Jonathan Kaplan

1947

Jonathan Kaplan was born in Paris, France, to film composer Sol Kaplan and actress Frances Heflin (the sister of actor Van Heflin and a regular on ABC's soap opera All My Children (1970). He started his career as a child actor in the Broadway production of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," directed by Elia Kazan. He also performed as a child in Elaine May's improvisational theatre, and worked with Martin Ritt in "The Molly Maguires" and 'Arthur Hiller (I)' in "Plaza Suite." Kaplan earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago and attended New York University's Film School, where he made a short film entitled Stanley, Stanley (1965), which won the grand prize in the National Student Film Festival. While at NYU Kaplan cut a film for PBS and worked at the Fillmore East. He then received a call from Roger Corman, who offered him a chance to direct his first Hollywood film, Night Call Nurses (1972). Kaplan displayed sufficient resourcefulness on a severely restricted budget to be given an

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