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Biography

Gene Quintano is an American screenwriter and film director. He did not originally planned on a film career. He was a successful salesman, and later owned an office supply company. A business partnership with film director Tony Anthony (1937-) led to them working together on the Western film "Comin' at Ya!" (1981), which was released in 3-D. The duo counted on the novelty aspect of 3-D on younger film fans, who had not experienced the 3-D craze of the 1950s. Thje film was released by Filmways, and became a surprise box office hit.

Quintano and Anthony next worked in Cannon Film's action adventure film "Treasure of the Four Crowns" (1983). The film was criticized as being overtly derivative "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981), including copying the scene with the rolling boulder. However, Cannon entrusted Quintano with scripting several other films, most notably the adventure film "King Solomon's Mines" (1985) and its sequel "Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold" (1986).

Quintano was next hired as a screenwriter for the then-popular comedy film series "Police Academy". He served as the only credited screenwriter in two of the series' films: "Police Academy 3: Back in Training" (1986) and "Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol" (1987).

Quiantano made his directing debut with the spy comedy "Honeymoon Academy" (1989). He also directed the caper film "Why Me?" (1990) the parody film "Loaded Weapon 1" (1993), and the Western film "Dollar for the Dead" (1998). He also continued work as screenwriter, most notably in the Vietnam War-themed war comedy "Operation Dumbo Drop" (1995). His last known script was for the comedy film "Funky Monkey" (2004).