Oliver Stone has written or directed over 20 feature films, earning him a well-respected place in cinematic history. He has created some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Throughout his long career, which began at a young age writing short plays for his family, Oliver Stone has been widely recognised for his controversial versions of recent American history, some of them at deep odds with conventional myth. The list includes Platoon, the first of his Vietnam trilogy, JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Nixon. Stone says his films are "first and foremost dramas about individuals in personal struggles."
After a year at Yale University, Stone dropped out to teach at a Catholic high school in Saigon and in 1966, he joined the US Merchant Marine. He was awarded a Bronze Star for military heroism and a Purple Heart for his service. He has won two Academy Awards, including Best Director for Born on the Fourth of July, as well as two Golden Globes and an Emmy. He holds Honorary Doctorates from New York University and the Royal Academy of Music and Dance in Glasgow.