Gordon Boos

Writer, helmer

Writer-director H. Gordon Boos died April 3 in Oswego, Ill., after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 45.

Born in Glen Ellyn, Ill., Boos become a leading assistant director after moving to L.A. He worked with directors including Francis Coppola, Oliver Stone, Norman Jewison and Ron Shelton.

Among his credits as assistant director are “Valley Girl,” “The Rookie,” “Tin Cup,” “The Godfather: Part III” and “Platoon.”

Boos was twice nominated for DGA honors and was part of the crew for Oliver Stone’s 1986 win for “Platoon.” He also assistant directed over 100 commercials and musicvideos.

Boos directed four feature films: “The Vivero Letter,” “Perfect Assassins,” “Touch Me” and “Red Surf.” In addition, Gordon had writing credits on “Touch Me” and “Red Surf.”

Boos is survived by his son, his mother and a sister.

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