|The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||n/a||20017|
|Sleepwalkers||1998 1997 - 1998||Co-Producer||n/a||1|
|The Practice||1998 1995 - 1998||Story Editor||n/a||1|
|I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||1998||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|Rules of Engagement||2000||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|American Gothic||1997 1995 - 1997||Story Editor||n/a||1|
|NYPD Blue||1998 1995 - 1998||Writer||n/a||1|
|New York Undercover||1998 1994 - 1998||Writer||n/a||1|
|Served as co-producer on the extremely short-lived (two episode) run of the NBC series "Sleepwalkers"; also co-wrote episodes|
|With Michael R Perry, served as story editor and teleplay writer for the short-lived CBS series "American Gothic"|
|While attending college in Massachusetts, began catalog company called Fallen Empire Inc; company eventually failed|
|Helmed the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer and starring George Clooney and Matt Damon; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay|
|Was on writing staff of the ABC drama "NYPD Blue"; shared Emmy award for the "Where's Swaldo?" episode; Perry also contributed to award-winning script|
|Raised in Louisville, Kentucky|
|Arrested on felony drug charges for possession of cocaine and heroin in October; later pleaded guilty to lesser charges of drug possession; sentenced to conditional discharge|
|Settled in L.A.|
|Feature film debut as screenwriter, "Rules of Engagement"|
|Made feature directorial debut with "Abandon"; also scripted|
|Served as executive story editor and occasional writer on the ABC drama series "The Practice"; continued collaboration with Michael R Perry|
|Moved to NYC|
|Penned the screenplay for "Traffic", based on the British miniseries "Traffick"; as he told The New York Times (February 5, 2000), some aspects of the film were based on his own experiences as a drug addict; received Oscar for Best Adapted Screenpl|
|Gardner Gaghan||Son||born c. April 2000|
|Michael McCraine||Companion||met during his recovery process from drug addiction|
|Kentucky Country Day School|
|Gaghan had his short story, "The Year With No Winter", published in The Iowa Review in 1990.|
|On his upbringing in Louisville, Gaghan (who admits to having "an addictive personality"), told the Los Angeles Times (January 7, 2001):
"It's a town where smoking cigarettes is jingoistic," he says, referring to the local tobacco industry. "It's a city that's all about booze, tobacco and horse racing. . . .
"In Louisville, there are a lot of euphemisms. I remember when an aunt or an uncle would disappear for two weeks, we were told, they were 'taking the waters,' which I later learned meant they were drying out somewhere. It was a hard-drinking environment. In Kentucky, you learn how to drink bourbon."
|"People were asking me about where the movie came from, where I got the characters and situations for 'Traffic,' and I found myself starting to speak in code," he said. He would talk about research he had done in the drug culture, about unnamed acquaintances, but he never admitted the core truth: that a lot of it came from his own life.
"Part of the recovery process is a commitment to truth, and I began to feel that I was not being truthful," he said. "The stigma and shame of drug addiction is part of what makes it difficult for people to raise their hand and ask for help, and I felt that by not being completely honest I was, in a way, perpetuating that stigma." --From The New York Times, February 5, 2000.
|Gaghan estimates that he had been arrested some 20 to 30 times for misdemeanor charges related to his addictions, including three D.U.I.'s.|
|"I smoked crack in my office on the Universal lot, always with some heroin to even it out," he said. "I smoked crack in my office on the Fox lot. Oh God, what are people going to think when they read this? I will never work in this town again." --Gaghan to Rick Lyman, quoted in "The Screenwriter for 'Traffic' Says He Drew on His Past of Drug Use" in The New York Times, February 5, 2001.|
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