Eric Roth

Screenwriter
Though he emerged directly from film school to become a professional screenwriter, Eric Roth spent the first half of his career struggling to find his footing. After two box office duds in the late-1970s, Roth waited ... Read more »
Born: 03/21/1945 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Writer (24)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Lucky You 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Heights 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Creator

Hearts Are Wild 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Memories of Me 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Suspect 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Concorde - Airport '79 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Nickel Ride 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Jane's House (TV Show)

Screenplay

Lombardi (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The Strangers in 7A (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (2)

Luck 2012 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

House of Cards (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Though he emerged directly from film school to become a professional screenwriter, Eric Roth spent the first half of his career struggling to find his footing. After two box office duds in the late-1970s, Roth waited another nine years for his next credited project, "Suspect" (1987), which itself suffered from a lack of audience interest. It was not until his Oscar-winning adaptation of "Forrest Gump" (1994) that Roth began to emerge as a prominent Hollywood scribe. But his career almost took a turn toward disaster with his next film, "The Postman" (1997), a sci-fi epic that proved to be almost ruinous for all involved, especially Roth, who had, up to that point, a trail of failures and only one success. Things began an upward trajectory that rarely wavered off course when he wrote the excellent drama, "The Insider" (1999), which earned critical kudos for its complex and richly developed tale about a real life whistleblower who risks everything to tell the truth about the tobacco industry. Ever since that film, Roth churned out scripts for several more notable films - including "Munich" (2005) and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) - which finally helped land him on secure ground while becoming one of the most highly-sought after screenwriters working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Steven Roth

Brother

Nancy Roth

Sister

Leon Roth

Father
Taught film at USC

Mimi Roth

Mother
Was one of the first female executives at a major Hollywood studio when she worked at United Artists from 1958 to 1971 later taught screenwriting at USC died in 2002 of cancer at age 81

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara , California

Milestones

2011

Penned the screenplay for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer and directed by Stephen Daldry

2011

Produced the HBO series "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman; also wrote episodes for the series

2008

Adapted the screenplay for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story; earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay

2007

Penned the screenplay for "Lucky You," starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore

2006

Scripted the original film "The Good Shepherd," about the birth of the CIA; directed by Robert De Niro and starring Matt Damon

2005

Teamed with Tony Kushner to write the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centers on the aftermath of the tragic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympic games; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay

2001

Re-teamed with Michael Mann on the script for the biopic "Ali," starring Will Smith in the title role and directed by Mann

1999

Co-scripted (with director Michael Mann) "The Insider," the story of tobacco industry whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand; earned an Oscar nomination for Adapted Screenplay

1998

Adapted the Nicholas Evans' novel "The Horse Whisperer" for director-star Robert Redford

1997

Wrote the screenplay adaptation for "The Postman," which starred and was directed by Kevin Costner

1994

Adapted the screenplay for the Robert Zemeckis directed "Forrest Gump" from the novel by Winston Groome

1992

Created the short-lived Fox series "The Heights"

1992

TV series debut, the short-lived drama, "Hearts Are Wild" (CBS)

1975

Original screenplay debut, "The Nickel Ride"

1972

TV-movie debut, "The Strangers in 7A" (CBS)

1969

Won the Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award at UCLA

Began career writing documentaries

Bonus Trivia

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Roth was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Screenwriting Award at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Screenwriters Showcase on June 9, 2008.

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