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David Anspaugh

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David Anspaugh
Born (1946-09-24) September 24, 1946 (age 73)
OccupationFilm director, producer
Known forFilm Director
Notable work
  • Rudy
  • Hoosiers
  • Tamara Kramer
    m. 1974; div. 1988)
  • (
    m. 1995; div. 1998)

David Anspaugh (born September 24, 1946) is an American television and film director.

Professional career

After earning a bachelor's degree from Indiana University Bloomington, Anspaugh moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he worked as a substitute teacher and ski instructor for several years.[1] He then enrolled in the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts.[2] His work as an associate producer on television films led to his producing and directing Hill Street Blues. He followed this with directing St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice before making his feature film directing debut with Hoosiers.[3] Hoosiers, a nostalgic sports drama about a small-town team winning the state basketball title in 1952, was nominated for two Academy Awards. It was named best sports film of all time by USA Today[4] and by ESPN's expert panel and website users.[5] Hoosiers also was named to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.[6]

Anspaugh's other feature-film directing credits include Fresh Horses, Rudy, Moonlight and Valentino, WiseGirls, The Game of Their Lives, and Little Red Wagon. He also has directed several TV movies.

In spring 2015 Anspaugh taught a class at Indiana University in directing for film and TV.[7]

In 2015, 2017, and 2019 he directed plays for the Bloomington Playwrights Project.[8] In 2017 he directed the musical Spring Awakening at Ivy Tech Bloomington.[9]

Personal life

Born in Decatur, Indiana, to Lawrence (local photographer) and Marie Anspaugh, he has a younger sister, Jane. He was married from 1974 to 1988 to cruise line sales manager Tamara Kramer.[10] They have a daughter, Vanessa. Anspaugh married Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey on November 24, 1995.[11] The couple had a daughter, Reilly Marie, on June 3, 1996. In 1997, Anspaugh was clinically depressed and was treated at a rehabilitation clinic, which ultimately led to a breakdown of his marriage. Downey filed for divorce in March 1998, with it being finalized later that year.[12] After living in California for three decades, in June 2014 Anspaugh relocated to Bloomington, Indiana.[13]


Anspaugh received two Primetime Emmy Awards for producing Hill Street Blues and a Directors Guild of America Award for directing Hill Street Blues.[14]

On the night of the world premiere of Hoosiers in 1986, Anspaugh was named a Sagamore of the Wabash.[15] This is Indiana's highest civilian honor, given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or governor. He was awarded Indiana's Governor's Arts Award in 1991.[16] In 1996 he received Indiana University's Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion for Distinguished Achievement.[17] The Indiana Historical Society named Anspaugh an Indiana Living Legend in 2011.[18] In 2013 Anspaugh was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.[19] He also received the Hall's Silver Medal Award, given in recognition of contributions to Indiana high school basketball by someone other than a high school player or coach.[20]


  1. ^ Mike Leonard, "Buddies: Filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh back in Bloomington where it all began", Bloom, October 2014
  2. ^ Mike Leonard, "Buddies: Filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh back in Bloomington where it all began", Bloom, October 2014
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (February 27, 1987). "FILM: GENE HACKMAN AS A COACH IN 'HOOSIERS'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Chris Chase, "Ranking the 25 greatest sports movies of all time", For the Win, November 11, 2015
  5. ^ "ESPN best sports movies"
  6. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing"
  7. ^ "Course Listing: PROJECTS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS". Indiana University Bloomington. 2015.
  8. ^ [1], Bloomington Playwrights Project
  9. ^ [2], Ivy Tech Student Productions
  10. ^ "David Anspaugh". Turner Classic Movies.
  11. ^ "Della Reese, Roma Downey and David Anspaugh".
  12. ^ PEOPLESTAFF225 (30 March 1998). "Fall from Grace". People. 49 (12).
  13. ^ Leonard, Mike (October–November 2014). "Buddies: Filmmakers Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh. Back in Bloomington where it all began" (PDF). Bloom Magazine. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  14. ^ [3], Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ "IHS Will Honor Indiana Living Legends at Gala", press release from the Indiana Historical Society, 2011
  16. ^ "IHS Will Honor Indiana Living Legends at Gala", press release from the Indiana Historical Society, 2011
  17. ^ [4], Indiana University Honors & Awards
  18. ^ "IHS Will Honor Indiana Living Legends at Gala", press release from the Indiana Historical Society, 2011
  19. ^ [5], Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame
  20. ^ "Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Honors 'Hoosiers'", WBUR, December 28, 2013

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