- Category : 1946-births
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 1/4 - Investigating / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 2
American film director and producer, best known for directing the 1978 musical romantic comedy film Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Kleiser directed several television movies in the mid-1970s, including Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1975) and The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), which starred Travolta. Kleiser was then tapped to direct his first feature film, the 1978 film Grease, in large part because of Travolta's recommendation based on their work together on The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.
Kleiser would go on to direct several more feature films, including The Blue Lagoon (1980) with Brooke Shields, Summer Lovers (1982) with Daryl Hannah, Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) with Jamie Lee Curtis, Flight of the Navigator (1986), featuring the first use of digital morphing in a film, Big Top Pee-wee (1988), White Fang (1991) and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992).
Kleiser was the marshalling force in planning and filming Red Riding Hood (2004/2006) which broke new ground in digital cinematography through the extensive use of interactive virtual sets.