Edward Zwick

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Often considered to be a throwback to an older Hollywood era, director Edward Zwick was an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently featured fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues and plots driven ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1952 in Winnetka, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (26)

Nashville 1984 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2002, 2016 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Birth of a Nation 2016 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cut Bank 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pawn Sacrifice 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

About Alex 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quarterlife 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cowboys and Idiots 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Traffic 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

My So-Called Life 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dream Street 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Family (TV Show)

Producer

Sawdust (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (18)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Pawn Sacrifice 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Relativity 1984 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Best Times 1984 - 1986, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Insiders 1985 - 1986, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Legends of the Fall 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

About Last Night 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Paper Dolls 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

Having It All (TV Show)

Director

Special Bulletin (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

The Great Wall 2017 (Movie)

(Story By)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love and Other Drugs 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Defiance 2008 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Blood Diamond 2006 (Movie)

(previous draft) (Screenplay)

The Last Samurai 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once and Again 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Creator

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (7)

Once and Again 1984 - 1986, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2002, 2016 - 2017 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America Responds: A Special Report 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside "thirtysomething" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

WOMEN vs. MEN (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Often considered to be a throwback to an older Hollywood era, director Edward Zwick was an extremely cerebral director whose movies consistently featured fully rounded characters, difficult moral issues and plots driven on the ambiguity of authority and on individual conscience as the ultimate arbiter of truth. Zwick got his start in television, directing episodes of long-gone shows until he partnered with friend Marshall Herskovitz to produce the Emmy Award-winning drama, "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). While enjoying the fruits of his small screen success, Zwick struck a major chord with his second feature, "Glory" (1989), which told the often neglected story of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union during the Civil War. He parlayed this award-worthy epic into a string of financial and critical hits, including "Legends of the Fall" (1994), "Courage Under Fire" (1996) and "The Siege" (1998), before he settled into a producer's role on "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and "Traffic" (2000). Though he would take more time off between directing projects later in his career, Zwick continued to make epic films that were large in scope while remaining intensely personal, confirming that he was one of the more well-rounded directors working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Liberty Godshall

Wife

Frankie Zwick

Daughter
Born in 1993 mother, Liberty Godshall

Jesse Zwick Writer

Son
Born in 1986 mother, Liberty Godshall was a production assistant on his father's film "Blood Diamond" (2006)

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

1975

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1974
(AB)

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1975 - 1977
Graduated 1977

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1975

Milestones

2010

Directed Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs," based on the book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman

2008

Directed the World War II drama "Defiance"

2006

Directed Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou in "Blood Diamond"

2003

Directed the Epic "The Last Samurai," featuring Tom Cruise

2001

Produced the drama feature "I Am Sam"

2000

Signed on as one of the producers for "Traffic"; earned a Best Picture Academy Award nomination

1999

Re-teamed with Herskovitz as co-creator and co-exeuctive producer of the ABC drama series "Once and Again"

1998

Produced and directed "The Siege," about a terrorist campaign in NYC and the resultant martial law; third film with Denzel Washington

1998

Served as one of the producers for Herskovitz's "Dangerous Beauty"

1998

Served as a producer on the Oscar-winning film "Shakespeare in Love"; at one time Zwick was set to direct the film but the project was put on hold

1996

Returned to TV as executive producer (with Herskovitz) of the short-lived ABC drama "Relativity"; also directed episodes

1996

Helmed the Persian Gulf War drama "Courage Under Fire"; second film with Denzel Washington

1994

Helped put the angst back in adolescence as one of the executive producers of the cult ABC series "My So Called Life" (ABC); after its cancellation MTV obtained broadcasting rights

1994

Debut as feature producer, "Legends of the Fall"; also directed

1992

Helmed the feature "Leaving Normal," starring Christine Lahti

1989

Became an established feature director with "Glory"; first association with Denzel Washington

1987

Returned to series TV as the creator, writer and producer (with Herskovitz) of "thirtysomething" (ABC)

1986

Feature directorial debut, "About Last Night..."

1985

Co-formed Bedford Falls Company with Herskovitz

1985

Directed episodes of ABC's "The Insiders" (premiere) and NBC's "The Best Times"

1983

Directed, co-wrote story and co-produced Emmy-winning TV-movie "Special Bulletin" (NBC); marked beginning of collaboration with Marshall Herskovitz

1982

Helmed ABC movies "Having It All" and "Paper Dolls"

1976

Short film "Timothy and the Angel," made while a student at AFI, won first place at the student film competition at the 1976 Chicago Film Festival

1976

Made series debut, as writer, director and producer for "Family" (ABC)

1972

Worked as editor and feature writer for The New Republic and Rolling Stone magazines

Received a Rockefeller Fellowship to study theater abroad

Began directing and acting in high school, leading to an apprenticeship at the Academy Festival in Lake Forest, IL

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