Chris Columbus

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
One of the more successful filmmakers to come from the Spielberg school of genre moviemaking, writer-director Chris Columbus emerged as a specialist in combining a sensitivity for young people's feelings with a rousing ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1958 in Spangler, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Producer (27)

Christ the Lord 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Accidents 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mediterranea 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Witch 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

3-D Rocks 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

3 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Help 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Love You, Beth Cooper 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fantastic Four 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

For the People 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Jingle All the Way 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (16)

Pixels 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

3-D Rocks 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

I Love You, Beth Cooper 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Heartbreak Hotel 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Executive (1)

Galaxy High School 1986 - 1987, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Development Executive

Biography

One of the more successful filmmakers to come from the Spielberg school of genre moviemaking, writer-director Chris Columbus emerged as a specialist in combining a sensitivity for young people's feelings with a rousing adventure yarn. Columbus entered Hollywood by way of screenwriting with his script for "Gremlins" (1984) being shepherded by Spielberg, who soon became a mentor to the young scribe. After writing the scripts for "The Goonies" (1985) and "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985), he made his directing debut with the mild family comedy "Adventures in Babysitting" (1987). Columbus entered the realm of blockbuster filmmaker with "Home Alone" (1990), arguably one of the most successful film comedies of all time. Following the sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" (1992), he had another hit with the Robin Williams vehicle "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993), which placed Columbus at the top of Hollywood's list of commercial hitmakers. Despite his overwhelming commercial success, Columbus struggled to earn the respect of critics, many of whom complained that he tended to overly sentimentalize his work by finding simple happy solutions to complicated problems. He typified such criticisms with "Bicentennial Man" (1999), which descended into cheap sentiment after a promising start. Columbus next tackled the incredibly difficult task of bring "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) to life on the big screen. Faithfully adapting that novel and the sequel "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), Columbus helped launch what became one of the most commercially successful franchises in cinema history. Though he faded to the background with "Rent" (2005) and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" (2010), Columbus remained one of Hollywood's most bankable commercial directors.

Relationships

Isabella Columbus Actor

Daughter
Mother, Monica Devereux

Brendan Columbus Actor

Son
Directed by father "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

Irene Columbus

Mother

Eleanor Columbus

Daughter
Directed by father in two "Harry Potter" films and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"

Violet Columbus Actor

Daughter
Directed by father "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

Monica Devereux

Wife
Met at a Halloween party in 1980 and Columbus proposed by their third date married in 1983

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1980
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Milestones

2015

Produced and directed "Pixels," a comedy adventure starring Adam Sandler.

2014

Produced "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters."

2014

Produced "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb."

2011

Produced critical and commercial success "The Help."

2010

Directed the film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," the first novel in the series by Rick Riordan

2009

Directed and produced the comedy film "I Love You, Beth Cooper"

2009

Produced the sequel, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

2006

Produced "Night at the Museum," starring Ben Stiller

2005

Directed the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, "Rent"

2004

Wrote and produced "Christmas with the Kranks," starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis

2002

Helmed the second installment in the series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"

2001

Directed the film version of popular children's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

1999

Re-teamed with Robin Williams as producer and director of "Bicentennial Man"

1998

Directed the drama "Stepmom," starring Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon and Ed Harris

1996

Produced "Jingle All the Way," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1995

Re-teamed with Robin Williams for the comedy film "Nine Months"

1993

Directed the comedy hit "Mrs. Doubtfire," starring Robin Williams and Sally Field

1992

Helmed sequel, "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"; scripted and produced by Hughes

1991

Wrote and directed "Only the Lonely"; also produced by Hughes

1990

Directed breakthrough film "Home Alone," scripted and produced by John Hughes

1988

Wrote and directed "Heartbreak Hotel," a fantasy about Elvis Presley starring Tuesday Weld.

1987

Feature directorial debut, "Adventures in Babysitting"

1987

Formed production company, 1492 Productions

1986

Created and wrote the first episodes of the animated series "Galaxy High School" (CBS)

1985

Last collaboration with producer Spielberg, the screenplay for "Young Sherlock Holmes"; directed by Barry Levinson

1984

Wrote "Gremlins," produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Joe Dante.

1984

Wrote teen drama "Reckless," starring Matthew Modine.

Fired as the screenwriter of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" by Spielberg and George Lucas

Sold first screenplay "Jocks" for $5,000 while at NYU; never produced

Bonus Trivia

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Started making Super 8 films in the 1970s, inspired by seeing "The Godfather."

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When Chris Columbus met with Warner Bros. executives in order to "audition" for the the assignment of directing the Harry Potter movies, he brought along his annotated copy of Steve Kloves' screenplay. As Columbus told the Daily News (Nov. 11, 2001): "I essentially put stuff back from the book and restructured [the script] to show them how I would make the movie, and I made the descriptions much more flowery so they would know what I was trying to do. I said, 'I'm actually so passionate about this that I've rewritten it to show you what I would do for free. I don't think anyone else in Hollywood would do that.'"

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As Spielberg's protege, Columbus had an office just down the hall from his mentor. He was welcome to interrupt whenever he pleased to discuss characters and to go over his pages. Their collaboration ended when Columbus was fired as the screenwriter of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).

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Actor Richard Harris on Columbus' technique on the set of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone": "Chris quite rightly concentrated on the kids. He said, 'You guys are pros, you can do it.' He was like the Pied Piper with them. They absolutely worshipped him. He never once lost his cool." - from the Daily News, Nov. 11, 2001

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