Gill Dennis

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Gill Dennis
Born(1941-01-25)January 25, 1941
DiedMay 13, 2015(2015-05-13) (aged 74)
Occupation Director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1973–2015
(m. 1968;div. 1984)

Kristen Peckinpah Dennis

Gill Dennis (January 25, 1941 – May 13, 2015) was an American director and screenwriter. [1] [2] He was the son of psychologist Wayne Dennis, author of "The Hopi Child."


Early life

Dennis graduated from AFI Conservatory’s first class (in 1969), which also included Tom Rickman, Terrence Malick, David Lynch and Caleb Deschanel. [3]

Personal life and death

His first wife was actress Elizabeth Hartman, whom he divorced in 1984. He died in Portland, Oregon, and is survived by his wife, Kristen Peckinpah Dennis, and two sons.



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  1. Gill Dennis, Screenwriter on 'Walk the Line,' Dies at 74
  2. Gill Dennis, Oscar-nominated co-writer of 'Walk the Line,' dies in Portland
  3. "Gill Dennis, 'Walk the Line' Screenwriter, Dies at 74". Variety. May 16, 2015. Retrieved May 16, 2015.