Doug Liman

Director, Director of photography
A neophyte director who scored a hit with his first released feature, "Swingers" (1996), Doug Liman emerged as a true auteur who balanced a high-energy visual style with richly drawn characters. With "Swingers," a ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (15)

Suits 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

After the Fall 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Covert Affairs 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Killing Floor 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knight Rider 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knight Rider 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cry Wolf 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mail Order Wife 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

See Jane Run (Sarah Thorp/Doug Liman) 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Knight Rider (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (11)

Edge of Tomorrow 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

I Just Want My Pants Back 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Jumper 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The O.C. 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Go 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Getting In 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Heist (Tv Show)

Director
Camera, Film, & Tape (4)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Go 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Swingers 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Actor (2)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

A neophyte director who scored a hit with his first released feature, "Swingers" (1996), Doug Liman emerged as a true auteur who balanced a high-energy visual style with richly drawn characters. With "Swingers," a low-budget indie hit made for $250,000 that managed to redefine the cultural zeitgeist, Liman parlayed that film's popularity into a fruitful career as a top-shelf Hollywood director and executive producer. No less successful was his sophomore effort, "Go" (1999), which solidified his reputation as a go-to director for character-driven, youth-oriented films. But he vaulted into the mainstream limelight with his next film, "The Bourne Identity" (2001), a high-octane espionage thriller that was equal parts action and character, all the while helping to redefine the spy film. While serving as the executive producer on the ensuing films in the "Bourne" franchise, Liman had his biggest box office hit to date, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (2005), a huge commercial hit that was partly driven by stars Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie engaging in a tabloid-friendly affair during and after production. He took a step back with the critically-maligned "Jumper" (2009), while also venturing into television as both a director and producer on shows like "The O.C." (Fox, 2003-07) and "Covert Affairs" (USA Network, 2010- ), which only added to Liman's already impressive résumé.

Relationships

Ellen Fogelson

Mother

Arthur Liman

Father
Chief counsel to the Senate during the Iran-contra hearings in the 1980s died in 1997 of bladder cancer

Lewis Liman

Brother
Born in 1960 works as a prosecuting attorney for New York Federal District Court

Emily Liman

Sister

EDUCATION

International Center of Photography

New York , New York
Attended while in high school

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1988
Helped to start the school's student-run cable TV station; was the first station manager

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Attended USC's School of Cinema-Television

Milestones

2010

Directed "Fair Game," which is based on the true story of former CIA officer Valerie Plame (played by Naomi Watts)

2008

Returned to directing with "Jumper" starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson

2007

Produced "The Bourne Ultimatum" starring Matt Damon

2005

Directed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the dark comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"

2005

Served as executive producer for "The Bourne Supremacy"

2003

Directed the pilot episode of "The O.C." (Fox)

2002

Directed (also produced) Matt Damon in the hit feature "The Bourne Identity"; adapted from a Robert Ludlum novel

2001

Produced the indie film "See Jane Run" starring Clea DuVall and Kevin Corrigan

1999

Helmed second feature "Go"; also served as director of photography; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1996

First feature released, "Swingers"; also served as director of photography

1993

Feature film directing debut, the direct-to-video release "Getting In/Student Body"

Began making short films while in junior high school

Co-founded the student-run cable TV station while attending Brown University

Bonus Trivia

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With two friends from Brown University (David Bartis and Liz Hamburg), Liman started the Web site NibbleBox (www.nibblebox.com)

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"I think teens are really smart. 'Go' will show you don't have to spoon-feed them garbage and that they can choose to see an original movie." - Liman quoted in Entertainment Weekly, April 23, 1999

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"I think there is also a tendency for people who make independent films, they want to make cool movies. This is probably, in terms of psychiatry, the single most likely explanation for that - independent filmmakers want to make cool movies. And part of making a cool movie is to make these dark, edgy, sort of unlikable characters. I don't want to make 'cool' movies, I want to make sweet, uplifting films. To me those are the cool movies, the movies trying not to be cool." - Liman quoted as part of March 1999's Independent Feature Project interview

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