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John Badham
Born John MacDonald Badham
25 August 1939 (1939-08-25) (age 70)
Luton, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Film director
Years active 1969 - present

John MacDonald Badham[1] (born August 25, 1939) is an American film director.



Badham was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, the son of Mary Iola (née Hewitt), an actress, and Henry Lee Badham, a business executive and U.S. Air Force General.[1] Badham was raised in the state of Alabama in the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen in 1950.[1] He attended Indian Springs School in Alabama and college at Yale University.

Badham had worked for television for years before his breakthrough with Saturday Night Fever in 1977. As well as numerous film credits, Badham has also directed and produced for TV, including credits for Rod Serling's Night Gallery and the A&E television series The Beast.

He is the older brother (by 13 years) of Mary Badham, Oscar nominated for her child-acting role in To Kill a Mockingbird. Brother and sister have never worked together on the same project, however. Even though she is younger, all of Mary's acting credits preceded John's film/television credits by several years. John's former wife, veteran model Jan Speck, 15 years his junior, has had assorted cameo roles in many of his projects, starting in the 1980s.



  • Badham, John (2006). I’ll Be in My Trailer. Michael Wiese Productions. ISBN 1932907149.  


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