Stone's mother was often absent and his father made a big impact on his life; father-son relationships were to feature heavily in Stone's films perhaps because of this.
He often spent parts of his summer vacations with his maternal grandparents in France, both in Paris and La Ferté-sous-Jouarre in Seine-et-Marne.
Stone loosely based Scarface on his own addiction to cocaine, which he successfully kicked while writing the screenplay.
Platoon brought Stone's name to a much wider audience.
Stone made a short, well received 12-minute film Last Year in Viet Nam.
He worked as a taxi driver, film production assistant, messenger, and salesman before making his mark in film as a screenwriter in the late 1970s, in the period between his first two films as a director: horror films Seizure and The Hand.
Stone's screenplay for Midnight Express was criticized by some for its inaccuracies in portraying the events described in the book and vilifying the Turkish people.
In 2007, a film industry vote ranked it at number 83 in an American Film Institute "AFI's 100 Years...
100 Movies" poll of the previous century's best American movies.
Stone also worked at 17 in the Paris mercantile exchange in sugar and cocoa — a job that proved inspirational to Stone for his film Wall Street. Afterwards, he worked as a wiper on a United States Merchant Marine ship in 1966, traveling to Oregon.
He returned to Yale, where he dropped out a second time (in part due to working on an autobiographical novel A Child's Night Dream, published 1997 by St. In April 1967, Stone enlisted in the United States Army and requested combat duty in Vietnam.