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John McTiernan
John McTiernan

January 8, 1951


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John McTiernan


John McTiernan (born January 8, 1951) is an American film director who directed the 1987 film Predator. Other notable films McTiernan has directed include the seminal action classic Die Hard (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).


Year Title Notes
1986 Nomads
1987 Predator
1988 Die Hard With George Christy, Robert Davi, Diana James, Henry Kingi and Carmine Zozzora
1990 The Hunt for Red October With Sven-Ole Thorsen
1992 Medicine Man
1993 Last Action Hero With William H. Burton, Jr., Charles Dance, Larry Ferguson, Henry Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen and Jean-Claude Van Damme
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance With Gerard G. Williams
1999 The 13th Warrior With Sven-Ole Thorsen
The Thomas Crown Affair
2002 Rollerball With George Christy and Oleg Taktarov
2003 Basic


  • The real-life goblin spider species Predatoroonops mctiernani is named after McTiernan; every member of the Predatoroonops genus has a name that references Predator, due to the perceived similarity between the spider's mouthparts and the Predator's mandibles.[1]



  1. Brescovit, Bonaldo, Santos, Ott & Rheims, 2012: The Brazilian goblin spiders of the new genus Predatoroonops (Araneae, Oonopidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, n. 370, pp. 1–68 (whole text).

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