Bill Condon

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon was a master storyteller who took his audiences on emotional journeys beyond their wildest imaginations, leaving them wanting more. Dark thrillers, mysteries and middling ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1955 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (16)

Mr. Holmes 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fifth Estate 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big C 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Others 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Murder 101 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Sister, Sister 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead in the Water (TV Show)

Director

Deadly Relations (TV Show)

Director

White Lie (TV Show)

Director
Writer (9)

Shortcut to Happiness 2007 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Writer for the Screen (Screenplay)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chicago 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sister, Sister 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strange Invaders 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Strange Behavior 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

Strange Behavior 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Actor (2)

Dreamgirls: Divas Drama and Destiny 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Movie 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon was a master storyteller who took his audiences on emotional journeys beyond their wildest imaginations, leaving them wanting more. Dark thrillers, mysteries and middling horror films punctuated Condon's early career, but he was far from a one-note director. After delving into more serious and personal subjects for a time, he ultimately threw everyone a curve ball by displaying his theatrical side with elaborate musical film productions. Condon received numerous accolades for either writing and/or directing heavy-hitting dramas such as "Gods and Monsters" (1998) - which earned him an Oscar for Adapted Screenplay - starring Ian McKellen as an ailing director reliving his old flamboyant life through fantasy, and the biopic "Kinsey" (2004) about the provocative real-life sex researcher. He also wrote the scripts for glittery musical spectacles like "Chicago" (2002) and "Dreamgirls" (2006), the latter of which he also directed. Five years later, the filmmaker stunned his more ardent fans by signing on to direct the concluding two chapters of the record-breaking movie franchise - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" (2011, 2012), films that while not critically embraced, placed Condon at the upper echelon of commercially successful movie directors. Whether it was intimate art house dramas, high-stepping, glamorous musicals or mainstream blockbusters of the highest order, Condon had proven himself more than capable of delivering the goods.

Relationships

Jack Morrissey

Companion

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Regis High School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Returned as director of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2"

2011

Directed "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1"

2010

Executive produced and directed the pilot episode of Showtime series "The Big C"

2009

Wrote and produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards; earned Emmy nominations for Writing and for Special Class Programs

2006

Wrote and directed the film adaptation of "Dreamgirls," the acclaimed Broadway musical loosely based on the musical group The Supremes; earned a nomination from the Directors Guild of America

2004

Directed and scripted "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson as Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay

2002

Wrote the screenplay adaptation of the stage musical "Chicago"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay (Adapted)

1998

Wrote and directed the critically acclaimed "Gods and Monsters," a fictionalized meditation on the last days of expatriate British director James Whale; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay

1995

Helmed the sequel "Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh"; initial screen collaboration with Clive Barker

1993

Made network debut as director with the ABC drama "Deadly Relations"

1991

TV debut as director, the first of three USA Network movies, "Murder 101"

1988

Made his feature directorial debut with "Sister, Sister"; also co-wrote screenplay

1983

Co-wrote (with Laughlin) the sci-fi spoof "Strange Invaders"

1981

Made screenwriting debut with the horror spoof "Strange Behavior," directed by Michael Laughlin (billed as William Condon)

Wrote for such publications as American Film and Millimeter

Bonus Trivia

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"Although I was inspired by James Whale for the expressionistic elements in the flashbacks, the film is really a '50s film, when they did everything in color and widescreen. It's like James Whale is really an anachronism in that time, and finds himself inside a Douglas Sirk movie" – Condon speaking about "Gods and Monsters" to Cinefantastique, November 1998

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