The Aviator is a 2004 American biographical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, written by John Logan, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It is the story of aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, drawn largely upon numerous sources including a biography by Charles Higham. The film centers on Hughes' life from the late 1920s to 1947, during which time he became a successful film producer and an aviation magnate while simultaneously growing more unstable due to severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Aviator was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning five, including one for actress Cate Blanchett. The film has several connections with Boardwalk Empire.
- Kevin O'Rourke guest stars as recurring character Edward Bader in Boardwalk Empire and plays Spencer Tracy The Aviator.
- Vince Giordano plays a bandleader in Boardwalk Empire and The Aviator.
- Martin Scorsese directed the series pilot "Boardwalk Empire" and directed The Aviator.
- Rick Yorn is a producer for Boardwalk Empire and was a producer for The Aviator.
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