wanted to do Patriot Games, which had the villains as the Irish Republican Army. Both Alec [Baldwin] and I, as Irish-Americans, were a bit uncomfortable with that, since it's our heritage. They had another script (Clear and Present Danger) that both Alec and I wanted to do, and for various reasons we decided not to. With Die Hard, I guess I just found myself bumping heads with Joel Silver a lot."
―John McTiernan on not returning to direct Die Hard 2
John McTiernan
Personal information

Film Director

Date of birth

January 8, 1951

Place of birth

Albany, New York, USA

Years active


Die Hard

Director, Producer

Die Hard Movies

Die Hard
Die Hard with a Vengeance

Frist Movie

Die Hard

Last Movie

Die Hard with a Vengeance


Die Hard (Director)
Die Hard with a Vengeance (Director, Producer)

John McTiernan, Jr. (born January 8, 1951) is an American filmmaker.

Career[edit | edit source]

McTiernan is best known for his action films and most identifiable with the three films he directed back-to-back: Predator, Die Hard, and The Hunt for Red October along with later ones like Die Hard with a Vengeance, and The Thomas Crown Affair. More recently, McTiernan was in the news for his criminal conviction in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal. He has since been released from prison.

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