Cameron Crowe

Screenwriter, Director, Magazine writer
After having been the youngest contributing writer in the history of Rolling Stone magazine, Cameron Crowe parlayed his early success into a filmmaking career that included some of the seminal relationship movies ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1957 in Palm Springs, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (14)

Aloha 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fast Times 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

("Fast Times at Ridgemont High") (Book as Source Material)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (10)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Hollywood 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Club Interviewer (Actor)

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (10)

Aloha 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Union 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (10)

Aloha 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

The Union 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (4)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

("Gathering Stories") (Song)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

("Same In Any Language") (Song)

Vanilla Sky 2001 (Movie)

("I Fall Apart") (Song)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

original songs (Song)
Other (2)

Going All the Way 1997 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

After having been the youngest contributing writer in the history of Rolling Stone magazine, Cameron Crowe parlayed his early success into a filmmaking career that included some of the seminal relationship movies of the 1980s and 1990s. Crowe spent his unusual adolescence as a music reviewer and writer for several prominent magazines, including Creem and Playboy. But when Rolling Stone left the West Coast for New York, he stayed put and wrote a book about his undercover high school experiences, which was turned into the seminal teenage comedy, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982), for which he wrote the script. He soon followed up with his feature debut as a director with "Say Anything" (1989), a surprisingly mature and insightful teenage romantic comedy that stood apart and atop from all the others in the genre. Following a look into the love lives of grunge-era twenty-somethings in "Singles" (1992), Crowe had a huge critical and commercial hit with "Jerry Maguire" (1996), which boasted one of Tom Cruise's finest performances and inducted the catchphrase "Show me the money!" into the cultural lexicon. Drawing upon his early experiences as a traveling music journalist for "Almost Famous" (2000), Crowe enjoyed his greatest critical praise, as well as an Academy Award for his screenplay. Though he stumbled with the New Age-y "Vanilla Sky" (2001) and the critically panned "Elizabethtown" (2005), Crowe had already firmly established himself as a hero of Gen-X moviegoers who appreciated his personalized, character-driven films.

Relationships

Alice Marie Crowe

Mother

Curtis Crowe Actor

Son
born c. 2000 twin to Billy Crowe

Billy Crowe

Son
born c. 2000 twin to Curtis Crowe

James Crowe Driver

Father

Alice Marie Crowe Actor

Mother
taught sociology and english literature

Cynthia Webber

Sister
born in October 1956 reportedly estranged from Alice Crowe: Cameron Crowe has said that he made "Almost Famous" in the hopes of promoting a reconciliation between his mother and sister

Nancy Wilson Song

Wife
With her sister, was part of the rock group, Heart co-wrote and performed one song from soundtrack album for "Say Anything" wrote the score for "Jerry Maguire" filed for divorce in September 2010, citing irreconcilable differences

EDUCATION

California State University, San Diego

San Diego , California
dropped out

attended a Catholic high school

Milestones

2011

Directed first feature in six years, "We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson; also co-wrote screenplay with Aline Brosh McKenna

2001

Reteamed with Tom Cruise in "Vanilla Sky," a remake of the 1997 Spanish film "Abre los ojos"

2000

Wrote and directed the autobiographical "Almost Famous," based on his years as a teen reporter for Rolling Stone; earned Best Original Screenplay Academy Award

1997

Signed three-year, first-look deal with DreamWroks SKG

1996

Breakthrough feature as writer-director with "Jerry Maguire" with Tom Cruise in the starring role; earned Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1992

Wrote and directed ensemble dramedy "Singles"

1990

Wrote album notes for a boxed set of recordings by Led Zeppelin

1989

Feature directorial debut, "Say Anything"; also wrote

1986

Wrote album notes for Bob Dylan's "Biograph"; earned Grammy nomination

1986

Served as creative consultant for CBS comedy series "Fast Times"

1984

First film as co-producer (also writer), "The Wild Life"

1982

Feature writing debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"

1979

Returned to high school (undercover) to do research for book on teenagers; result was top-selling "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"; optioned by Universal Studios in galley form with Crowe slated to write screenplay

Began journalism career at age 15, eventually writing on freelance basis for such publications as Playboy, Circus, Creem and Penthouse

Joined staff of Rolling Stone at age 16; worked as contributing and associate editor; wrote profiles on Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton, among others

Raised in San Diego, CA

Bonus Trivia

.

"John Cusack once told me while making 'Say Anything' that my writing is not easy to act. The key is to play it as if it is real life...and real life is not easy to act because real life is mostly boring." – Crowe in "The 'Jerry Maguire' Journal", published in Rolling Stone, Dec. 26, 1996-Jan. 9, 1997

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