Born in New York City in 1946, Oliver Stone is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter and motion picture director. His 1986 Vietnam War film, "Platoon," based on his own combat experiences, won four Oscars, including best director and best picture. "Platoon" is considered by many to be the most realistic film portrayal of the Vietnam War. Stone dropped out of Yale University in 1967 to enlist in the U.S. Army. During a 15-month tour in Vietnam, he was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After his discharge, he attended New York University and graduated in 1971. His other films are "Seizure," "Midnight Express," "Wall Street," "Talk Radio," "Born on the Fourth of July," "The Doors," "JFK," "Heaven and Earth," "Natural Born Killers" and "Nixon."