David Mamet

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Arguably one of the most prolific and influential playwrights of the latter-20th century, David Mamet amassed a body of work that became famous for his spare, gritty and often profane language which also possessed such ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Writer (38)

About Last Night 2014 (Movie)

(from play: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago") (Source Material)

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Edmond 2006 (Movie)

(from play: "Edmond") (Source Material)

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

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

Writer

Hannibal 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heist 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Winslow Boy 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Edge 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

("American Buffalo") (Play as Source Material)

Texan 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

Oleanna 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Oleanna 1994 (Movie)

("Oleanna") (Play as Source Material)

Vanya on 42nd Street 1994 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Rising Sun 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 (Movie)

("Glengarry Glen Ross") (Play as Source Material)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Homicide 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

We're No Angels 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Things Change 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Games 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Games 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Untouchables 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

About Last Night 1986 (Movie)

("Sexual Perversity in Chicago") (Play as Source Material)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Life in the Theatre 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Uncle Vanya (TV Show)

Writer
Director (14)

Phil Spector 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Spartan 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shield 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Heist 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Winslow Boy 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Director

Oleanna 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicide 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Things Change 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Games 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Catastrophe (TV Show)

Director
Actor (9)

The Simpsons 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Directors: David Mamet 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist 1994 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Chicago on Stage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Herb (Actor)

The Water Engine (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

The Unit 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Lansky 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Life in the Theatre 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Lip Service (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Arguably one of the most prolific and influential playwrights of the latter-20th century, David Mamet amassed a body of work that became famous for his spare, gritty and often profane language which also possessed such a unique cadence that his dialogue was dubbed "Mamet speak. " Noted for his strong male characters and their macho posturing, Mamet's knack for creating low-key yet highly charged verbal confrontations in a male-dominated world consistently made his work fodder for discussion and deconstruction. Mamet was also routinely called a misogynist for his inability to create meaningful female characters, though he met such criticism head-on by penning several works centered on strong women. Indelibly tied to the Chicago theater scene, Mamet gained attention with "American Buffalo" (1975) and "A Life in the Theatre" (1977) before making the transition to the big screen with the scripts for "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1981) and "Verdict" (1982). Following major awards for the stage plays "Edmund" (1982) and "Glengarry Glenn Ross" (1984) - the latter of which was turned into a memorable 1992 film - Mamet made his directorial debut with the lauded thriller "House of Games" (1987). Also that year, he wrote one of his better screenplays, "The Untouchables" (1987), for director Brian De Palma, while launching one of his many broadsides against show business with the play "Speed-the-Plow" (1988). Mamet tackled calls of misogyny with "Oleanna" (1992), a theatrical piece that addressed sexual politics between two equally matched characters struggling for psychological domination over the other. Continuing to make his mark on film, he wrote "Wag the Dog" (1998) before directing "The Spanish Prisoner" (1998) and "State and Main" (2000), all three of which earned him considerable critical praise. Though he took a surprising turn into mainstream Hollywood fare by penning the original draft of the thriller "Hannibal" (2001), Mamet found more artistic freedom in small projects like "Spartan" (2004), before again catching critics off-guard by creating his first television show, "The Unit" (CBS, 2006-09). Despite the constant analysis of his life and work, Mamet managed to remain somewhat of an enigma, particularly in Hollywood, where he had considerable influence while maintaining a healthy distance from it.

Relationships

Lindsay Crouse Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 21, 1977 He directed her in "House of Games" (1987) Divorced 1990

Bernard Mamet

Father
Divorced Mamet's mother in 1958 died of cancer in 1991 at age 68

Zosia Mamet Actor

Daughter
Born Feb. 2, 1988; mother, Lindsay Crouse

Lenore Mamet

Mother
Divorced Mamet's father in 1958 remarried to former law partner of her ex-husband also named Bernie

Clara Mamet

Daughter
Born Sept. 29, 1994 mother, Rebecca Pidgeon

Willa Mamet

Daughter
Born c. 1982 mother, Lindsay Crouse

Zosia Mamet

Daughter
Born February 2, 1988 mother, Lindsay Crouse

Noah Mamet

Son
Born February 1, 1999 mother, Rebecca Pidgeon

Lynn Mamet

Sister
Younger

Tony Mamet

Half-Brother
Acted in "Homicide" (1991) and "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997)

Clara Mamet Actor

Daughter

Rebecca Pidgeon Actor

Wife
Met 1989 when she acted in his play "Speed-the-Plow" in London Married Sept. 22, 1991; she converted to Judaism and had a bat mitzvah since marrying

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York 1967 - 1968

Goddard College

Plainfield , Vermont 1969
Spent junior year in off-campus study program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York

Milestones

2008

Directed and wrote the mixed martial arts movie, "Redbelt"

2006

Created and executive produced CBS's special forces drama, "The Unit"

2001

Wrote and directed the crime thriller, "Heist"

2000

Began contributing cartoons to Boston magazine; feature called "Dammit, Mamet!"

2000

Wrote and directed the comedy film "State and Main"

1999

Adapted and directed film remake of Terrence Rattigan's "The Winslow Boy"

1999

Agreed to serve for one-year as a contributor to Premiere magazine

1999

Penned the play "Boston Marriage" about a lesbian couple (played by Felicity Huffman and Rebecca Pidgeon); premiered at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1998

Co-wrote the action film "Ronin"; used pseudonym Richard Weisz

1997

Wrote and directed "The Spanish Prisoner"; based on his play of the same name

1997

Returned to Broadway with "The Old Neighborhood"

1997

Co-scripted (with Hilary Henkin) the screenplay for Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"; earned and Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay

1996

Directed the HBO special, "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants"; based on the Off-Broadway staging

1996

Wrote screenplay adaptation of "American Buffalo"

1994

Published first novel, The Village

1994

Provided the adaptation of "Uncle Vanya" that was the basis for Louis Malle's art-house success "Vanya on 42nd Street"

1994

Staged the Off-Broadway production of "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants"

1992

Had controversial Off-Broadway hit with "Oleanna"; play examined sexual politics and political correctness

1992

Adapted "The Water Engine" for TNT; also appeared in bit part

1992

Wrote screen adaptation of "Glengarry Glen Ross"

1988

Earned Tony nomination for "Speed-the-Plow" starring Ron Silver and Madonna

1987

Feature acting debut, "Black Widow"

1987

Debut as a feature director, "House of Games"; also scripted from his original story

1987

Wrote the screenplay for Brian De Palma's big screen version of "The Untouchables"

1985

Founded the Atlantic Theatre Company (traveling company based in New York) with William H Macy and Gregory Mosher as a summer workshop in Vermont for his NYU students

1985

Debuted "The Spanish Prisoner" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre

1983

His play "Glengarry Glen Ross" premiered in England; won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

1982

Screenplay for "The Verdict" earned Oscar nomination

1981

Scripted first feature, "The Postman Always Rings Twice"

1979

First script for TV, adaptation of his play "A Life in the Theatre" (PBS); later remade for TNT in 1993

1978

Appointed artistic director and playwright-in-residence at Goodman Theatre in Chicago

1975

Double bill of plays first produced Off-Broadway, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "Duck Variations"

1975

First play produced on Broadway, "American Buffalo"

1970

Founded Chicago's St. Nicholas Theatre Company at age 24; served as artistic director

1969

First play, "Lakeboat" was produced in Marlboro, VT

Worked as a busboy in the Second City improvisational comedy troupe's home base

Taught at the Yale Drama School

Lectured in drama at the University of Chicago

Appeared as a soda jerk in a weekly local TV variety show that dealt with Jewish themes and issues

Will make Broadway directing debut with "Race" (December)

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