Born in Pasadena, California,
and educated at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and the University
of California at Berkeley, Jim Wilson began making sports documentaries
in 1977. Since then, Wilson has produced and directed more than
25 motion pictures, garnishing critical acclaim for the Western
epic Dances with Wolves, winner of seven Academy Awards,
including Best Picture.
In 1988, Wilson partnered with Kevin Costner to form Tig Productions,
where the duo produced Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard,
Rapa Nui, Wyatt Earp, 500 Nations, The
Postman, Message in a Bottle, Mr. Brooks and
Wilsons directorial efforts span a variety of genres, starting
with his 1983 film Stacys Knights, starring Kevin
Costner. Wilson then directed Smart Alec (1986); Head
Above Water (1996), starring Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz;
Whirlygirl (2004), starring Monet Mazur and Julian Morris;
and Laffit All About Winning (2006), a documentary
chronicling the story of jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Wilson has worked
with legendary filmmakers and actors including Tony Scott, Lawrence
Kasdan, Kevin Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Gene Hackman, Whitney
Houston, William Hurt, Demi Moore and Paul Newman, to name a
few. Wilson has won numerous awards including an Oscar, Golden
Globe, Spirit Award and Producer of the Year Award.
As an equine lover, Wilson
has been an avid racehorse owner since 1992.